Type of Security Guard License Required & Issuing Authority
If you are a Hawaiian security guards, either armed and unarmed, effective July 1, 2013 you must carry a Hawaiian Guard Card as proof you’ve registered with the Board of Private Detectives and Guards and have met all the state guidelines. Bouncers are also required to carry a guard card. The state wants the private security industry to operate in a standard, professional manner. The required training is necessary because on duty as a security officers you protect the public safety and the public trusts you. Trained and certified security guards often get higher pay.
No matter if you or your employer pay for the required training cost and application fee, the guard card belongs to you, not your employer.
Security Guard Application & Licensing Requirements
Under Act 208, all guards, and all agents, operatives, and assistants employed by a guard agency, private business entity, or government agency who act in a guard capacity shall apply to register with the Board, and meet the following registration, instruction, and training requirements prior to acting as a guard:
- Be not less than 18 years of age;
- Possess a high school education or its equivalent
- Not be presently suffering from any psychiatric or psychological disorder which is directly related and detrimental to a person’s performance in the profession;
- Not have been convicted in any jurisdiction of a crime which reflects unfavorably on the fitness of the individual to act as a guard, unless the conviction has been annulled or expunged by court order; provided that the individual shall submit to a national criminal history record check as authorized by federal law, including but not limited to the Private Security Officer Employment Authorization Act of 2004, and specified in the rules of the Board;
- Successfully complete 8 hours of classroom instruction given by a Board approved instructor on a Board approved curriculum before the first day of service; and
- 4 hours of classroom instruction annually thereafter.
“Act in a guard capacity” or “acting in a guard capacity” means the performance of safekeeping, observation, and reporting functions by a uniformed or non-uniformed employee for the person’s employer; provided that:
- “Safekeeping” means protecting property, assets, or persons through a physical presence to detect and deter illegal actions, inappropriate actions, violations of the property’s or premise’s rules or code of conduct, or unsafe conditions; including but not limited to theft, damage, harm, or risk of injury to such persons or property, as applicable.
- “Physical presence” means maintaining a post (e.g., a stationary guard, bouncer, etc.) or patrolling the premises (e.g., physically responding to alarms or incidents on the property, etc.).
Exemptions to Needing a HI Guard Card
An employee who performs safekeeping, observation, and reporting functions only incidentally to the employee’s primary job functions and responsibilities are considered to be acting in a guard capacity and, hence, don’t require a guard card. The following are examples of such excluded employees:
- A person stationed at the entrance or exit of a retail or commercial establishment whose function is to verify a customer’s membership with and the accuracy of purchases from the retail or commercial establishment;
- A parking lot attendant whose responsibility is limited to control the ingress and egress of the parking lot, facility, or structure;
- A person whose responsibility is limited to performing water safety and rescue services at a swimming pool, beach, or other body of water;
- A person whose responsibility is limited to taking tickets from customers at the entrance or exit of an entertainment, recreational, commercial, or sporting event; and
- A residential or commercial property manager who oversees the property owner’s agreement with a licensed guard agency, or oversees the property owner’s guard employees, for the provision of guard services to the subject property.
- Volunteers as they are not employed and, hence, not subject to Act 208.
HI Guard Card Application Checklist
The following is a list of items required to apply for your security guard registration and for you to check the items that have been submitted. Have you ……
- Answered all questions on the online application form? The form is only available to complete online.
- Signed the application form?
- Attached the $106/$73 application fee (payable to Commerce & Consumer Affairs)?
- Attached evidence of a high school education or its equivalent?
- Fingerprint at Fieldprint Inc. and paid all required fees for submission to the FBI?
- Attached certificate of completion of eight (8) hour mandatory classroom instruction
Hawaii Security Guard Card Application Fees
Your application fee to become a security guard varies depending when you apply. This is to force all renewals to happen in even-numbered years. You get a discount if you have to renew sooner after you apply.
- If your registration is approved between July 1, even-numbered year to June 30, odd-numbered year, pay $106
- Application – $10
- Registration fee – $45
- Compliance Resolution Fund – $36
- 1/2 Renewal fee – $15
- If your registration is approved between July 1, odd-numbered year to June 30, even-numbered year, pay $73
- Application – $10
- Registration fee – $45
- Compliance Resolution Fund – $18
Make your check payable to: COMMERCE & CONSUMER AFFAIRS. Your check must be made in U.S. dollars and be from a U.S. financial institution.
Security Guard Training Requirements & Fees
Guard Card Training Costs
Hawaii Security Guard Training Curriculum
The state has outlined the following curriculum topics that must be included in the 8 hours of initial training. Other topics and discussions make up the other 4 hours of initial training. Site specific topics may be added beyond the 8 hour mandatory program, but site specific training cannot be included in the mandatory 8 hours.
(4 Hours minimum)
- Program Introduction: Act 208HRS (15 minutes)
- Professional Image and Aloha Training (30 minutes)
- Active Shooter (30 minutes)
- Profile of an Active Shooter
- Response: Active Shooter in Vicinity
- Response: When Law Enforcement Arrives
- Response: Managing Consequences of Active Shooter
- Workplace Violence (45 minutes)
- Recognizing Potential Workplace Violence
- Indicators of Dangerous Behavior
- Proactive Response and Notification of Management
- Fire Safety (30 minutes)
- Fire: causes, prevention, response
- Different Types of Fire & Type of Fire Extinguishers
- Basic Evacuation Procedures
- Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Awareness (30 minutes)
- Required OSHA Training for First Responders
- Various Diseases, Fluids, Routes of Transmission
- Exposure Prevention Methods
- Proper Personal Protective Equipment
- Disease/Vaccination Info: HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C
- 6. Professional Ethics: State Ethics Code, Chapter 84, HRS (30 minutes)
- Definitions, Checklist, Resources:
- Two Page Security Guard Ethics Definitions and Checklist.
- Resource and Reference: www.state.hi.us/ethics, Phone: (808) 587-0460, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liability (Section for DEP AG RT Review/Input) (30 minutes)
- Lawsuits, Claims
- Intentional Common Law Tort
- Common Law Negligence Claims
- Civil Rights Violations Claims
- eLiability Insurance
- Wrap up