If you have had a Utah unarmed or armed private security officer license within the past 2 years (expired on 11/30/2020) you are required to complete all applicable continuing education and renew your security license. You cannot apply as a new applicant or use any of the initial unarmed or armed training as continuing education. To read more about continuing education click here or contact us.
The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) and the Security Personnel Licensing Act of 1995 requires all persons in the State of Utah to be at least 18 years old, meet the minimum requirements as described in 58-63-302 and R156-63a-302f below, complete the required training and obtain a security license before working as an unarmed or armed private security officer for a Contract Security Company. If you have a criminal conviction you may be prohibited from obtaining or holding an unarmed or armed private security officer license.
Required Training To Obtain A Security License
Applicants must complete 8 hours of basic education and training and obtain a passing score of at least 80% on the final written test.
Applicants can complete this training online or in person in a classroom.
NOTE: It is illegal for an unarmed security officer to carry or have immediate access to a firearm while on duty, even if he/she has a concealed firearm permit.
Applicants must currently have a valid unarmed private security officer license or recently completed an acceptable unarmed private security officer license course and complete 12 hours of firearm education and training which includes 6 hours of classroom firearms instruction and obtain a passing score of at least 80% on the final written test, and at least 6 hours of firearms range instruction (live fire) on which the applicant obtains a passing score of at least 80% using regular or low light conditions.
Applicants must complete this training in a classroom environment in person. It cannot be completed online
If you are currently licensed as a Security Professional in another state, territory, or district of the United States you may qualify for licensure by endorsement to obtain a Utah Private Security Officer License without needing to complete the required training. To qualify, you must have an active and valid security license in good standing (no disciplinary actions) and have had the security license for at least one (1) year.
Select the links below for approved jurisdictions and additional information.
For additional questions, please contact us.
We provide the application to all students in our courses or you can download an application here (PDF).
Security License Application Fee
What Must Accompany The Application
As described in R156-63a-302a. the following items are required to submit the application:
1. A non-refundable application processing fee of $90.00
2. A completed application ensuring it is legible.
3. Supporting documentation for any “yes” answers provided on the “Qualifying Questionnaire”. See page 2 of the application for more information.
4. Fingerprints. DOPL provides fingerprint services for all applicants and is included in the licensing fee.
If you are unable to obtain fingerprints at DOPL’s office, you must include two (2) completed blue fingerprint cards (Form FD-258) with your application.
COVID-19 ~ DOPL Is Closed For Fingerprinting. We can get your fingerprints done for you, click here.
5. Certification of Education Requirements (page 3 of the application) This page must be completed and signed by an authorized instructor approved by DOPL.
6. Original “Right of Access” Criminal History Report showing “No Criminal Record” if requesting an Interim License.
How To Submit The Application
Submit all required items listed above to DOPL;
• In person:
Heber M Wells Building, 1st Floor Lobby
160 East 300 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111
• Mail To:
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
PO BOX 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
No Criminal Record
If selected on the application, DOPL will email the interim license within 1 to 2 business days to the applicant's email address provided on the application as described in R156-63a-302g and 58-63-310.
DOPL will then mail the "hard" license to the applicants mailing address provided on the application, usually within approximately 2 weeks.
If an applicant's application is denied after a federal background check is conducted, an interim license will automatically expire and the applicant will a receive notice and reason for the denial.
Past Criminal Record
Applicants that have any convictions on their Utah criminal history report are not eligible to receive an interim license and will have their criminal history reviewed by the board to determine that the applicant is not disqualified from receiving a security license. If approved, DOPL will mail the "hard" license to the applicants mailing address provided on the application, usually within approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
If an applicant's application is denied, the applicant will receive a notice and reason for the denial.
If you have any questions about meeting the qualification requirements, please contact us.
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Phone: (801) 530-6628
Address: Heber M Wells Building, 1st Floor Lobby 160 East 300 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111