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How to Become an Armed Security Guard in New York

Armed Security Guard Requirements in New YorkTo apply for a Special Armed Guard Security Card in the State of New York (which enables you to carry a firearm while on duty as a security guard), you must complete all of the following before you can apply:

  • Possess a valid New York State pistol license.
  • Take an 8-hour “pre-assignment” training course. If you already possess your Security Guard Registration Card (unarmed), then you have already met this particular requirement.
  • Complete an additional 47 hours firearms training course.

Again, all of the above must be completed before applying.

Additionally, every year after you are given a valid Armed Security Guard Card, you will need to complete 8 hours of additional “maintenance” training to keep your registration valid.

For your training, you can contact any of these approved security guard schools in New York (PDF file). The schools on this approved list can be used for the 8 hour pre-assignment training course, as well as your 47 hour firearms training course. You will see which schools have firearm training available in the PDF file above.

The Application Process

The New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services is where you will actually apply for your Armed Security Guard Card after you’ve met all of the requirements.

Along with your application, you will need to submit your fingerprint for your background check. This is done through something called L-1 Enrollment Services, which help you electronically scan your fingerprint, and they’ll give you receipts for proof that you include in your application.

Then, you can use the Employee Statement and Security Guard Employer Application to apply. Be sure to check the “armed security guard” box when you are applying (see below):

Armed Security Guard Application New YorkNew York State Pistol License

You can visit the State of New York Police Firearms – Pistol Permit Bureau website for information about obtaining a New York State Pistol License. The application for the pistol license can be seen on the right hand side of the page.


8 Responses to “How to Become an Armed Security Guard in New York”

  1. What’s the minimal age requirement to become an armed guard?

  2. I need school to be armed guard close to me, i live in Long Island City 11101

  3. Hello my name is Dale Murray I am a security guard currently working with Protection Plus security company but my wages cannot cover monthly bill expense so I think I have join the arm guard security company so I can cover my monthly bill expenses. So please I would like to know what are the requirement needed to become a arm security guard I already have my security guard license my 8hours &16hours cirtificate

  4. I like my job as a security guard I love when people feel safe in environment around them because of job that I am doing but still think I can better if I get the right help and training from some of our New York finest to protect our community and our nabours

  5. what I really mean is I do love my job it just does not pay me enough so I need to advance . So I am trying to see if I meet the requirement for becoming an arm safety guard to try and help our community and the environment around us safer for our children and elderly parent .I need to find me a school that can train me to become a true safety arm guard.

  6. I am interested into beginning my adaptation into security especially armed security. Anyone in the New York area that can assist it is much appreciated. I am basically the newbie no 8 or 16 certificates so please I need some guidance

  7. I would like to further my career in Security and make more money if I am going to stay in this field. So I need a school or training program to learn how to use a firearm. Please give some suggestions.

    Thank you,

  8. want to be arm securety

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