Your browser does not support Java Script!
DPS HomeSkip to the content of this page


Arizona @ Your Service
 Home  |  DPS Home Page |  Newsletters
Human Resources
Final Roll Call
Public Service Sections
  Licensing Unit Information Center

Information on obtaining a security guard or private investigator registration certificate or a security guard or private investigator agency license.

Check license status

The applicant's fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI.
The procedures for obtaining a change, correction, or updating of your criminal history record are set forth in Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 16.34.


Security guard and private investigator registration applications have been updated and redesigned to be two separate applications.

There is now an application only for security guards and another one only for private investigators.


Agency licensing applications have also been updated and separated into two new applications.

Please download and use the correct application for your situation.


The submission of older and outdated applications may delay the processing times and approval of your registration or license.

Please download and use the new applications.


Forms Page


Armed Agencies

 New armed roster and instructions are now available

on our forms page 

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute §32-2632D, armed security guard agencies are required to submit monthly armed rosters to the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Licensing Unit.  Effective July 1, 2013 the Licensing Investigations Unit has taken over the responsibility of collecting these monthly reports.  In addition, they have created a single use form that will capture all required information and will eliminate the need to use the three separate forms that have been required up until now. A copy of the new form is now available online on the Licensing website as well as instructions on how to complete the form.  Please discontinue using any other versions of the roster.  The new form should make reporting a whole lot easier. Please call the Licensing Investigations Unit if you have any questions regarding the new form or reporting procedures.  

Unarmed Training Verification Form

There has been a revision of the Security Guard Unarmed Training Verification Form.

This half page form is now divided in three sections. The first section is to be completed by the security guard applicant. The second section needs to be filled by the training facility, authorized instructor or security guard agency that is conducting the unarmed training. The third section needs to be signed by the qualifying party or resident manager of the security guard agency that is hiring or sponsoring the security guard.

Please start using this new form immediately.  Older forms will still be processed, however you may receive a courtesy call from our office requesting that you start using the new form. The new form can be downloaded from our Forms list on our Licensing Unit website.

  Complaint Form

Complaints against security guards, private investigators or their agencies must be submitted in writing as stated on Arizona Revised Statute §32-2456(E) and §32-2639(E). and Arizona Administrative Code R13-2-404 and R13-6-404. Please use this form to file a complaint. The complaint form needs to be printed, filled out and faxed or mailed to the Licensing Investigations Unit.


What You Should Know . . . .

Before Hiring a Private Investigative Agency

Before Hiring a Security Guard Agency

Arizona Revised Statutes

Security Guards

Private Investigators


Arizona Administrative Rules

Security Guards

Private Investigators

Firearms Safety Instructor for Security Guards Training Materials

 SG Firearms Instructor Application

 SG Firearms Instructor Qualifications and Instructions

 Revised Lesson Plans for Security Guard and Firearms Training

Private Investigator and Security Guard Hearing Board


The Licensing Unit operates under authority of the State of Arizona Security Guards law, Arizona Revised Statute §32-2601 through §32-2642 and Private Investigators law, Arizona Revised Statute §32-2401 through §32-2461 and Arizona Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 2 and Chapter 6.

The Licensing Unit regulates security guards, security guard agencies, private investigators and private investigative agencies. Additionally, the unit accepts complaints from the public and enforces statutory laws and administrative rules pertaining to those entities.


The Department of Public Safety Licensing Unit

is located at:

2102 West Encanto Blvd, Phoenix, AZ. 85009

South entrance of the DPS Headquarters building


Hours of operation: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Closed on all state holidays


Phone (602) 223-2361

Fax (602) 223-2938

Arizona Department of Public Safety

Licensing Unit
P.O. Box 6328, MD 1160

Phoenix, Arizona 85005

Metro Phoenix: (602) 223-2361
Fax: (602) 223-2938

Licensing Unit Site created November 18, 2005
For inquiries or comments about this site, e-mail us:

License Status   Location Information   Change of Address   Disqualifiers-All Types Need New Card   Fingerprints   Fees   Forms   Security Guard   Private Investigator

SG Agency License   PI Agency License


Last update 04/07/2014

News & Information   






04-07-14:  *New* Security guard, security guard agency, private investigator and private investigation agency applications have been updated and changed to two separate applications. Now

availible on our forms page.


 04-04-14:  *New* Posted the April 10, 2014 Hearing Board agenda


03-13-14:  *New* Posted new security guard firearms-safety instructor application and updated instruction page


02-21-14:  Posted the February 27, 2014 Hearing Board agenda


01-17-14:  Posted the January 23, 2014 Hearing Board agenda


10-04-13:  Posted the November 13, 2013 Hearing Board agenda


10-11-13:  8-hour armed refresher training  must be completed before December 31, 2013. Training form availible on our forms page.


10-04-13:  Posted the October 9, 2013 Hearing Board agenda


08-22-13:  Posted the August 28, 2013 Hearing Board agenda


 07-08-13:  Posted the July 10, 2013 Hearing Board agenda


06-06-13:  Armed Roster and Armed Roster Instructions availible on our forms page.


04-05-13:  Posted the April 10, 2013 Hearing Board agenda


03-06-13:  2012 Armed refresher training deadline   has passed.


01-07-13:  Posted the January 9, 2013 Hearing Board agenda


10-19-12:   Posted the October 24, 2012 Hearing Board agenda.


10-16-12:  8-hour armed refresher training  must be completed before December 31, 2012. Training form availible on our forms page.


09-11-12:  Posted the September 12, 2012 Hearing Board agenda.


06-25-12: Posted the June 27, 2012 Hearing Board agenda


06-25-12:  Posted the June 27, 2012 Hearing Board agenda.


05-08-12:  Posted the May 9, 2012 Hearing Board agenda.


03-27-12:  Posted the February 29, 2012 Hearing Board agenda.


03-07-12:  Security guard/Private investigator registration application and Security guard/Private investigator agency application has been changed. The new forms are available on the Forms Page.  PLEASE USE THE NEW APPLICATIONS.


02-29-12:  Posted the February 29, 2012 Hearing Board agenda.


02-24-12: The DPS Licensing Unit is reducing the FBI fingerprint processing  fee to $22.00 on March 19, 2012.


02-10-12: Armed refresher training verifications for 2011 are past due.


02-10-12:  Redesigned main web page..


12-16-11: A new replacement card request form available on the Forms Page. Hearing Board vacancy closed, applications are being reviewed.


11-30-11: Hearing Board Vacancy deadline extended. Resumes need to be received by 12/16/11.


11-22-11: Updated instructions on Forms Page for new private investigation agency, private investigation agency renewal, security guard agency, security guard agency renewal, new resident manager and added resident manager renewal instructions.


11-10-11: Hearing board dates are tentatively set for 2012.


11-08-11: Posted the November 9, 2011 Hearing Board agenda.


10-31-11:   Updated unarmed 8 hour training syllabus available on the Forms Page.


09-20-11:  Posted the September 22, 2011 Hearing Board agenda.


09-16-11:  Hearing Board Vacancy announced. Resumes need to be received by 11/30/11.


09-15-11:  All armed 8 hour refresher training for 2011 must be submitted by January 31, 2012.


08-19-11:  Hearing Board vacancy has been filled and elections completed.


08-16-11:  Posted the August 18, 2011 Hearing Board agenda.


05-25-11:  Hearing Board Vacancy announced. Resumes need to be received by 06/30/11.


05-25-11:  Unarmed training verification form has been revised. The new form can be downloaded from our Forms Page.


05-17-11:  Posted the May 19, 2011 Hearing Board agenda.


05-11-11:   Revised welcome page and added Surety Bond form to Private Investigation agencies forms page.


04-08-11:   Welcome page revised.


02-22-11:   Posted the February 23, 2011 Hearing Board agenda.


02-08-11:   Browser friendly links added to bottom of main page.


02-04-11:   Revised 2011 Hearing Board dates.


01-10-11:   Posted the January 12, 2011 Hearing Board agenda.


01-03-11:  Hearing board dates are tentatively set for 2011. Created new page for fillable agency forms.




















Spacer used to seperate text


Privacy Statement


Copyright 2003-2008 Arizona Department of Public Safety, All Rights Reserved


»License Status  »Location Information  »Change of Address  »Disqualifiers-All Types  »Need a New Card?  »Fingerprints  »Fees  »Forms  »Security Guard  »Private Investigator  »SG Agency License  »PI Agency License