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Which U.S. States Require State Licensing of Security Officers and Which Do Not?

LAST EDIT March 18, 2018

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38 states and the District of Columbia require state-level licensing/certification of security officers.

12 states do not require security guards to register with the state; although, depending on location, the officer may need to register with the local city government, e.g., neither Kansas nor Missouri require state licensing but officers from both states are required to register with their respective city governments.


State Licensing of Security Officers


State Agency URL
Alabama Security Regulatory Board Agency Link
Alaska Department of Public Safety Agency Link
Arizona Department of Public Safety Agency Link
ArkansasArkansas State Police Agency Link
CaliforniaCalifornia Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Agency Link
ColoradoNo State-Level Licensing
ConnecticutConnecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police, Special Licensing & Firearms Unit Agency Link
DelawareDelaware State Police Agency Link
District of ColumbiaThe Security Officers Management Branch (SOMB) of the DC Police Department Agency Link
FloridaThe Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agency Link
GeorgiaThe Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies Agency Link
HawaiiNo State-Level Licensing
IdahoNo State-Level Licensing
IllinoisThe Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation Agency Link
IndianaPrivate Investigator & Security Guard Licensing Board Agency Link
IowaDepartment of Public Safety Agency Link
KansasNo State-Level Licensing
KentuckyNo State-Level Licensing
LouisianaState Board of Private Security Examiners Agency Link
MaineState Police Special Investigations Unit Agency Link
MarylandState Police Agency Link
MassachusettsNo State-Level Licensing
MichiganDepartment of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Agency Link
MinnesotaBoard of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services Agency Link
MississippiNo State-Level Licensing
MissouriNo State-Level Licensing
MontanaBoard of Private Security Agency Link
NebraskaNo State-Level Licensing
NevadaPrivate Investigator’s Licensing Board Agency Link
New HampshireDepartment of Public Safety Agency Link
New JerseyState Police Agency Link
New MexicoRegulation and Licensing Department Agency Link
New YorkDepartment of State Agency Link
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Department of Public Safety's Private Protective Services Board Agency Link
North DakotaPrivate Investigation and Security Board Agency Link
OhioDepartment of Public Safety's Private Investigator Security Guard Services Agency Link
OklahomaCouncil on Law Enforcement Education and Training's Private Security Division Agency Link
OregonDepartment of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Agency Link
PennsylvaniaNo State-Level Licensing
Rhode IslandOffice of the Attorney General Agency Link
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Law Enforcement Division Agency Link
South DakotaNo State-Level Licensing
TennesseeDepartment of Commerce and Insurance's Private Protective Services Division Agency Link
TexasDepartment of Public Safety's Private Security Bureau Agency Link
UtahDivision of Occupational and Professional Licensing Agency Link
VermontSecretary of State Agency Link
VirginaThe Verginia Department of Criminal Justice Agency Link
Washington (State)The Washington State Department of Licensing Agency Link
West VirginiaThe West Virginia Department of State Private Investigator & Security Guard Licensing Agency Link
WisconsinWisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Agency Link
WyomingNo State-Level Licensing

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