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Security Guard Registration

Security Guard

 

Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) governing SG licenses and registrations

Security Guards: Title 32, Chapter 26

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=32

 

Who must be registered

You must be registered if…

…You work for a security guard agency that pays you to provide security guard services to other companies.

  • Until you are registered by DPS, you cannot wear a uniform and/or stand post as a Security Guard.

  • Licenses and/or registrations from other states are not recognized in Arizona.

  • Unless you fall under one of the Exceptions in ARS §32-2606, providing security guard services without a license and/or registration is a class 1 misdemeanor. Additionally, a violation of these regulations can prevent you from obtaining a license and/or registration in the future.

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You do not need a registration certificate if…

…You work for a proprietary company as explained in Exceptions. A proprietary company pays you to be their security guard.

 

Note to Peace Officers: Peace officers operating a security agency (business) must be licensed per the requirements of this website. This means the submission of an application, fees, a workman's compensation policy, liability insurance, a list of employees and a recent letter from the agency head (or designee) that the officers may wear department uniforms and drive department vehicles. If your agency will not permit the use of agency uniforms and vehicles, you must follow the instructions below pertaining to security uniforms and vehicles. Recent inquiries of various risk management and human resources entities has shown that they WILL NOT cover officers working in this capacity, the only exception is typically if the job was coordinated through an authorized agency off duty work coordinator - check with your department for further information as the policy may vary between agencies. If your agency will cover you in this security capacity, submit a written statement from BOTH your HR and Risk Management directors, in addition to all the other required application paperwork. Consult with your agency head and HR department before creating a security business due to conflicts related to peace officer status and liability while working for a security company.

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint background check

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..

 

 

Unarmed Security Guard

  • The Unarmed Security Guard registration certificate allows you to work for any DPS-licensed security guard agency in the state.

  • The card belongs to you.

  • Expiration will be two years from the date DPS processed the application.

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New hire or more than 90 days expired

Steps

  1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Security Guard agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

  2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

  3. Submit fingerprints.

  4. Submit a passport sized color photograph of your face. Photographs should be 2"x2" or smaller.

  5. Complete the 8-hour pre-assignment unarmed training course.

  6. Submit the unarmed training verification, signed and dated by you, the instructor, and the Qualifying Party or Resident manager.

  7. Submit $72 cash, money order, cashier's check or security guard agency check payable to DPS. This covers the $50 registration certificate fee and the $22 FBI fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

 

Unarmed Renewal
  • Renewals will be accepted 60 days before the expiration date

  • If the renewal is less than 90 days past the expiration date, please add a $10 late fee

 

Steps

  1. Complete and sign the Employee section of the Registration Application.

  2. Submit fingerprints.

  3. If your appearance has changed , then submit a passport sized color photograph of your face. Photographs should be 2"x2" or smaller.

  4. Complete the 8-hour pre-assignment unarmed training course.

  5. Submit the unarmed training verification, signed and dated by you, the instructor, and the Qualifying Party or Resident manager.

  6. Submit $72 cash, money order, cashier's check or security guard agency check payable to DPS. This covers the $50 registration certificate fee and the $22 FBI fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

 

Armed Security Guard

New hire, or more than 90 days expired
  • Expiration date will be two years from when DPS processed the application.

  • An Unarmed Security Guard registration certificate will also be issued.

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Steps

  1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Armed Security Guard agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

  2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

  3. Submit fingerprints.

  4. Submit a passport sized color photograph of your face. Photographs should be 2"x2" or smaller.

  5. Complete the 8-hour pre-assignment unarmed security guard training course.

  6. Submit the unarmed training verification, signed and dated by you, the instructor, and the Qualifying Party or Resident manager.

  7. Complete 16 hours of pre-assignment firearm training from a certified firearms instructor.

  8. Submit the Armed Security Guard training form, signed and dated by the instructor and the agency.

  9. Submit $122 cash, money order, cashier's check or security guard agency check payable to DPS. This covers the $100 registration certificate fee and the $22 FBI fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

 

“Upgrade” from an Unarmed Security Guard registration certificate
  • Expiration date will be the same as your current Unarmed Security Guard registration certificate.

  • Each Armed Security Guard registration certificate permits you to work only for the agency that sponsored your armed application. This agency name will appear on the face of your Armed Security Guard card.

 

If your Unarmed Security Guard registration certificate is not expired AND submission of fingerprint card was LESS than 90 days ago …

 

Steps

  1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Security Guard Armed agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

  2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

  3. If your appearance has changed , then submit a passport sized color photograph of your face. Photographs should be 2"x2" or smaller.

  4. Complete the 16-hour firearm training course from a certified instructor.

  5. Submit the Armed Security Guard training form, signed and dated by the instructor and the agency.

  6. Submit $50 cash, money order, cashier's check or security guard agency check payable to DPS. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

 

If your Unarmed Security Guard registration certificate is not expired AND submission of fingerprint card was MORE  than 90 days ago …

 

Steps

  1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Security Guard Armed agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

  2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

  3. Submit Fingerprints.

  4. If your appearance has changed , then submit a passport sized color photograph of your face. Photographs should be 2"x2" or smaller.

  5. Complete the 16-hour firearm training course from a certified instructor.

  6. Submit the Armed Security Guard training form, signed and dated by the instructor and the agency.

  7. Submit $72 cash, money order, cashier's check or security guard agency check payable to DPS. This covers the $50 registration certificate fee and the $22 FBI fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

 

Armed Renewal
  • Renewals will be accepted 60 days before the expiration date

  • If the renewal is less than 90 days past the expiration date, please add a $10 late fee

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Steps

  1. Complete and sign the Employee section of the Registration Application.

  2. Submit Fingerprints.

  3. If your appearance has changed , then submit a passport sized color photograph of your face. Photographs should be 2"x2" or smaller.

  4. Complete the 8-hour unarmed refresher security guard training course.

  5. Submit the unarmed training verification, signed and dated by you, the instructor, and the Qualifying Party or Resident manager.

  6. Complete the 8-hour firearm training course from a certified instructor.

  7. Submit the Armed Security Guard training form, signed and dated by the instructor and the agency.

  8. Submit $122 cash, money order, cashier's check or security guard agency check payable to DPS. This covers the $100 registration certificate fee and the $22 FBI fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

 

Additional Armed Security Guard registration certificates

A separate Armed registration certificate is required for each job

You may work as an Armed Security Guard for as many agencies as you wish. An additional Armed Security Guard registration certificate is needed for each agency for which you are employed.

  • Expiration date will be the same as your Unarmed registration certificate

  • Each Armed Security Guard card belongs to you. If your employment with an agency ends, you may keep the card to show to a future employer

 

Steps

  1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Armed Security Guard agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

  2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

  3. Submit $10 cash, money order, cashier's check or security guard agency check payable to DPS. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

  4. Submit proof of identification, such as a Drivers License.

 

 

Firearms training requirements

A new Armed Security Guard must have 16 hours of documented training from a DPS-Certified Firearms Instructor. An Armed agency will advise who should train you.

 

A new Armed Security Guard must have 16 hours of documented training from a DPS-Certified Firearms Instructor. An Armed agency will advise who should train you.

 

Every calendar year after the issuance of the Armed Security Guard registration certificate you must have 8 hours of refresher training from a DPS-Certified firearms instructor. The signed Armed Training form must be provided to DPS. This must be received at DPS no later than January 5 of the following year.

 

If Armed Security Guard firearms refresher training is not received by DPS for each calendar year, your Armed Security Guard registration certificate(s) will be suspended.

 

Concealed Weapons Permit training

Concealed Weapons Permit training cannot be substituted for Armed Security Guard firearms training. Although firearms instructors are often certified by both Licensing Unit and Concealed Weapons Permit Unit, the actual training is different. A DPS Licensing-Certified Security Guard firearms instructor must train you. No other firearm training is authorized.

 

A Concealed Weapon Permit does not authorize you to work as an Armed Security Guard.

 

 

Revised 04/09/2014

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