In order to become a certified unarmed security guard in the state of Florida, one must first obtain a Class D security guard license. Class D licenses require security guard training and are managed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Licensing.
- Being of 18 years of age or older
- Being a citizen of the United States or having legal authority to labor in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Completing the mandatory 40-hours of security guard training
Please note that the 40-hours of required security training must be obtained at a registered security officer school or training facility that is in compliance with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Furthermore, two paths exist to accumulate the necessary security guard training hours and to obtain licensure.
Complete the total 40-hours of security guard training before submission of the security guard licensure application.
Complete 24-hours of the security guard training course before application submission to the Division of Licensing. Then, complete the final 16-hours of the security guard training course during the first 180 days after submission.
When ready to apply for a security guard license, the application should include:
- Proof of training
- A passport style photograph
- A set of fingerprints on a valid card provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Application fees
The fees include a $45 licensing fee and a $42 fingerprint card processing fee.
Note that these fees should be made payable to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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Data extracted on December 25, 2013
Applications provide more specifics about the process of applying and are available for download on the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.