In FL you are considered a security officer if your job consists of providing the security services listed below, you must get either a Class D (unarmed) or Glass G (armed) security guard license:
- Acting as a bodyguard
- Guarding property
- Transporting prisoners
- Guarding armored cars
- Attempting to prevent theft, misappropriation or concealment of property or other valuables
- Seeking the return of such stolen valuables
Type of Security Guard License Required & Issuing Authority
- Security Guard License Type: Security Officer Class D License
- Security Guard License Length: 2 years
- Security Guard Licensing Authority: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing
- Security Guard Licensing Website: Division of Licensing
- Security Guard Licensing Phone Number: (850) 245-5691
- Security Guard Licensing Address: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, Post Office Box 6687, Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6687
- Security Guard License Laws: Chapter 493, Florida Statute
Temporary Security Guard License
You may work as an unarmed security officer after you submit your completed Class D application. If your application is deemed incomplete, an Error or Omission letter will be sent to you and your employer. Your employment must be terminated until the problems outlined in the letter are resolved.
Security Guard Training Requirements & Fees
- Security Officer Courses before You Apply for a Security Officer License: 24 hours with cost set by training school.
- Security Officer Classes within 180 Days After You Submitted Your Application for a Security Officer License: 16 hours with cost set by training school.
Florida doesn’t control the cost of the training courses. Security officer-training providers set their own prices. We’ve seen prices ranging from $170 to $360.
To become a Security Guard/Security Officer in the State of Florida, must complete all 40 hours of the Florida Security Guard License Certification Courses at a licensed security school by a licensed security instructor which is regulated by the Florida Division of Licensing. DS (for Class D School) is used as an abbreviation for licensed security schools, and DI (for Class D Instructor) is used as an abbreviation for licensed security instructor.
Security Guard Training Exemptions
You are exempt from taking the required Florida State security officer training if you:
- Are a currently employed law enforcement officer, correctional officer or correctional probation officer certified by FDLE Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission. A copy of your valid ID card issued by your employing law enforcement agency is sufficient to satisfy the training requirement.
- Have successfully completed a training program approved by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for certification as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer or correctional probation officer. A copy of your certificate of completion is sufficient to satisfy the training requirement.
- Qualify for a Class DI Security Officer Instructor license. Proof of such qualification is sufficient to satisfy the training requirement.
Security Guard Background Check & Fingerprinting Fees
- Sheriff’s office = $35+
- Division of Licensing = $42
- Live Scan = $55+
To get fingerprinted for your security officer background check, you can use one of the following methods:
- County Sheriff: Find out if your local of sheriff’s office offers fingerprint scanning, what times the service is offered and whether or not you need to schedule an appointment.
- Division of Licensing Regional Offices: Check this list of regional offices to see if one is near where you live. Call to see if you need to schedule an appointment.
- Live Scan: Check this list of Live Scan offices. Call to see if you need to schedule an appointment.
Keep your receipt for payment and the photocopy of your fingerprints. These documents have your Transaction Control Number (TCN) and name on them. You need this number and the exact name to pay by credit card for your fingerprinting service online at the Civil Applicant Payment System, or CAPS website within 30 days of having them taken, if you can’t pay at the sheriff’s office or the Live Scan office. If you pay for your fingerprints online, keep a copy of the receipt for your online payment. You also need to submit copies of all these documents with your Security Officer application.
Note: Submit your Security Officer application to the Division of Licensing within 90 days of being fingerprinted. For the fee you paid, the FBI allows two fingerprint submissions within the first 180 days. If the Division of Licensing has a problem with your fingerprint submission for any reason and it doesn’t get your security officer application until after 90 days from your fingerprinting, the Division of Licensing may not have enough time to analyze the problem and let you know to submit a second set of fingerprints within the 180-day time frame. In this case, you’d have to pay for another set of fingerprints.
Security Guard Application & License Fees
- Security Guard Application Fee: $0
- Security Guard Application License Fee: $45
- Payment Types Accepted: Money order, cashier’s check and company check
- Payable To: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service
Security Guard Other Requirements
In order to be a security officer in Florida, you:
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be a citizen or legal resident alien of the US or been granted authority to work in the US by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Must have a current residential address. P.O. boxes aren’t considered residential addresses.
- Must provide residential address history for the past 5 years
- Must provide employment history for the past 5 years. If you were a student or unemployed, list the time periods for each.
- Must provide incident details if you’ve been in the military and have ever been court-martialed, fined, or discipline under UCMJ or service regulations
- Must provide complete information about your arrest(s) and include certified copies of court dispositions. A determination of your eligibility cannot be made until all documentation is received and a complete criminal history record check has been completed. This process takes 1-3 months.
- Must provide a copy of the court document restoring your capacity, if you have ever been adjudicated incapacitated (determined by the court to be incapable of taking care of yourself) .
- Must provide evidence of successful completion of a drug rehabilitation program and three letters of reference, one of which should be from your sponsor in the program, if you have a history of controlled substance abuse
- If you have ever been involuntarily placed in a treatment facility for the mentally ill under Chapter 394, FS, or similar laws of another state, you must provide a copy of the court document restoring your competency.
- If you have ever been diagnosed with a mental illness, you must provide a statement from a psychologist or psychiatrist licensed in Florida attesting that you are not currently suffering from a mental illness that precludes you from performing the duties of an unarmed security officer.
- If you are currently abusing a controlled substance, you are not eligible for licensure.
- If you have a history of alcohol abuse, you must provide evidence of successful completion of an alcohol rehabilitation program and three letters of reference, one of which should be from your sponsor in the program
- Must have successfully completed a minimum of 40 hours of professional training provided by a Security Officer School or Training Facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Security Officer Uniforms and Identification Cards
Your security officer uniform varies according to where you work. Your security guard uniform is any distinctive clothing that identifies you as part of the security team at your company. At a vacation resort, you might simply wear the resort’s specified polo shirt and shorts or jacket and pants. For other types of businesses, you might wear other types of uniforms. Regardless of the uniform type, your Class D Security Officer’s uniform must have at least one patch or emblem visible at all times clearly identifying the employing agency and your name. Florida prohibits your uniform to have a 5-pointed star badge as this badge is reserved for use by sheriffs and deputy sheriffs. Your uniform badge or insignia can’t be indistinguishable from a sheriff’s badge at a distance of twenty feet.
As a Class D Security Officer you may only perform your duties in plain-clothes status on a limited special assignment basis and only when duty circumstances or special requirements of the client necessitates.
You should also carry with you at all times you’re on duty your security officer license card with your photo on it.
Security Guard Application Process
To be an unarmed security officer in FL, download and complete the forms in the Florida Division of Licensing’s Application Instructions for Class D Security Officer License and Chapter 493, Florida Statutes booklet. A summary of the process on how to be a security guard in FL is:
- Completely fill out the Application for the Class D Security Officer.
- Obtain your notarized signature on the Class D Security Officer form.
- Submit your application packet to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, Regional Office nearest you – or mail it to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, Post Office Box 6687, Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6687. Your application packet should include:
- Your complete Security Guard application with your notarized signature
- Proof of Work Authorization, if you’re not a US Citizen
- A passport-type color photograph
- A legible set of fingerprints on a fingerprint card provided by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service; fingerprints must be done by a law enforcement agency
- Your $45 Class D Security Officer License fee
- Your $42 fingerprint card-processing fee; you do not need to submit a fingerprint card or processing fee if you have submitted a card and fees within the last six months
Fees must be paid by money order, cashier’s check or company check made payable to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service.
Florida New Class D Security Guard Training Course Outlines
24 Hour Security Officer Training Class
Security Officer Legal Issues and Liability (2.5 hours)
- Florida criminal laws relative to common crimes, such as theft, assault, battery, robbery, and burglary
- Limitations of arrest authority (citizen arrest; retail theft)
- Legal use of force and Chapter 776, Florida Statutes
- Security officer response to crimes in progress
- Guidelines for when a client requests a security guard to perform a search
Security Officer Basic Emergency First Aid (2.0 hours)
- Provides security guards with the basics of first aid techniques so that security officers will be able to service a victim’s needs until professional assistance arrives.
- Basic first aid instructions on various injuries; wounds and shock; emergency response requirements
- Provide information about the Florida Good Samaritan Act
- Orientation to blood borne pathogens
Emergency Procedures for Security Officers (1.5 hours)
- Fire and bomb threat evacuations
- Natural disaster preparation and responses (hurricane and floods)
- Major electrical failure
Security Guard Ethics and Professional Conduct (2.0 hours)
- Describe what professional conduct is for a security officer
- Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics (defined)
- Uniform and personal grooming
- Effective assertiveness
- Readiness: Shift work and sleep adjustment
- Developing rapport with management, employees and guest
- Sexual Harassment
- Internet, Cell Phone and Text-Messaging Etiquette
Access Control for Security Officers (1.0 hour)
- Basic Technology
- TWIC Definition
Security Officer Patrol Techniques (1.50 hours)
- Define patrolling
- Purposes for patrol
- Types of patrols
- Identify required equipment for a security officer
- Mobile patrol and vehicle safety (defensive driving techniques)
- Preventative patrols and fire watches
- Fixed post duties and vehicle control
Security Guard Observation Techniques and Report Writing (3.0 hours)
- Observation techniques
- Field note-taking, prerequisite to good reporting
- Report elements: the six interrogatives defined (who, what, when, where, why and how)
- Characteristics of a good report (clear, neat, complete, brief, accurate, prompt)
- Procedure (outline, draft, final product)
- Importance of proofreading
- Sample reports common to the security industry
- Punctuation and capitalization
- Grammar guidance
- Introduce student to bullet-style outline
Interviewing Techniques for Security Officers (1.0 hour)
- Explain what an interview is
- Explain the difference between interview versus interrogation
- Explain the styles of interviewing
- Provide an understanding of how to develop rapport with the victim, witness, or suspect
- Explain how to motivate the person being interviewed
- The interview approach
- Explain how to end an interview
- Define deceptive cues
Fire Detection, Suppression and Life Safety (1.5 hours)
- Mission of the security officer regarding fires
- Definition of fire, highlighting the necessary ingredients
- Responsibilities of security officer regarding, fire prevention, safeguarding of others and fire extinguishing
- Procedures for controlling small fires
- Fire extinguishing methods (cooling, smothering, starving)
- Use of extinguishing agents, including list of extinguishing agents and identification of extinguishers and relative markings
- Sodium fires
- Explain s. 877.15, Florida Statutes, failure to control or report a dangerous fire
- Life safety issues, such as:
- Life safety plans
- Fire detection, location and intensity
Crime and Accident Prevention Techniques and Practices (2.0 hours)
- Methods of prevention (thefts by use of lock, inspection or alarm technology)
- Methods of prevention (injury, eliminating hazards and reporting)
- Methods of prevention. Securing company equipment, property and reporting deficiencies
Crime and Accident Scene Protection (1.0 hour)
- Definition of a crime/accident scene
- Value of crime/accident scene integrity (to investigators, etc.)
- Duties of the first security officer on the scene:
- Determines what makes up the crime/accident scene
- Isolating and protecting the crime/accident scene
- Methods to protect the crime/accident scene
- Evidence preservation
- Contamination of evidence
- Chain of custody
- Identifying witnesses
Terrorism Awareness (2.0 hours)
- Definition and history of terrorism
- National Threat Levels
- Types of terrorist attacks
- Role of Security Officer
- Recognition and response to potential terrorist activities
24 Hour Class D Security Guard Exam
The exam is allotted 1 hour of the 24 hour of security guard training. The exam consists of 100 questions, as follows, with a passing grade of 75 percent. No more than 50 percent of the questions for each core topic may be true or false.
- Chapter 493, F.S. and Chapter 5N-1, F.A.C. (8 Questions)
- Legal Issues; Liability 1(0 Questions)
- Basic Emergency First Aid (8 Questions)
- Emergency Procedures (7 Questions)
- Ethics and Professional Conduct (8 Questions)
- Access Control (6 Questions)
- Patrol Techniques (7 Questions)
- Observation Techniques and Report Writing (11 Questions)
- Interviewing Techniques (6 Questions)
- Fire Detection, Suppression and Life Safety (7 Questions)
- Crime and Accident Prevention Techniques and Practices (8 Questions)
- Crime and Accident Scene Protection (6 Questions)
- Terrorism Awareness (8 Questions)