Connecticut state law requires that you take a mandatory 8 class for Security Officer Certification to get your CT Guard Card. You need your CT Guard Card to work either as a Contract Security Officer and or an In-House Security Officer.
Type of Security Guard License Required & Issuing Authority
Connecticut law enacted in 2008 mandates the training and licensing of private and public safety security officers. This law requires that all private security training must be approved and that all criminal justice private security trainers be certified by The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (State Police).
Department of Public Safety
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Monday through Friday 9am-4:30pm
Security Guard Application and Licensing Requirements
- Be at least 18 years old
- Pass a Criminal Background Check by the State Police
- Complete the 8-hour mandated Guard Card class
- You must carry your license (guard card) at all times while you’re performing duties associated with your security officer employment.
- When performing your security officer duties, you must show your CT guard card for inspection upon request of a law enforcement officer.
CT Guard Card Application Procedure
After completing your 8-hours of security officer training to complete the application process:
- Get 2 sets of fingerprints taken. You’ll get Blue and Green fingerprint cards.
- Complete Form DPS-135-C Security Guard Certificate. This will require a passport type photo taken within 6 months of the application date. One (1) color photograph, 2” x 2” with blue or white background.
- Make copies of your finger print cards and your completed DPS-135-C form for your records. Also keep a copy of the payment receipt for your completed -hour guard card course.
- Make a copy of your current drivers license or state ID.
- If you’re a naturalized US citizen, make a copy of your Naturalization papers.
- Mail to the Department of Public Safety address above with “Attention: Security Guard Application” as part of the address:
- Your completed DPS-135-C Security Guard Certificate with your photo affixed.
- Your Blue & Green fingerprint cards
- A copy of your current drivers license or state ID
- A copy of your Naturalization papers, if applicable.
- Personal checks and or money orders for (be sure to print clearly your Full Name and correct mailing address in the check memo lines with the words “Security Guard Card App” and verify current fees on CT state website):
- Application Fee of $100.00 payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”
- FBI Background Check Fee of $16.50 payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”
- State of Connecticut Background Check Fee of $50.00 payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”
Note: It is suggested you use a Certified Return Receipt available from the US Postal Service when mailing in your package. This will help ensure delivery and location if the packet is misplaced.
Find information about how you can renew your CT guard card.
Security Guard Employer Registration
Once you start working as a guard, your employer must register you with the state. The registration of security guards consists of the following:
- The standard application (DPS-688-C)
- Two (2) color photographs, 2” x 2” (passport style)
- A registration fee of $40.00
- Copy of Security Officers Identification Card
The check or money order for security guard registration must be made payable to the “Treasurer, State of Connecticut.”
Security Guard Training Requirements & Fees
You are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of classroom instruction in a basic security officer training program that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Basics about the Security Industry, including its history
- How to be a Security Officer, such as search and seizure laws, work place violence, terrorism, communication skills, First Aid/CPR/AED and fire safety.
- CT State laws pertaining to the security industry
- CT State laws about self defense and use of force (use of force continuum)
- CT State laws about citizen’s arrest
Security Guard Training for Veterans
If you are a Veteran, the cost of your security guard training maybe reimbursed through the Department of Veterans Affairs Form VA-22-0803 “Application for Reimbursement of Licensing or Certification Test Fees.”
Security Guard Training Providers in Connecticut
Connecticut requires that all private security training be approved and that all private security trainers be certified by The Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection. Below are a few security guard training companies in Connecticut. A complete security guard training school list maintained by Safety Department can be found online.
- HF LearnSafety Firearms Training Center for about $100
- LBJ Security Training for about $100. This school offers a “Security Officer Certification Class for COs” that is only for Corrections Officers. This course is faster paced than their regular security officer course.
- Logistical Security for about $75 + $20 fingerprinting fee + 6% sales tax on the $95
Connecticut Security Guard Uniforms
Connecticut General Statutes 29-161s and Sec. 29-161x-6 of the regulations of Connecticut State Agencies regulates what type of badge a uniformed security guard should wear. A sample of this badge is shown to the left. The badge must be rectangular not less than 2 inches in width and not less than 2½ inches in height. The badge must have straight sides, top and bottom. The badge must be free of protruding angles or design on all 4 sides. The badge must contain the word SECURITY, the security agency’s name and the security agency’s state license number, which must be sufficiently prominent to be identifiable at all times. The badge must be metal, woven or embroidered. Silk screening is not allowed.
The security guard uniform’s hat emblem may be of any design or shape, bearing the agency’s name.
Aside from the existing statutory restrictions of certain seals and designs, no restrictions are placed on color or any type of design that might be embossed or otherwise placed on the badge face