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Armed Security Guard Training in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, getting an armed security guard’s license means filing a petition with the County Clerk’s office. It is up to the judge as to who is approved for a security guard license. The process is rather detailed. The County Clerk’s office is limited to the questions they can answer about this process and recommends that an attorney be retained for such matters.

Basic requirements to submit petition for armed security guards in Pennsylvania:

Must file a petition with the following attachments:

  1. Passport photos (2)
  2. Letters from character witnesses pointing out your good moral character
  3. Certified proof of criminal background check
  4. Fingerprint card with fee (this card must be submitted to the County Clerk’s office with a money order that will be mailed to the Pennsylvania State police)

Statewide requirements that may be helpful in getting your petition approved:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Citizenship
  • Mentally competent
  • Have good moral character
  • No drug or alcohol use or dependence
  • No felony convictions
  • No disabilities that would prevent performance of duty
  • Proof of weapons training and experience

Training Requirements

In Pennsylvania, there are no set rules as to the type of training or experience required. It is ultimately up to the judge. However, the more experience and training that you can prove should help your chances of having your petition approved. Other states require that you show proof of weapons training by submitting your training certificate and if you have this type of proof, you would submit it with your petition so that the judge has updated information to make a decision.

Fees are nonrefundable:

Fingerprint card: $17.50 (money order must be made out to the Pennsylvania State Police)

License: $200 (This fee is paid only if petition is approved)

For more information, please read Promulgation of Local Rules of Civil Procedure; No. 6513 CV 2005 or call the Pennsylvania County Clerk’s office at 570-517-3387.

One Response to “Armed Security Guard Training in Pennsylvania”

  1. This information is totally wrong for PA. Under PA laws, armed certification is under ACT 235 and administered wholly by the PA State Police. The local and county courts have nothing to do with this. What you have listed is the procedure to become a licensed guard agency or private detective. Carry a firearm on duty is covered by seperate laws.

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