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Security Guard Training in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, a license is required for unarmed security guards. The process is rather detailed. An applicant or hiring company must petition the court for the license. 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 unarmed security guards in Pennsylvania:

Must file a petition with the following attachments:

  • Passport photos (2)
  • Letters from character witnesses pointing out your good moral character
  • Certified proof of criminal background check
  • 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 Petition Approved:

  • Be at least 18 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

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.

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.

27 Responses to “Security Guard Training in Pennsylvania”

  1. How do i become a security guard?

  2. Where do I find a petition to mail to the County Clerks office to become a Security Guard?
    What are Passport Photos?
    Where do I get a finger-print card to mail?
    How do I submit the petition?
    How do I get a certified criminal background check?
    Do I mail money order to PA Police Station?
    Or am I just supposed to go there to do all this?

  3. it.thanks!!!

  4. Please call me so I can began the process. thanks

  5. I want to know more about the training and the requirements for the training

  6. I already have an Unarmed Security License for another state. Is it transferable or do i need to take another class?

  7. Looking forward 2 knowing more about security guard if anything hit me up

  8. I have an armed and armor truck guard license will this help or is it transferable.

  9. Where are you getting your information because I live in PA and don’t have any such paper

  10. If I have a florida security liscense in florida is there anyway it can be transferred?

  11. I’m just getting out of the military. I have a clearance and some basic teachings. Is there a number I can call to get assistance in getting this all done since my time in the military is all I have? I need assistance so I know exactly what I need to get and how much and where?

  12. Next week at the school prom my Principal asked me to be an extra set of “eyes and ears” i’m still 16 so i can’t get a license. so i’m going to go as a urarmed security officer with OC, and handcuffs.

  13. I would like to know the cost for security guard classes and if I can take the classes online

  14. I’m a security supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA. There is no such thing as an unarmed security officer license. The only licenses needed to work for our company are in the event that you live in Ohio, (we have sites there) because it is required, there is no such requirement in Pa.

  15. I just want to get detain licences

  16. I already have a security License from another state how do I go about transferring it over, upon relocating?

  17. So no one with any type of criminal background can get licensed as an unarmed security guard?

  18. I’m holding a Florida G and D license and I’m moving to Pennsylvania. Can I still work security with my license or what should I do?

  19. What i need to do for becoming a security guard in PA? Do i have to take training hours?

  20. I’m a registered security guard in mud how can I become one in p.a.

  21. I’m interested in arm security training

  22. I’m already a security guard, at a local mall. So do I need to get seperate licences, to be able to work anywere, and what do I need to do to be able to carry a firearm?
    I of course had a background check and fingerprinted,

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  24. I have been a security officer in the state of Pennsylvania for 34 years. You do not need a license or guard card in Pennsylvania. Surrounding states do.

  25. Does a Pennsylvania security guard license work in NYS?

  26. I have my florida state class D license. Can it be transferred?? Also im confused because some people are saying you dont need a license in the state of pa but others say you do per state requirements? Soo do i need to take the 40hr course again in pa and get re licensed???

  27. I recently relocated to PA Butler County from Florida. I have a Security Officer Class D License from the state of Florida. Is is transferrable to the state of Pennsylvania? If it is, what is the procedure? If not, what do I need to do?

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