Students MUST Prepay for classes as cash is not accepted at this time.  If Not Vaccinated, students MUST wear masks and adhere to all procedures relating to COVID-19.

*Please bring your own Ammo to Firearms Classes*

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 (


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