License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing
License required in 37 states
73rd most burdensome licensing requirements
25th most heavily regulated occupation
(Last updated April 24, 2012)
Security guards guard, patrol or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence or infractions of rules.
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.