Statewide Certification Detail

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Security Guard Certification

Statewide Certification

This certification, as issued by the Maryland Department of State Police, is for an individual who provides security guard services to any person on behalf of a security guard agency. 

Security guard services include any activity that is performed for compensation as a security guard to protect any individual or property.

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Valid for 3 Years Revised : No Date
90 Days Approval time
$10-$15 Application cost
10-30 mins Average completion time

How to get your license?

Obtaining the License

Steps, requirements and documents

Must be a current employee of, or a current applicant for employment with a licensed security guard agency and be of good moral character and reputation.

All original applications require FBI and CJIS fingerprint submissions.

Applicants must submit two photographs of applicant (2"x2" square, light background, head and shoulder full face, no hat, no dark glasses).

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file

How do I maintain or renew my certification?

Maintaining Your Certification

Renewal after 3 Years

You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your certification

The Maryland State Police may deny certification as a security guard to any applicant:

if the applicant or individual fraudulently or deceptively obtains or attempts to obtain certification as a security guard ; OR
if, under the laws of the United States or of, any state, the applicant or individual plead(s) guilty or nolle contendre to or is convicted of (1) a felony; or (2) a misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or individual to be certified as a security guard.

Submit renewal application 90 days before current certification expiration.

Certification issuer



Who issues the certification?

Maryland Department of State Police

Contact information

Licensing Division Security Guard Agency Section
Tel: (410) 653-4623 / Fax: (410) 653-5441
Work hours: 8:00am-4:30pm

Address: 1111 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208

Where can I find more information?

Resources and Links

Visit the following websites for additional information

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file


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