In order to obtain a New York security guard license, there are several licensing procedures and rules the applicant must adhere to. To become a registered, the applicant must be at least 18 years old or older, a U.S. citizen or resident alien, and be free of any serious criminal offenses.


There are several courses one must take before becoming a New York security guard. Before sending in your application, you must take an 8-hour Pre-Assignment Training Course and get fingerprinted. When that has been completed, it is time to send in your application. Application packets must include all of the following: the application itself, a copy of the certificate showing completion of the 8-hour Pre-Assignment Training Course, a signed DMV consent form, proof of fingerprint completion, the applicable fees and card scan information form, and $36.00 in the form of a company check, money order, or cashier's check. Applications are mailed to NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, PO Box 22001, Albany, NY 12201-2001.

If the applicant's job begins with the filing of the application, the Notice of Employment section must be completed by the employer. However, if this is not the case, that section may be left blank. When the applicant finds a job, he / she must take a 16-hour On-the-Job Training Course within 90 days of starting of their employment. The last required course to be taken is an 8-hour Annual In-Service Training Course. It must be completed every year as a refresher.

Becoming an Armed Security Guard

If you wish to be an armed security guard, you must complete all of the above along with a 47-hour Firearms Training Course. When the course has been completed, you must apply for a Special Armed Guard Registration Card. A copy of your certificate of completion needs to be sent in with your application. Armed guards also have a separate 8-hour Annual In-Service Training Course that must be taken every year.