Unarmed Security Guard License Application Process

Initial Application

The unarmed security application process is prescribed in Arizona Revised Statute, Title 32, Chapter 26, Article 3, §32-2623.

AZ DPS Licensing Unit only accepts money orders, cashier's checks, company checks from the sponsoring agency, or the exact amount in cash. No personal checks.

Requirements for Becoming a Security Guard

Click here to review the minimum requirements to become an Arizona Security Guard.

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.

Application Steps:

  1. Complete the mandatory training course.
  2. Complete the Security Guard Registration Application.
    a. The DPS-licensed Security Guard agency/trainer completes and signs Parts A and C.
    b. The applicant completes and signs Part B.
  3. Complete a fingerprint card.
    FBI fingerprint card FD-258 is recommended.
  4. Take passport-sized color photographs of the applicant's face. This is the photograph that will appear on the Security Guard Identification Card issued by the DPS.
    Photographs should no larger than 2-inches by 2-inches.
  5. Proof of identification, such as a photocopy of your driver's license, passport, etc.
  6. Obtain application and background check fees of $72.
    Payment must be in the form of a money order, cashier's check or business check from a DPS-licensed security guard agency. Personal checks, credit cards and debit cards are not accepted!
    Checks should be made payable to "DPS."

Download the Arizona DPS Licensing Unit Application Instructions (.PDF)

Application Packet Checklist:

  • Completed Registration Application
    Registration Application signed by applicant and employer/trainer (authorized personnel)
  • Proof of identification, such as a photocopy of your driver's license, passport, etc.
  • Completed fingerprint card
  • Two (2) passport-sized color photographs of the applicant's face
  • Application and background check fees of $72
    Must be Security Guard Agency check, money order or cashier’s check (no personal checks, credit cards or debit cards).

Mail the application packet, with payment to:

Arizona Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 6328 MD 3140
Phoenix, AZ 85005