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Washington State Security Guard Licensing Information
Washington State UNARMED SECURITY GUARDS LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
State Security Licensing Authorities: Washington State
Washington State: How to get your unarmed private security guard license
How to get your license
How to get your license: Security guards Washington State
Private security guard company
An individual, partnership, or corporation in the business of providing security guard services on a contractual basis.
Unarmed private security guard
An individual that works for a licensed private security guard company.
Armed private security guard
An individual who carries a firearm while on duty working for a licensed private security guard company.
An endorsement to a license that allows an individual to provide pre-assignment training and attest to post-assignment training for unarmed private security guards.
To be licensed as an unarmed private security guard, you must:
Be at least 18 years old.
Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
Be employed by, or have a job offer from, a licensed private security guard company.
have no felony convictions within the past 10 years.
submit to drug testing, which may be ongoing.
submit a fingerprint card.
have not committed any acts of fraud.
Complete the pre-assignment training requirements.
Have a completed fingerprint and background check.
Inside Washington: Go to www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust.
Outside Washington: Call the Security Guard program at 360.664.6611.
For more details, see Fingerprinting and background checks.
What you'll need
A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.
If you don't have one, you'll be able to create one before you start. For help visit How to set up account access.
Send the following:
Completed Private Security Guard Initial License Application.
Check or money order for the exam fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).
Private Security Guard Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401
For veterans, military personnel, and partners
Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.
If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees