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Security Guard Step How to Get Your Security License

Such an honorable job requires a person who is ready and prepared to take on such a great responsibility. If you want to provide services in security the first task is to receive the proper training. Security licensing is a requirement in the state of Florida.

The class of security license depends upon the security guard company and work. A class G license is for those who need to carry a weapon. In other words, an armed security guard. There are more restrictions as who can obtain a class G security license rather than a class D security license.  In Florida, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing processes the application for a license.

Chapter 493 of the Florida Statutes has information you’ll want to read. It’s contains information about Private Investigative, Private Security, and Repossession Services.

Are you qualified to apply?

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A citizen or legal resident alien of the USA or granted authority to work in this country by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Provide current Residence address (NOT a P.O. Box)

What is your history?

  • Provide 5 years of Residence address(es)
  • Employment history for past 5 years. (including time frame of unemployment or student status)
  • Military history (documentation and dates if ever been court-martialed, fined, or disciplined under UCMJ or service regulations.
  • Criminal history (1-3 month process to complete criminal history check)
    • You Will be denied if you:
      • have been convicted of a felony in any state or a crime against the United States, which is designatied as a felony, or convicted of an offense in any other state, territory , or country punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, unless and until Civil Rights have been restored and a period of 10 years has passes since final release from supervision
      • currently are serving a suspended sentence on a felony charge or on a probation for a felony charge
    • You May be denied if you:
      • have a hisory of being arrested for crimes of ciolence and/or found guilty of directly related crimes
      • have demonstrated a lack of respect for the laws of this state and the nation
      • have an outstanding bench warrant or capias
      • are currently in a Pre-Trial Intervention of Deferred Prosecution Program
  • Provide all aliases (nicknames, married names, maiden names, legal name change, alias names, fictitious names..)
  • Personal history
    • Ineligible if currently abusing a controlled substance
    • Court documentation restoring your capacity if
      • adjudicated incapacitated
      • involuntarily placed in a treatment facility for the mentally ill under Chapter 394, FS, or similar laws of another state
    • Diagnosed with a metal illness: provide a statement from a psychologist or psychiatrist licensed in Florida attesting that you are not currently suffering from a mental illness that precludes you from performing the duties of an unarmed sercurity officer
    • controlled substance abuse: evidence of successful completion of a drug rehabilitation program and three letters of reference
    • history of alcohol abuse: evidence successful completion of an alcohol rehabilitation program and three letters of reference

Do you have the training/experience?

Complete a minimum of 40 hours of professional training provide by a Security Officer School or Training Facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, such as the Academy of Investigation & Security in Tampa, FL.

This can be done by:

  • successfully completing 40 hours of training before initial application

There are exemptions if you have a valid ID card issued by your employing law enforcement agency, certification of completion of a training program approved by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, or if you qualify for Class “DI” Security Officer Instructor license.

Any other items required with your application?

  • Proof of Training
  • Proof of Work Authorization if not a U.S. citizen
  • Photograph (passport-type color)
  • Fingerprint card
  • Fees
    • $45 License Fee
    • $42 Fingerprint card-processing fee

Click here to view a PDF version of the Security Officer Handbook.