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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.

15 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’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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

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

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

  14. I’m interested in arm security training

  15. 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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