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Utah Private Security Officer
License Renewals

All security licenses expire on November 30th of every even-numbered year (2024)

Unlawful Conduct: Your license will automatically expire unless you renew it before its expiration date. If your license expires, you may not practice until a new license is issued. Utah laws 58-1-501(1)(a) and 58-1-502 make it unlawful and punishable as a criminal offense to practice your occupation or profession beyond the expiration of your license.

If you have an unarmed private security officer license and obtained an armed private security officer license you DO NOT need to maintain both unarmed and armed licenses. ONLY renew your armed license and let the unarmed license expire. Armed private security officers can perform all unarmed security duties with the armed license.

If you have an armed private security officer license and you do not want to complete the required armed continuing education or no longer want or need the armed license and you want to “downgrade” to an unarmed private security officer license you do not need to complete the armed security firearm continuing education, but you must;

  1. Complete the required 32 hours of continuing education
  2. Contact DOPL notifying them that you no longer want to keep the armed license
  3. Complete the unarmed private security officer paper renewal application. You cannot renew online as described below.

If you are a member of the U.S. military and your security license expired while you were deployed it will continue to be valid for 90 days after the last date of the deployment listed on the service member’s deployment order.

As provided in 71A-8-103 DOPL will reactive your unarmed or armed private security officer license until the next date that the license expires or for the period that the license is normally issued, at no cost to the service member, member of the National Guard , or reserve component of the armed forces if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The service member, National Guard member , or reservist requests renewal of the license within 90 days after the termination date of the activation or deployment orders.
  2. The service member, National Guard member , or reservist provides the licensing agency with a copy of the individual’s official orders calling the member or reservist to active duty or deployment, and official orders discharging the member or reservist from active duty or deployment. and
  3. The service member, the National Guard member , or reservist meets all the requirements necessary for the renewal of the license, except the member or reservist need not meet the requirements, if any, that relate to continuing education or training.

This option DOES NOT apply to:

  • Regularly scheduled annual training;
  • In-state active National Guard and reserve orders; or
  • Orders that do not require the service member to relocate outside of this state.

If you have questions about this information please contact us.


R156-63a-304. Continuing Education for Armed and Unarmed Private Security Officers as a Condition of Renewal.
(1) Armed and unarmed private security officers shall complete at least 32 hours of continuing education during each two-year renewal cycle. A minimum of 16 hours shall be core continuing education; the remaining hours may consist of professional continuing education or core continuing education.
(2) In addition to the 32 hours of core/professional continuing education, an armed private security officer shall complete at least 16 hours of continuing firearms education and training during each two-year renewal cycle.

Before you can renew an armed or unarmed private security officer license you must have completed ALL applicable continuing education requirements. Failure to complete this requirement can result in having your license suspended or revoked and criminal penalties.

Renewal Fee


Late Fee

Private Security Officer Licenses that are expired:

  • Within 30 days, you must pay the renewal fee plus a $20 late fee. Total = $62
  • Over 30 days but within 2 years, you must pay the renewal fee plus a $50 late fee. Total = $92
  • Over 2 years, you must retake all required initial training and apply as a new applicant.

How To Renew

DOPL will email all valid Utah private security officers a notice to renew approximately 90 days prior to expiration. It is your responsibility to ensure DOPL always has your current email address.
AFTER completing ALL applicable continuing education, you can renew a private security officer license anytime after September 1st of the expiration year.

To renew online you must have the Renewal ID that is provided in the renewal email sent to you from DOPL.

Renew on the DOPL website.

You can download an application from the DOPL website.

You have two options to submit the completed application to DOPL.

  1. Mail the application to the Division of Professional Licensing:
    P.O. Box 146741
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741
  2. Take the application in person to the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing:
    Heber M. Wells Building
    160 East 300 South
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

    Phone: (801) 530-6628
    Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed holidays)
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