Security Guard Licensing Info

City of Saratoga Springs, NY           
How to License an Employee as a Security Guard in New York State

Introduction:

A wide variety of businesses and events have chosen to make Saratoga Springs their home due to its natural beauty, diverse cultures, and the variety of locations available for use.  Each of our businesses helps to contribute to the dynamic atmosphere found in Saratoga Springs. The following information includes instructions on how to obtain licensing for security guards in New York State. It is our goal to assist businesses and individuals in obtaining creating a safe and successful environment that creates minimal disruption to the surrounding communities.  On behalf of the City of Saratoga Springs, we thank you for contributing to the spirit and safety of our city.

Definitions:

A security guard as defined in Article 7A of the General Business Law [§89-f (6)] is a person (other than an active police officer) employed in NYS to principally perform one or more of the following duties, and the person is not performing the functions of a private investigator as defined in Section 71 of Article 7 of the General Business Law: protection of persons and/or property from harm, theft, and/or unlawful activity; deterrence, observation, detection, and/or reporting unlawful or unauthorized activity; street patrol service; and response to, but not installation or service of, a security system alarm.

License Requirements:

The City follows the New York Department of State licensing registration guidelines. NYS Section 89-G of Article 7A requires all persons engaged in security guard activities be registered with the New York Department of State (DOS), and complete all training (unless exempt) at schools approved by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The following training courses are required:

Security Guard (unarmed)

Initial Training Requirements:

  • 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training- A general introductory course. You must complete this course and submit a copy of the certificate issued to you with your security guard application.
  • 16 Hour On-The-Job Training (OJT) - A course relevant to the duties of guards, requirements of the work site, and the needs of the employer. You must complete this training within 90 days of employment as a security guard.
  • Annual Training Requirement:
  • 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training - This course must be completed each calendar year you hold a security guard registration. Your registration is issued for two years, therefore, you must complete two 8 Hour Annual In-Service training courses within your registration effective and expiration dates to be eligible for renewal.

Armed Security Guard

Initial Training Requirements:

  • 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training - A general introductory course. You must complete this course and submit a copy of the certificate issued to you with your security guard application.
  • 16 Hour On-The-Job Training (OJT) - A course relevant to the duties of guards, requirements of the work site, and the needs of the employer. You must complete this training within 90 days of employment as a security guard.
  • 47 Hour Firearms Training - You must possess a valid NYS Pistol Permit and security guard registration to enroll in this course. Upon successful completion of this course, submit a copy of the certificate with your application for an armed guard registration upgrade.
  • Annual Training Requirements:
  • 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training - This course must be completed each calendar year you hold an armed security guard registration. Your registration is issued for two years, therefore, you must complete two 8 Hour Annual In-Service training courses within your registration effective and expiration dates to be eligible for renewal; and
  • 8 Hour Annual Firearms Training - This course must also be completed each calendar year you hold an armed security guard registration. Your registration is issued for two years, therefore, you must complete two 8 Hour Annual Firearms training courses within your registration effective and expiration dates to be eligible for renewal.

 

You will find more information on the NYS Security Guard Licensing Application Process at:

https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/securityguard/sguard.html