As a result of increasing crime rates, the security sector has become a booming industry in the US. Security guards provide a vital protection service at both public and private locations and while they don’t have the same powers as law enforcement officers, their existence helps make this world a safer place.
However, not just anyone can start working as a security officer. Most US states require their security guards to be licensed as proof that they are competent to do the job, and Connecticut is no exception to that rule. The Connecticut Department of Public Safety requires anyone working as a security guard to hold a valid security license, also known as guard card.
How to Get a Connecticut Security Guard License
Step 1 – Comply with the Basic Requirements
Before you can start the application process for a Connecticut Security Guard License, you will have to meet up with a few basic requirements:
- Be a US Citizen or Resident Alien
- Be at least 18 years of age for an Unarmed Security Guard License
- Be at least 21 years of age for an Armed Security Guard License
- Be Free of any Criminal Convictions
Please note that in addition to the requirements set by the Department of Public Safety, the majority of security companies will require their job applicants to:
- Be in Possession of a Valid CT Driver’s License and have a Clean Driving Record
- Pass a Drug Test
- Have a High School Degree or GED Equivalent
Step 2 – Complete an 8-hour Colorado Security Guard Training Course
After you’ve made sure to meet the basic requirements, you can move on to the next step, which consists of following a security guard training course to prepare you for the job. First, you’ll need to pick a training school from the list of certified schools and contact them to schedule an appointment and find out what they will charge you for the course, as well as whether or not they provide fingerprinting services. Upon completion of the course, your training instructor will issue you a signed DPS-135-C Form, which you will need for the next step in this guide. More information about the course can be found here, as well as some recommendations for training schools.
Step 3 – Complete the Application Form for a CT Security Guard License
In order to successfully apply for an identification card, which will allow you to start working as a security officer, the Department of Public Safety demands all applicants to submit the following documents and fees:
- The Official CT Security Guard License Application Form (DPS-366-C)
- A copy of the DPS-135-C Form, which you Received upon Completion of the Training Course
- 2 Recent Passport-style Color Photographs (2″ by 2″)
- A Blue Fingerprint Card for a Criminal Background Analysis by the FBI
- A Green Fingerprint Card for a Criminal Background Analysis by the State of Connecticut
- The Payment of the Following Fees in the form of 3 Separate Checks or Money Orders:
- $100 Application Fee
- $19.25 for the FBI Background Analysis
- $50 for the State of Connecticut Background Analysis
Please note that your signature on the application form should be notarized. The completed form should be submitted in a manila envelope to the following address:
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Attention: Security Guard License Application
Step 4 – Character References
As a fourth step, you should ask 4 individuals who are not immediate family to write a letter of reference and have them send it to the same address as mentioned above. The letters of reference must be signed by the person who wrote it and their contact information should be mentioned as well. The letters must be submitted within 60 days after the day you made application for your license.