In Ohio, security guards are registered with the state through their employers instead of being directly licensed by the state.
Type of Security Guard Registration Required & Issuing Authority
- Security Guard Registration Type: Security Guard
- Security Guard Registration Length: 1 year
- Security Guard Registration Authority: Ohio Department of Public Safety Private Investigators & Security Services
- Security Guard Registration Authority Website: http://www.pisgs.ohio.gov/pisgs.stm
- Security Guard Registration Authority Phone Number: (614) 466-4130 and (614) 466-0342 (fax)
- Security Guard Registration Authority Address:
1970 West Broad Street
P.O. Box 182001
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2001
- Security Guard Registration Laws: Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 4749
Temporary Security Guard License
You may work as an unarmed security officer before you receive your security guard identification card from the BCI department only if:
- Your employer obtains a waiver from the person who receives, for hire, security guard services, acknowledging that the person is aware the employees have not completed their registration and agreeing to their employment.
In most cases, no one will sign this waiver due to the liability issues involved.
Security Guard Training Requirements & Fee
Ohio doesn’t mandate any security guard training. However, your employer may require you to take training before starting to work as a security guard.
Security Guard Background Check & Fingerprinting Fees
You need to electronically submit your fingerprints when applying to register as a security guard in Ohio through WebCheck. Your employer may take your fingerprints or you may need to provide them. You need an FBI check if you’ll be carrying a weapon. Else you only need a BCI background check. Your employer doesn’t submit your fingerprints. You must submit them directly to the BCI. Typical fingerprinting fees are:
- Ohio BCI (state database check): $40.00 (varies by provider)
- FBI (national database check): $50.00 (varies by provider)
- Ohio BCI & FBI (both database checks): $70.00 (varies by provider)
Security Guard Registration Application Fees
- Security Guard Registration Application Fee: $40
- Payment Types Accepted: Money order or check
- Payable To: Ohio Treasurer
Security Guard Other Requirements
In order to be a security guard in Ohio, you need to:
- Have not been convicted of a felony in the last 20 years.
- Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor on the last 20 years.
Security Guard Registration ID Card
If your security guard registration is accepted, the statue issues you a security guard registration card. This card has:
- Your employer’s license number and signature. If you’re employed by a company, the signature is of its president or its qualifying agent.
- Your name, address, age, physical description.
- Your right thumb print or other identifying mark.
- Your recent photograph.
- Your signature.
Replacing a Lost Security Guard ID Card in Ohio
If you lose, spoil or destroy your security guard card, you can get a replacement one by
- Filing out the Ohio Registration Form again, but checking the Replacement Card box
- Paying a $5 fee.
Security Guard Registration Process
To register as a security guard in OH:
- The employer submits an application to register a new employee no sooner than 3 days nor later than 7 calendar days after the date on which the employee is hired.
- Submitted with each employee’s registration application are one recent 2″x2″ color passport type photo of the employee, the employee’s physical description, and the registration fee of $40.
- The employee electronically submits one complete set of fingerprints directly to the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification (BCI) through WebCheck. Use the attorney general’s website to find a fingerprinting location and WebCheck fingerprinting submittal forms.
- The BCI conducts a criminal records check.
- If, after investigation, the BCI finds that the employee has not been convicted of a felony within the last 20 years, the BCI director issues to the employee a security guard identification card.
Commissioned peace officers are exempt from security guard registration.