Type of Security Guard License Required & Issuing Authority
North Dakota Private Investigation & Security Board (NDPISB) controls the licensing of security guards in North Dakota. The NDPISB recognizes the following 3 types of unarmed security officers based on security job experience and number of hours of security officer training:
- Apprentice Security Officer: 12 hours classroom instruction OR 12 hours of field service
- Security Officer: 1,000 hours field service + 32 more hours classroom instruction (1,000 hours of field experience is 25 40-hour work weeks)
- Commissioned Security Officer: 4,000 hours field service + 80 more hours classroom instruction (4,ooo hours of field service is 100 40-hour work weeks)
Security Guard Application & Licensing Requirements
To receive and maintain any license or registration from the board to provide private security services, an individual first must:
- Be at least eighteen years of age.
- Be a high school graduate or hold the equivalent of a high school diploma.
- Have not been convicted or adjudged guilty in any jurisdiction of one of the following offenses or its equivalent in another jurisdiction, including juvenile adjudications that the individual has engaged in similar conduct: any felony; any class A or B misdemeanor involving an act of violence or intimidation as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapters 12.1-16 through 12.1-25 and chapter 12.1-31.2, or involving controlled substances as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapter 19-03.1; any offense involving theft as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapter 12.1-23, including shoplifting; or any other offense that must be reported to the North Dakota bureau of criminal investigation under North Dakota Century Code section 12.1-32-15. This subsection does not prohibit the board from issuing a license or registration to an individual if the board determines the offense does not have a direct bearing upon the individual’s ability to provide private security services to the public and the individual has been sufficiently rehabilitated pursuant to the provisions of North Dakota Century Code section 12.1-33-02.1, or a full pardon has been granted.
- Be free of mental condition or defect which would interfere with the individual’s ability to provide services in a professional and competent manner.
- Have not committed an act that the board determines is indicative of bad moral character and which has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to serve the public, including offenses other than those listed in subsection 3.
The requirements in this section are in addition to any other qualifications established in this chapter. Each individual who is required to meet the qualifications of this section has a continuing duty to notify the board of any conviction or adjudication of guilt of an offense described in subsection 3 within fourteen days of the conviction or adjudication.
Mail applications (5 pages) and make checks payable to:
North Dakota Private Investigation & Security Board
513 East Bismarck Expressway, Suite 5
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
Telephone/fax number 701-222-3063
The NDPISB provides you with the necessary fingerprint cards upon request. Contact the office and the cards will be forwarded to you at no charge. It is imperative that you use the cards supplied by the NDPISB for proper processing of your applications.
North Dakota Security Officer Application Fees
Your initial security officer application fee is $77 as broken down below:
- ND BCI Criminal Search: $30.00
- FBI Criminal Search: $22.00
- Apprentice/Security/Commissioned Officer: $25.00
Security Officer Training Requirements
In North Dakota, you work your way to a higher security officer license through a combination of time on duty and additional training hours.
Apprentice Security Officer Qualifications
To qualify for registration as an apprentice private security officer you:
- Must complete, within 30 days after being registered with the board, a minimum of 12 hours of classroom instruction relating to the provision of private security services or 12 hours of field training. The field training must be supervised either by a security officer who has a minimum of two thousand hours of active service in that grade or equivalent combination of training and experience as defined in section 93-02-02.1-10 or by a commissioned security officer. The training must be at a ratio of no more than four trainees to one officer.
- Until the apprentice private security officer has fulfilled the requirements in this section, the apprentice may only provide private security services under the direct, onsite supervision of a security officer or commissioned security officer employed by the private security agency.
Security Officer Qualifications
To qualify for registration as a security officer, you must provide a minimum of 1,000 hours of private security service as a registered apprentice security officer and complete an additional 32 hours of classroom instruction.
Commissioned Security Officer Qualifications
To qualify for registration as a commissioned security officer, you must provide 3,000 hours of private security service as a registered security officer, in addition to at least 1,000 hours as an apprentice security officer, and complete an additional 80 hours of classroom instruction.
Prohibitions for Security Officers
- An individual, while providing private security services, may not:
- Wear, carry, use, display, or possess any identification, badge, uniform, patch, insignia, sign, decal, or other form of identification;
- Make or utter any statement; or
- Use, control, possess, or own any motor vehicle of any kind which is marked or identified by any sign, insignia, decal, equipment, device, or contrivance; which could or might reasonably lead the general public to believe or assume that the individual has any police-type powers or that the individual or vehicle is associated in any way with a governmental law enforcement agency or other governmental agency. Examples of prohibited conduct include use of the word “police”, the great seal of the state of North Dakota, or the seal of any political subdivision; or use of any type of common or customary military rank.
- An individual licensed by the board under this chapter, including the holder of an agency license, may not be employed full time or part time in any capacity wherein such individual has any police-type powers or access to any official law enforcement records.
- An individual licensed by the board under this chapter may not solicit or accept any commission or deputization that in any way involves the authority to use or employ, or the use or employment of, any police-type powers, except that of a special deputy sheriff or special police officer, and then, only in the case of an emergency or disaster and only for the immediate time of the emergency or disaster.
- As used in this section, positions with police-type powers do not include official volunteer civil defense positions or membership in the national guard, reserve, or regular armed forces of the United States, but include positions or membership in the military police, security police, or similar police functions of the regular armed forces of the United States.
- If a uniform is worn, for identification purposes, the name of the agency that the individual is employed by must be prominently displayed on the uniform.
Security License Pocket Card
- To each individual licensed or registered by the board, the board shall issue a laminated pocket card.
- When a registered employee or independent contractor of a private security agency terminates employment or a contract with the agency, that individual shall return the pocket card to the agency immediately after termination. Within seven days after receiving the pocket card of the terminated individual, the agency shall mail or deliver the pocket card to the board for cancellation, with a letter from the holder of the agency license stating the date the registered individual was terminated and the date the agency received the terminated individual’s card.
- If the board revokes, suspends, or disapproves the renewal of a license or registration of any individual, the board may require the individual to return the individual’s pocket card within fourteen days.
- If the board revokes, suspends, or disapproves renewal of a private security agency license, the board may require the agency to return the pocket cards of all its registered employees and independent contractors within fourteen days of the request by the board.