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Requirements for Becoming a Security Guard

Arizona Revised Statute, Title 32, Chapter 26, Article 3, §32-2622. Qualifications of applicant for associate, security guard or armed security guard registration certificate.

A. An applicant for an associate or a security guard registration certificate issued pursuant to this article shall:

  1. Be at least eighteen years of age.
  2. Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States who is authorized to seek employment in the United States.
  3. Not have been convicted of any felony or currently be under indictment for a felony.
  4. Within the five years immediately preceding the application for an associate, security guard or armed security guard registration certificate, not have been convicted of any misdemeanor act involving:
    (a) Personal violence or force against another person or threatening to commit any act of personal violence or force against another person.
    (b) Misconduct involving a deadly weapon as provided in section 13-3102.
    (c) Dishonesty or fraud.
    (d) Arson.
    (e) Theft.
    (f) Domestic violence.
    (g) A violation of title 13, chapter 34 or 34.1 or an offense that has the same elements as an offense listed in title 13, chapter 34 or 34.1.
    (h) Sexual misconduct.
  5. Not be on parole, on community supervision, on work furlough, on home arrest, on release on any other basis or named in an outstanding arrest warrant.
  6. Not be serving a term of probation pursuant to a conviction for any act of personal violence or domestic violence, as defined in section 13-3601, or an offense that has the same elements as an offense listed in section 13-3601.
  7. Not be either of the following:
    (a) Adjudicated mentally incompetent.
    (b) Found to constitute a danger to self or others pursuant to section 36-540.
  8. Not have a disability as defined in section 41-1461, unless that person is a qualified individual as defined in section 41-1461.
  9. Not have been convicted of acting or attempting to act as an associate security guard or armed security guard without a license if a license was required.
  10. Not be a registered sex offender.

Fingerprinting/Background Check

All security guard applicants must provide fingerprints for a criminal history check by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) per Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), §16.34.

Fingerprints may be taken at law enforcement agencies, commercial enterprises, or private parties that administer fingerprints. Classifiable fingerprint cards of all applicants must be submitted with the Unarmed Security Guard registration application. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) standard fingerprint cards (form FD-258) are recommended.

Per Arizona Revised Statute, Title 32, Chapter 26, Article 3, §32-2623(A)(2), the DPS may conduct periodic state criminal history checks to ensure continued qualification under Chapter 26.

Convictions and Other License Disqualifiers

A security guard registration/license will be denied for any of the reasons listed below.

Source: http://licensing.azdps.gov/Licensedisqualifiers.asp

  • If you are under 18 years of age and are applying to be a security guard, private investigator, or private investigator associate.
  • If you are under 21 years of age and are applying to be a qualifying party, resident manager, or an associate for a security guard agency.
  • If you are not a citizen or legal resident who is authorized to seek employment in the United States.
  • If you have ever been convicted of a felony, whether or not your conviction was subsequently Set Aside or Vacated and your Civil Rights were restored.
  • If you are currently under indictment for a felony.
  • If within the last 5 years preceding your application, you have been convicted of any misdemeanors, whether or not your conviction was subsequently Set Aside or Vacated, that involves:
    • Personal violence
    • Misconduct involving a deadly weapon as provided in Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) §13-3102
    • Dishonesty or fraud
    • Arson
    • Theft
    • Domestic violence
    • Narcotics (ARS §13, Chapter 34, or similar)
    • Sexual misconduct
  • If you are on parole, community supervision or work furlough, on home arrest, on release on any other basis.
  • If you are named in an outstanding arrest warrant.
  • If you are on probation pursuant to a conviction for any act of personal violence or domestic violence as in ARS §13-3601 or similar.
  • If you have been adjudicated mentally incompetent or found to constitute a danger to self or others, ARS §36-540.
  • If you have a disability, which renders you incapable of performing essential functions of the job even with reasonable accommodation from the employer, ARS §41-1461.
  • If you have been convicted of acting or attempting to act as a security guard or private investigator without a license if a license was required.
  • If you are a registered sex offender.