Following are a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers. If you have a question that is not represented below please contact us.

How Old Must I Be to Obtain A Security Guard License?

Unarmed security guards must be 18+ years of age. Armed security guards must be 21+ years of age.

Do I Have to Take A Class to Obtain My License?

Yes. In Utah, DOPL, requires that you take a certified class from a qualified instructor.

Are There Any Security Companies That Will Hire Me Without  A License?

No, the state of Utah requires that all security guards obtain a license from DOPL.

If I Leave My Current Company, Do I Have to Retake the Class or Get a New License?

No, your license is yours and is not tied to or correlated with the company for whom you work.

Do I Have to Own a Gun to Take the Class?

In order to take the Armed Security Guard course you must own a firearm and show proficiency with it in the course.

Do I Have to be a Utah Resident to Take the Class or get the License?

No. You don’t even have to be a US Citizen but you do need to have valid government issued photo ID.

Does This Class Also Qualify Me to Apply for A Concealed Weapon Permit?

No, this class does not meet all the requirements to apply for a Utah CCW Permit. We also provide those classes and you can learn more at www.carryutah.com

If I Have a Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permit Do I Still Have to Take This Class?

Yes. Having a permit in no ways correlates with the security guard licensing.

What needs to be included with your application when submitting to DOPL?

The following items are required for a full and complete application:

  1. Submit a $100.00 non-refundable application-processing fee, made payable to “DOPL”. The fee is comprised of a $60.00 application fee, a $20.00 surcharge for a BCI fingerprint file search and a $20.00 surcharge for a FBI fingerprint file search.
  2. Submit fingerprints to be used by DOPL for a fingerprint search through the files of the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
    1. Electronic fingerprinting is offered to DOPL applicants, with no additional charge, at the DOPL office between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Mon-Friday, except holidays. A current government issued picture ID is required (driver’s license, state ID,passport, etc.).
    2. If you are unable to obtain fingerprints at DOPL’s office, fingerprint services are available from most local law enforcement agencies. You are required to submit two (2) blue “Applicant” cards (Form FD-258) with your application; these cards will be provided by the agency that rolls your prints.
    3. REVIEW OF YOUR FBI RECORD: If you wish to challenge the accuracy of the information in your FBI record, you should contact the agency that contributed the information in question. You may also direct the challenge to the FBI, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, Attn. SCU, Mod. D-2, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306. The FBI will forward the challenge to the respective agency.
  3. Submit a clear and readable copy of a valid government issued driver’s license issued by Washington D.C. or a state of the United States of America or Utah identification card.
  4. Submit a “Certification of Completing 24 Hours of Basic Classroom Instruction” form documenting the successful completion of at least 24 hours of basic unarmed classroom instruction consistent with Sections R156-63a-602, and 603 of the Security Personnel Licensing Act Rules
  5. ARMED OFFICERS ONLY: Submit a “Certification of Completion of Firearms Instruction” form documenting the successful completion of at least six hours of classroom firearms instruction and at least six hours of firearms instruction on the range consistent with Sections R156-63a-602, and 604 of the Security Personnel Licensing Act rules.