Security Guard Agency License Details

Security Guard Agency License

General Info - Statewide License


A security guard agency is an individual or firm that conducts a business that provides security guard services.

Maryland-issued license for a security guard, whose services include any activity that is performed for compensation as a security guard to protect any individual or property.


  • Valid from approval date

    for

  • - s

    Approval time

  • $200.0 - $400.0

    Application cost

Obtaining the License

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

  1. An applicant must be of good character and reputation. If the applicant is a firm, each firm member shall be of good character and reputation.

  2. The individual or firm representative shall be at least 25 years old.

  3. All applicants shall meet the required experience outlined below:


    -At least 5 years of experience as a full-time certified or licensed private detective; OR

    -At least: 5 years of experience as a full-time police officer with an organized police agency; and completed successfully a police officer training course that is recognized and approved by the Maryland Police Training Commission; OR

    -At least 3 years of experience in an investigative capacity as a detective while serving as a police officer with an organized police agency; OR

    -At least: 3 years of experience in an investigative capacity in any unit of the United States, of the State, or of a county or municipal corporation of the State for the purpose of law enforcement; and completed successfully the police officer training required by the Maryland Police Training Commission; OR

    -At least: 5 years of experience as a full-time fire investigator for a fire department or law enforcement agency of the State or of a county or municipal corporation of the State; and completed successfully the training certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission or the Maryland Fire-Rescue Education and Training Commission; OR

    -At least: 5 years of experience as a full-time correctional supervisor in a correctional facility in the state; and completed successfully the training required by the correctional training commission.

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

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

  6. Applicants must submit an Application for Tax Verification and the Article of Corporation.


Apply for the License

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Agency/Contact

License Issuer - Information

Who issues the license?

Maryland Department of State Police mdsp.maryland.gov

Contact Information

Licensing Division Security Guard Agency Section

Tel: (410) 653-4622 / 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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