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Armed Security Guard Training in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, armed security guards are required to be licensed guard and an employee of a licensed security company. It is the responsibility of the licensed company to ensure that all employees are registered within seven business days of hire. A firearms permit is required and certain training requirements.

Basic requirements for armed security guard in Ohio:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • United States citizen or resident alien
  • May require proof of high school diploma or equivalent
  • No felony convictions or misdemeanors associated with violence (which includes domestic), drugs ( use or sale), theft or fraud
  • Good moral character
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • No mental disorders or defects that will prohibit performance of duties
  • Employed by a private security company and under supervision from a licensed patrol officer
  • Fingerprint card
  • Ohio state driver’s License
  • Good physical conditioning

Ohio Firearms Training Requirements

Applicant must notify the superintendent of the arm security guard’s duties and firearm requirements. In addition, each armed security guard must successfully complete a basic firearms training course approved by the Ohio training commission. Such training must be at least 24 hours of handgun training and shall include five additional hours for any additional firearms. Yearly qualifying is also required. After all requirements are met, a certificate will be issued and a permit to carry a firearm is granted. Once granted, all armed security guards in Ohio must carry firearm identification card when on duty.

Fees: All fees are non-refundable

  • Registration fee: $25
  • Identification card to carry firearm: $15

Ohio State Resources

For more information, please see Ohio Dept of Public Safety Laws & Rules or call (614) 466-4130. Application and other information can be found on the Dept. of Public Safety website.

9 Responses to “Armed Security Guard Training in Ohio”

  1. Hi my name is Jason Muse and I’m interested in getting my ohio state guard license. I also just got out of the army and I was a Military Policeman. How can my army training assist in this process.

  2. I am trying to find out how to get licence for armed security guards in Ohio and where to get it.Please let me know if there is any places that do training in northeast Ohio.Thaks .440-749-4677 Muris.

  3. I am a retired marine with an Ohio CCW permit. Will my military experience and previous guard experience help me to qualify as an armed security guard?

  4. Even with a ccw and prior military experience you still have to take the OPOTA class to carry a weapon while on duty the only state close where you can use your ccw and get away with out the extra training is Kentucky except louisville they have a class u must take

  5. I have a considerable experience as a security guard but have no millitary or police experience. I have plans to get into armed security but do not know how to go about it. Please show me what to do.

  6. Hello, I was wanting more information on how to sign up for classes?

  7. Interested in getting my ohio gaurd card.

  8. Hello, do I have to have an Ohio drivers license to become an armed guard?

  9. I would love to apply for armed license I just have a concern please contact asap you can call me anytime.

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