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Security Guard & Armed Guard License
New York State law dictates that all Security Guard’s must go through an application process and a background fingerprint check before he/she is issued a New York State Security Guard’s License. To obtain your Security Guard License you must complete these steps:
Step 1: Complete the 8 Hour pre-assignment training course for Security Guards:
Step 2: You must be fingerprinted for the application:
FINGERPRINT REQUIREMENTS: Applicants have access to electronic fingerprinting through IdentoGo by MorphoTrust USA.
Electronic Fingerprinting Procedure:
Schedule Appointment: Applicants may schedule appointments with IdentoGo by MorphoTrust USA. To schedule an appointment at a location near you, visit their website at or call 877-472-6915. For scheduling purposes, you must utilize the required ORI number SecGuard.
Proof of electronic fingerprint completion: Upon completion of the fingerprint process, the vendor will provide you with two receipts as proof of fingerprint completion. Include one receipt with the completed application.
Please Note: Fingerprint receipts are valid for 5 months from the date of fingerprinting. Please submit original application within 5 months from the date of fingerprinting. Failure to submit your application within this time period will require you to complete the fingerprint process again.
Fingerprint fees: All fees for fingerprinting are payable to MorphoTrust USA.
Total Amount to Submit: $102.00.
Step 2: Schedule an appointment for us to assist you with the application:
Gold Shield Training Center offers assistance with completing the application for a fee of $20.00. You must schedule an appointment by contacting 914-667-7449. (Walk-ins will not be processed) You MUST have all of the following items with you to be processed.
New York State Driver’s License or New York State ID Card
Bank or Postal Money Order for $36.00 payable to NYS Dept of State
Fingerprint Receipt from MorphoTrust USA
8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course Certificate
Cash or Money Order for $20.00 payable to Gold Shield Training Center
* Certificate of Disposition(s) (if you were ever arrested)
Retired Law Enforcement Personnel must also have your Retired Law Enforcement ID, Good Guy Letter, and the Police Academy Certificate.
If applying for an Armed Guard License then you must also have a copy of the 47 Hour Firearms Training Course
Once the application is completed, you will mail out the application to the NYS Department of State and your Security / Armed Security Guard License will be mailed directly to your mailing address.
Once you have obtained your Security Guard License, an 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course must be completed each year OR once you have obtained your Armed Security Guard License, an 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course AND an 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training Course must be completed each year. If you are Retired Law Enforcement, you are waived from the 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training Course for the first 10 years of retirement.
*Certificate of Disposition is a document you receive explaining the outcome of an arrest. If you had two arrests, you should have two Certificates of Dispositions. You can obtain a copy of your Certificate of Disposition from the courthouse of the jurisdiction you were arrested in. (For example: If you were arrested in Mount Vernon, NY then you would need to obtain a copy from the City of Mount Vernon Courthouse.)
If you wish to complete the application without our assistance, you can obtain the application on the state’s web site: 1206-f-a.pdf (ny.gov)