In New York if you want to be an armed security guard, in addition to the unarmed guard training and registration requirements you must complete a 47-hour firearms course and submit the completion certificate with your application to get an armed guard registration card. In order to take the 47-hour firearms course you must have a valid pistol license and a valid security guard registration card.
Type of NY Armed Security Guard License Required & Issuing Authority
- NY Armed Security Guard License Type: Armed guard registration card
- NY Armed Security Guard License Length: 2 years
- NY Armed Security Guard Licensing Authority: New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services
- NY Armed Security Guard Licensing Website: Division of Licensing Services for Security Guards
- NY Armed Security Guard Licensing Phone Number: (518) 474-7569
- NY Armed Security Guard Licensing Address: NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, PO Box 22001, Albany, NY 12201-2001
- License Laws: Security Guard Act of 1992
First follow the instructions in the unarmed security guard section for how to become an unarmed security guard.
New Armed NY Security Guard Training Requirements
To become an armed security guard you must take a firearms course as well as the required training for an unarmed guard. You have to be a registered unarmed security guard before you can become an armed security guard in NY.
47-Hour Firearms Training Course for Armed Security Guards in New York
You must already have a valid pistol license and a valid NYS security guard registration card. You must pass a written test and qualify with handgun to successfully complete this class. This class consists of the following two parts:
- 7 hours of NYS Penal Law Article 35 regarding the Use of Force and Deadly Physical Force
- 40 hours of range instruction and qualification
New Armed NY Security Guard Training Exemptions
If you’re currently a police officer, you may be exempt from some of the initial armed security guard training requirements. Check the Criminal Justice Services website for more information.