1. Required Training
It all starts with taking the 8 Hour Pre-Assignment training course at a training center whose instructors have been licensed by the New York State Criminal Justice Service (NYSCJS). A list of approved New York State training centers can be found here. When searching for schools on Google or other search engines, be sure to check NYSCJS's list of schools whose licenses have been revoked or suspended because of violations. One red flag: avoid schools that offer the training in less than 8 hours. They likely lack proper licensing. It's also a good idea to check with online review sites and the Better Business Bureau to gauge past complaints.
Following successful course completion, you will be issued a certificate--a requirement for the security guard license application process. Within 90 days, you will be required to take the 16-hour on the job training course relevant to your work setting to complete the classroom requirements.
2. Application Process for Obtaining Your Security Guard License
You've got your certificate. Now it's time to get that license! Many
training centers offer services for processing the necessary forms
and submitting them to the New York State Division of Licensing
Services. If you choose to pay for this service, it's important to
have the following with when you complete the course, so you can
apply right away:
3. Application Process: Electronic Fingerprinting
The NYS DOS requires electronic fingerprinting to be performed as part of the
license application process. MorphoTrust USA, through its Identogo centers, is
contracted by NY state to perform this work. The fee for this service is $99 and
must be paid via money order made out to MorphoTrust USA or credit card. For Star Security
Training students, an Identogo office is located a short walk from the training center.
4. You're all Set: Final Submission
Here's your checklist:
--Filled out NYS Division of Licensing Services Form
--8 Hour Pre-Assignment certificate
--Money order for $36 license fee made payable to NYS Department of State
Click here for a quick infographic summary of the above.
After successful completion of the 8 Hour Pre-Assignment class and electronic fingerprinting completed, you can apply for your NYS security guard license.
Workforce1 provides job training programs for qualified NYC residents. Learn more about how you can get free security guard training through Star Security Training and Workforce1.
You receive your license in the mail generally within 30 days after sending in your application.
Training Center Address:
1891 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Subway: Located next to the Ralph Ave Station on the C train.