State By State Licensing Information
For Security Proffesionals
Use our tool to search by state to find the licensing information for your state to help you get your security guard license. Also, a great place to make sure your security company has a current registered State License in place. As a reminder always ask fro proper insurance when hiring a security guard company!
Secuity Guard licensing is managed at the city level. There are no overall state licensing requirements. Most private security guard licesnes are managed by the local City Clerk's Office.
The Kansas security officer must receive a license from the local government entity where they will be working. This means that while most rules are likely similar the specific regulations are different from location to location. Officers must consult local city ordinance to discover the rules for their specific city. There are a number of websites incorrectly describing the state Attorney General's office as being the governing authority. This is not correct. Kansans receive security licensing from city not state government
Massachusetts is one of 10 states in the U.S. that does not require individual security guards, whether armed or unarmed, to obtain specific licenses; the state does, however, require prospective security guards to be over the age of 18, possess a high school degree or GED, complete classroom training, pass a background check, and pass a drug screening. Massachusetts does require licenses for the companies that hire security guards and for private investigators.
Missouri is one of those states that does not regulate the security industry at the state level. Oftentimes local governments will require security companies and officers to receive licenses from the city government. Those who serve in the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas can receive multiple types of licensing some of which provide the officers with enhanced detention and arrest powers.
The private security industry remains mostly unregulated within Nebraska. Armed officers should receive a state firearms certification and may need to receive a gun permit from local government. However, since there isn't much if any regulation of the industry there appears to be no real training requirements in place. This means training specifications are at the discretion of the security companies.