Florida: Armed Security Officers
Legislation and Details for Florida
Title XXXII. Regulation of Professions and Occupations.
Chapter 493. Private Investigative, Private Security, and Repossession Services
Florida Administrative Code
Title 5 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division 5N Division of Licensing
Chapter 5N-1 Private Investigative, Security and Repossession Activities, Schools
Individual Security Officers holding a Class ”D” license are permitted to bear a firearm and any such licensee who bears a firearm shall also have a Class “G” Statewide Firearm license.
No employee shall carry or be furnished a weapon or firearm unless the carrying of a weapon or firearm is required by her or his duties, nor shall an employee carry a weapon or firearm except in connection with those duties.
$112 Class G Firearms License Fee
$42 Fingerprint Processing Fee
$10.75 Fingerprint Retention Fee
$164.75 Total fees required
If you are applying for another class of license under Chapter 493, F.S., at this time, submit only one set of fingerprints and a single fingerprint-processing and retention fee. And if you have submitted a set of fingerprints and a fingerprint-processing and retention fee for a license under Chapter 493 with in past six months, no fingerprint submission or fingerprint-processing or retention fee in necessary at this time.
See: Application Class G – Form 16008, General Information
Florida permits both mail, in person and online applications processes.
See: Class D Security Officer License Requirements
Florida does not require licensing for security officers working at religious settings such as churches. The statute states in part:
493.6102 (13) Any individual employed as a security officer by a church or ecclesiastical or denominational
organization having an established physical place of worship in this state at which nonprofit religious services and activities are
regularly conducted or by a church cemetery to provide security on the property of the organization or cemetery,
and who does not carry a firearm in the course of her or his duties.
Florida has adopted “reciprocity” provisions that recognizes other licensure from other jurisdictions in limited circumstances.
The Act declares:
(1) The department may adopt rules for:
(a) Entering into reciprocal agreements with other states or territories of the United States for the purpose of licensing persons to perform activities regulated under this chapter who are currently licensed to perform similar services in the other states or territories; or
(b) Allowing a person who is licensed in another state or territory to perform similar services in this state, on a temporary and limited basis, without the need for licensure in state.
Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
Applicant must be a United States citizen or deemed a permanent legal resident alien by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
No baseline requirement
Class G – Firearms License Training Exemptions
1. Proof that you are currently certified as a law enforcement officer or correctional officer pursuant to the requirements of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission or have successfully completed the training required for certification within the last 12 months.
2. Proof that you are currently certified as a federal law enforcement officer and have received law enforcement firearms training administered by a federal law enforcement agency.
3. Proof that you qualify for a Class “K” Firearms Instructor License in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section 493.6105(6)(a), F.S.
Class “G” Statewide Firearm License is required.
To be eligible to carry a concealed weapon, the following requirements must be met:
1. You must be 21 years of age or older.
2. You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm.
3. Unless you are serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces, you must currently reside in the United States and be a U.S. citizen or deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. If you are serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces, submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. Those who are Resident Aliens must provide a valid Permanent Resident Alien card.
For the rules and requirements for the issuance of a permit for a concealed weapon, see here.
Florida Statute §493.6111(1)
All licenses issued pursuant to this chapter shall be on a form prescribed by the department and shall include the licensee’s name, license number, expiration date of the license, and any other information the department deems necessary. Class “C,” Class “CC,” Class “D,” Class “E,” Class “EE,” Class “M,” Class “MA,” Class “MB,” Class “MR,” and Class “G” licenses shall be in the possession of individual licensees while on duty.
Florida Statute § 493.6106(1)(b)
Applicant must be of good moral character.
Good moral character means a personal history of honesty, fairness, and respect for the right and property of others and for the laws of this state and nation.
See: Fla. Stat. § 493.6101(7)
Must submit a complete and legible set of fingerprints either on the Fingerprint Card in the application package or by Electronic Fingerprint-Scan. Your fingerprints can be taken at a participating law enforcement agency, by your employer, or by any business providing fingerprinting services. For information regarding electronic fingerprint-scan, visit http://mylicensesite.com.
Fingerprint processing fee is $42.
Options to obtain fingerprints
Option 1. Many of Florida’s 67 county sheriffs and even some local police departments offer electronic fingerprinting service. Please call the local law enforcement agency in advance to find out whether the office does in fact provide electronic fingerprint scanning service and if an appointment is necessary if the service is available.
Option 2. Scan fingerprints at any one of the eight Regional Offices. Please telephone the Regional Office in order to determine if an appointment is necessary.
Option 3. Consult private vendors that provide electronic fingerprinting services. See 493 LiveScan Device Fingerprinting Locations for a list of vendors.
d. If you are currently abusing a controlled substance, you are not eligible for licensure.
e. If you have a history of controlled substance abuse, you must provide evidence of successful completion of a substance abuse rehabilitation program and three letters of reference, one of which should be from your sponsor in the program.
f. If you have a history of alcohol abuse, you must provide evidence of successful completion of an alcohol rehabilitation program and three letters of reference, one of which should be from your sponsor in the program.
a. If you have ever been adjudicated incapacitated (determined by the court to be incapable of taking care of yourself), you must provide proof that you have been granted relief from federal firearms disabilities.
b. If you have ever been involuntarily placed in a treatment facility for the mentally ill under Chapter 394, F.S., or similar laws of another state, you must provide proof that you have been granted relief from federal firearms disabilities.
c. If you have ever been diagnosed with a mental illness, you must provide a statement from a psychologist of psychiatrists licensed in Florida attesting that you are not currently suffering from a mental illness that precludes you from performing regulated duties in an armed capacity.
The Department will deny your application if you:
• are currently serving a suspended sentence on a felony charge or are on probation for a felony charge [Section 493.6118(4), F.S.].
• have been convicted of a felony in any state or of a crime against the United States, which is designated as a felony, or convicted of an offense in any other state, territory, or country punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, unless and until Civil Rights and Firearm Rights have been restored by the convicting authority and a period of 10 years has passed since final release from supervision [Section 493.6118(4)(a), F.S.]. Proof of restoration of Civil Rights and Firearm Rights must be submitted with this application.
1. If the felony conviction occurred within the State of Florida, your civil rights and firearm rights must be restored by the Florida Office of Executive Clemency.
Questions regarding the procedure for applying for restoration of Civil Rights or restoration of Firearm Rights should be addressed to:
4070 Esplanade Way; Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450,
Toll Free 1-800-435-8286;
Phone (850) 488-2952.
2. Felony convictions occurring in another state require restoration of civil and firearm rights by the state in which the conviction occurred.
3. If you were convicted of a felony under federal law, you must have a presidential pardon or have been granted federal relief from disabilities.
The Department may deny your application if you:
• have a history of being arrested for crimes of violence and/or found guilty of (or had adjudication withheld for) directly related crimes. This includes, but is not limited to: Trespassing, Breaking and Entering, Burglary, Robbery, Forgery, Criminal Mischief or Theft, Assault, Battery, Stalking, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Battery, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Murder, Aggravated Stalking, Resisting an Officer with Violence [Section 493.6118(1)(c), Section 493.6118(1)(j), Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
• have demonstrated a lack of respect for the laws of this state and the nation [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
• have an outstanding bench warrant or capias [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
• are currently in a Pre-Trial Intervention or Deferred Prosecution Program [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
You must provide complete information about your arrest(s) and include certified copies of court dispositions. A determination of your eligibility cannot be made until all documentation is received and a complete criminal history record check has been completed. This process takes 1-3 months.
493.6108 Investigation of applicants by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(1) Except as otherwise provided, the department must investigate an applicant for a license under this chapter before it may issue the license. The investigation must include:
(a)1. An examination of fingerprint records and police records. If a criminal history record check of an applicant under this chapter is performed by means of fingerprint identification, the time limitations prescribed by s. 120.60(1) shall be tolled while the applicant’s fingerprints are under review by the Department of Law Enforcement or the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
2. If a legible set of fingerprints, as determined by the Department of Law Enforcement or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, cannot be obtained after two attempts, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services may determine the applicant’s eligibility based upon a criminal history record check under the applicant’s name conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Class D – Security Officer Training
Must submit proof of successful completion of a minimum of 40 hours of professional training at a school or training facility
licensed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in the following topics:
• Legal Issues and Liabilities
• Basic First Aid
• Fire Suppression
• Emergency Procedures
• Crime & Accident Prevention
• Professional Communication
• Terrorism Awareness
• Ethics and Professional Conduct
• Patrol Techniques
• Observation Techniques & Report Writing
• Interview Techniques and other required topics
Class G – Firearms Training
In order to qualify, you must successfully complete 28 hours of range and classroom training
pertaining to the use of firearms in connection with duties regulated under Chapter 493, Florida Statutes.
The training must be obtained from a licensed Class “K” Firearms Instructor within the preceding 12 months.
The 28 hour-course curriculum and the time that should be devoted to each of the subject areas included in the curriculum are
indicated below. Note that the law stipulates that no more than eight hours of the training shall consist of range training.
• Legal Aspects of Use of Firearms (12 hours) – This section of the course covers applicable portions of Chapters 493, 775, 776, and 790, Florida Statutes,
as well as civil and criminal liability issues in connection with the use of firearms.
• Operational Firearms Safety and Firearms Mechanical Training (8 hours) – This portion of the curriculum is intended to provide students with a
comprehensive understanding of the mechanical operations of a firearm and how to handle firearms safely.
A written examination of 100 questions will be administered covering the portions of the curriculum dealing with legal use and operational/mechanical training.
• Firearms Qualification (8 hours) – This segment of the training course includes practical exercises in the handling of firearms – stance,
grip, sighting, etc. – as well as topics pertaining to range safety and range commands.
The instructor will require students to fire 144 rounds as part of the firearms qualification for
initial licensure (48 rounds of practice fire +2 cycles of 48 rounds for initial qualification).
No more than eight hours of the 28 hours of training shall consist of range training.
A written exam will be administered during the Operational Firearms Safety and Firearms Mechanical Training portion of training. Additionally, the Firearms Qualification portion will require a firearms qualification. See Training Requirements for more information.
No baseline requirement