Security Guard Certification Details

Security Guard Certification

General Info - 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.


  • Valid for 3 years

    Revised 07/05/2019

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    Approval time

  • $10.0 - $15.0

    Application cost

Obtaining the Certification

Ready to get your certification? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. 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.

  2. All original applications require FBI and CJIS fingerprint submissions.

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


Apply for the Certification

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Maintaining Your Certification

Renewal and maintenance - Valid for 3 years

Maintaining your Certification (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Certification/stay in good standing)

  1. 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.

  2. Submit renewal application 90 days before current certification expiration.

Agency/Contact

Certification Issuer - Information

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:



Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of State Police the legal authority to issue this approval?

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