Security Guard, Unarmed

License required by 34 states

80th most burdensome licensing requirements.

37th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Security guards guard, patrol or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence or infractions of rules.

Thirty-four states license unarmed security guards. On average, aspirants must pay $89, demonstrate 10 days of education and experience, and pass about one exam to become licensed—the 80th most burdensome requirements. However, because many states license the occupation, it ranks as the 37th most widely and onerously licensed.

Some license requirements vary significantly across states. For example, most states (28) require between zero and about four days of education or experience, but North Dakota requires about 244 (44 hours of classroom instruction and 1,000 hours of field service training). Similarly, while 15 states require no exams, Florida, Louisiana and Oklahoma each require two. And fees range from $5 in Rhode Island to $201 in Connecticut, though most states’ (23) fees are between $60 and $116.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 North Dakota 34 $92 244 44 clock hours 1000 clock hours 0 12 18
2 D C 34 $188 11 48 clock hours 1 0 18
3 Hawaii 34 $150 1 8 clock hours 1 12 18
4 Oregon 34 $115 2 12 clock hours 1 12 18
5 Oklahoma 34 $91 9 40 clock hours 2 0 18
6 Florida 34 $87 9 40 clock hours 2 0 18
7 Alaska 34 $102 11 48 clock hours 0 0 18
8 Vermont 34 $60 9 40 clock hours 1 0 18
9 Louisiana 34 $81 3 16 clock hours 2 0 18
10 Connecticut 34 $201 1 8 clock hours 0 0 18
11 New York 34 $135 1 8 clock hours 1 0 18
12 Washington 34 $91 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
13 Delaware 34 $89 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
14 Virginia 34 $75 3 18 clock hours 1 0 18
15 New Jersey 34 $116 4 24 clock hours 0 0 18
16 California 34 $99 1 8 clock hours 1 0 18
17 Tennessee 34 $108 1 4 clock hours 1 0 18
18 New Mexico 34 $94 1 8 clock hours 1 0 18
19 Arkansas 34 $75 1 6 clock hours 1 0 18
20 Nevada 34 $85 0 1 0 18
21 South Carolina 34 $65 1 6 clock hours 1 0 18
22 Texas 34 $62 1 6 clock hours 1 0 18
23 Utah 34 $100 4 24 clock hours 1 0 0
24 Montana 34 $127 0 0 0 18
25 North Carolina 34 $68 3 16 clock hours 0 0 18
26 Alabama 34 $90 1 8 clock hours 0 0 18
27 Wisconsin 34 $114 0 0 0 18
28 Arizona 34 $72 1 8 clock hours 0 0 18
29 Illinois 34 $55 0 0 0 18
30 Iowa 34 $40 0 0 0 18
31 New Hampshire 34 $40 0 0 0 0
31 Ohio 34 $40 0 0 0 0
33 Maryland 34 $15 0 0 0 0
34 Rhode Island 34 $5 0 0 0 0

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