The Arizona Department of Public Safety requires you to get a security guard license if you are going to work for an agency. You don’t need a license if a private company hires you to work as a security guard.
You can’t even apply to become an agency security guard in Arizona until you’ve been issued a job offer by an approved Arizona security guard agency. So you’ll want to start your journey with a job search.
Once you have a job offer in hand you’ll need to start by filling out the application. You’ll fill out the employee section and your employer will fill out the employer section. You’ll also be asked to submit fingerprints and a color photo of your face. You’ll also need to present a signed training verification form (see training requirements, below).
The application costs $72 if you’re going to be an unarmed security guard and $122 if you are going to be an armed security guard. You can renew your license up to sixty days past the expiration date without paying fees. However, if you wear a uniform or perform security guard duties for an agency without a valid license you’re committing a misdemeanor, and you could be barred from working in security again. Make sure you stay on top of this paperwork!
You’ll need to submit a signed training verification form with your application. Your instructor will sign the form when you’ve completed the training, as will you, the qualifying party, and the registered manager at the training site.
Unarmed guards need 8 hours of pre-assignment training. Unarmed guards need the 8 hours of pre-assignment training plus an additional 16 hours of firearms training from a certified firearms instructor. You have to take this even if you’ve had other firearms training (such as training obtained to get a concealed carry license) and you have to take an 8 hour refresher course every year to keep your armed security guard license.
You can upgrade an unarmed license to an armed license if you take the additional training.
You can download and print the registration application here.