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Armed Security Guard Training in Iowa

In the state of Iowa, you must have a license to be an armed security guard.  The governing authority is the Private Investigative Licensing division. There are certain criteria that you must meet before applying for your weapon permit.

Requirements for Armed Security Guard Iowa

1) Must present ID card showing that you have met the requirements as an unarmed guard before applying for your armed license:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Be able to work legally in the United States
  • No convictions or history of drug or alcohol use
  • Have good moral character
  • Have not committed any acts of fraud
  • Submit to fingerprinting
  • Attend and pass a Iowa state certified training course

2) Must be at least 21 years old

3) Successfully pass a thorough background check

Training Requirements:

Training requirements and the number of hours are up to the hiring agency. However, all training must be conducted by NRA certified trainers on fire and safety training.  An affidavit form showing proof of that training signed off by the NRA certified instructor with certificate number.

Weapon Permits:

Profession weapons permits are given after successfully passing the background check, application and any additional paperwork is submitted. The county sheriff’s office administers the weapon permit.

For more information, please call 515-725-6230 or visit the Iowa Department of Public Safety.


5 Responses to “Armed Security Guard Training in Iowa”

  1. I am wanting to start my own armed security business. I have worked for a company in Des Moines that was an unarmed security company. I know I need a surety bond and insurance. I have had many hours of training from a NRA instructor in various forms. All which I have a certificates for. My question is this enough to submit to Iowa department of public safety? Of course I will have my uniform design and badge at the time. I know there is a background check, which I have had multiple fingerprints submitted for various weapons permits. Which I hold a permit for iowa, I’ve taken a Utah course and have recently submitted my Arizona fingerprints also. Just wanted to make sure I’m doing everything that needs to be done. thank you for your time.

  2. Hi,
    I would like to become an armed security guard.
    I live in the state of Iowa and was wondering if you could
    Send me some websites or links with the proper channels to obtain the proper licensing.
    I am a US veteran and was wondering if that would save me any time or providee with any training that would be recognized towards my licensing.

    Thank you,
    Zac Martin

  3. I would like to join the team of the armed security guards officers, because my dream jobs was always to be someone who can save and protect. So I’ve shosen to be a armed security guards officer

  4. I’m looking for training to begin a career as an armed security guard

  5. Hi,

    I have worked as a unarmed security officer for the last 3 years, 2 as a supervisor. I’ve come to realize I’ve very good at the job and would like to take the next step and become a armed officer. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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