Montana Unarmed Security Guards Licensing Requirements
State Security Licensing Authorities: Montana
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Private Security Guard
The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.
A. Application Fee: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE $100.00
B. Experience Requirements:The employing company will provide training.
D. Renewal Fee
E. Other Special License Requirements: $50 Armed Endorsement for Guards.
APPLICATION FOR PRIVATE SECURITY GUARD ILLEGIBLE AND INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE RETURNED. ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS TRUTHFULLY AND HONESTLY. REJECTED FINGERPRINTS WILL DELAY THE APPLICATION. (Please allow 30 days processing from the date that the Board has a complete routine application)
LICENSE REQUIREMENTS • 18 years of age or older. • United States citizen or legal permanent U.S. resident. • Employed by a licensed Contract Security Company or Proprietary Security Organization. • Recent FBI and Montana Dept. of Justice criminal fingerprint background check. • Full-face passport-type photograph of head and shoulders. • Proof of training by employer. • Completed application form, supporting documentation, and appropriate fees.
FEES (NON-REFUNDABLE) $100.00 Application Fee $ 50.00 Armed Endorsement (optional) **Make check or money order payable to the Montana Board of Private Security**
PHOTOS Affix a photo to page of application as indicated. The photo must be full-face passport type of head and shoulders with applicant’s signature in below.
DOCUMENTS Submit the following documents to the Board office in order to complete your license application. All documents must be copied to a standard page size of 8 ½” x 11”. All documents not in English must be accompanied by certified translations. • Completed application and attached photograph. • Copy of driver’s license or birth certificate for proof of age. • Copy of birth certificate, United States Passport or Immigration green card for proof of citizenship or permanent legal residency. • Proof of training from a currently licensed security company. • Completed Character Reference form. • Completed Verification of Licensure form, if you hold or ever held a professional/occupational license in another state or jurisdiction. • Copy of a current firearms certification, if you are requesting Armed Endorsement.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES • Staff will notify applicants in writing if the applicant is required to submit additional information. Once the application is complete, staff will process and issue licenses. Please allow 30 days processing from the date that the Board has a complete, routine application. • An application will be considered as a non-routine application if the Criminal History Record Information returns a criminal history or other irregularity requires the application to be reviewed by the Board during a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Non-routine applications may take up to 120 days to finalize. • All verifications of licensure must be sent directly from each state board in which the applicant is currently or has ever been licensed. Please make copies of the attached “Verification of Licensure” request form as needed. Some states may charge a fee for verifications. Contact each state board or jurisdiction prior to sending the request. • Ensure the individual reference you listed on your application completes the questionnaire form and return the form directly to the Board office as soon as possible. • Notify the Board office immediately of any address change or termination of employment from the sponsoring security company.
FINGERPRINT/BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS Fingerprint cards are available at most local law enforcement agencies, the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ), or authorized entities. Upon request, the Board office will mail you a fingerprint card and self-addressed envelope. Complete the information requested at the top of the fingerprint card prior to having your prints taken and include the following information: EMPLOYER AND ADDRESS: Board of Private Security, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513 REASON FINGERPRINTED: Licensure & 37-60-304, MCA ORI: MT920073Z