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Security Guard

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 37 states
73rd most burdensome licensing requirements
25th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

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

Summary

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia require security guards to obtain licenses, making security guard the 25th most widely and
onerously licensed occupation. Requirements are relatively consistent across states. Most states charge aspiring security guards a fee
averaging $89 and establish a minimum age of 18. Twenty-four states have some education and training requirement, usually fewer than 10 days, though North Dakota requires 241 days and Michigan three years.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Michigan 200 1,095 0 12 25
2 North Dakota 70 241 0 12 18
3 Louisiana 0 2 2 12 18
4 Texas 58 7 2 0 18
5 Maine 400 0 0 0 18
5 Rhode Island 400 0 0 0 18
7 Oklahoma 66 9 1 0 18
8 Washington 111 2 1 0 18
9 Tennessee 70 1 1 0 18
10 South Carolina 65 1 1 0 18
11 Alaska 104 11 0 0 18
12 New Jersey 153 5 0 0 18
13 New Mexico 45 1 1 0 18
14 Florida 87 9 0 0 18
15 Utah 95 5 2 0 0
16 New York 141 1 0 0 18
17 West Virginia 150 0 0 0 18
18 Vermont 50 9 0 0 18
19 Georgia 70 6 0 0 18
20 California 106 0 0 0 18
21 Connecticut 94 1 0 0 18
22 Illinois 55 5 0 0 18
23 Oregon 100 0 0 0 18
24 Arkansas 81 1 0 0 18
25 Arizona 74 1 0 0 18
26 Virginia 50 3 0 0 18
27 Wisconsin 69 0 0 0 18
27 Delaware 69 0 0 0 18
29 Nevada 0 2 0 0 21
30 Montana 57 0 0 0 18
31 Washington, D.C. 54 0 0 0 18
32 North Carolina 25 2 0 0 18
33 Minnesota 0 2 0 0 18
34 Iowa 10 0 0 0 18
35 Maryland 52 0 0 0 0
36 Ohio 50 0 0 0 0
37 New Hampshire 20 0 0 0 0

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