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How to Become a Security Guard in America

To become a Security Guard in America means to be licensed as a Security Guard in an individual US state.

Becoming a licensed Security Guard in the USA is similar throughout the American states: you need to meet basic US requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual security license requirements of this nature.


Furthermore, to get a Security Guard license in America, you need to take a state government approved Security Guard licensing course.

  • Every American state will have a government body that controls a local Security Guard's license.

So, it is these US state government bodies that will have a list of approved state Security Guard licensing courses.

Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and completion of the approved local Security Training course to the state government body, you will get your local state Security Guard license.

Average USA Security Guard License Requirements

  1. Age: You must be 18 or older.

  2. Criminal Record: You cannot have a criminal record. You will have to get a criminal records check from your local state police force or the records check might be done for you by your local Security Guard licensing agency.

  3. American Citizen: You need to be a US citizen or be legally allowed to work in your state. You must submit a copy of government ID.

  4. English: You must be able to speak and write in American English.

  5. State Government Approved Security Course: You will need to complete a security license course approved by the US state and submit proof of completion. This can be an online security license course. Contact the state government body that oversees security licensing for a list of approved courses.

  6. Passport Photo: You have to provide the state with a certified passport photo.

  7. Fee: You will have to pay a small licensing fee, around $50USD

  8. Submitting: The documents you submit can be sent to the state via mail or online uploading.

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American Security Guard license requirements by individual state,

About the Author

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Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 15 years working in security. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting security operations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of numerous security training programs in various capacities.


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