Georgia: Armed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Georgia

Legislation/Source:

Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA)
Title 43 – Professions and Businesses
Chapter 38 – Operators of Private Detective Businesses and Private Security Businesses/ The Georgia Private Detective and Security Agencies Act
And
Georgia Administrative Code
Department 509 – Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies

Authorizing Department

Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
Phone: (478) 207-2440
Official Website

Licensure and License Fees

Individuals do not seek licensure nor are applicants for Unarmed Officer status required in the State of Georgia. However, each employee of a licensed and registered security services business or firm must register, train and account for employees for said firm. Hence, the security employer is the designated responsible party for assuring compliance of its own employees. The process requires employee registration and compliance at many levels.

Armed security officers must register with the board.

In the case of armed officers, the employee applicant and the employer both file documentation concerning the type and status of weapons sought- from traditional permits to concealed. The application packet has all required forms.

Fees:
$70   Initial Registration – Security Guard – Armed Employee
$25   Additional Weapon permit / Change of Weapon Type Application Fee
$65   Late Renewal Fee
$25 Lost or Destroyed License Replacement Fee

$50   ID Card

Employee registration cards and/or weapon permits issued by the Board shall expire on August 31 of each odd-numbered year.
See: GA R&R Department 509 Chapter 509-2 Rule 509-2-.01.

Georgia is moving towards more online services for both licenses and the registration of employees.
See: Online Portal

For complete instructions provided by the board, see Employee Registration Information.

For the Weapons Permit Applications:
See: Weapons Permit Application
See: Online Weapons Permit Application

Sworn law enforcement officers must file a distinct application.
See: Application form for Law Enforcement Officers

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

Armed security officers must register with the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies.

Age Requirements

To be employed as an armed security guard with a licensed company, you must be at least 21 years of age and must meet the minimum requirements established by the Board, as detailed in O.C.G.A. 43-38-7 and O.C.G.A. 43-38-10.
See; Official Website – Common Questions

Citizenship

OCGA § 43-38-7(c)(1)(B)
The applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a registered resident alien

Experience

Not Required

Exemptions

OCGA § 43-38-14
(a)   This chapter shall not apply to:

(1)   An officer or employee of the United States of America or of this state or a political subdivision thereof while the employee or officer is engaged in the performance of official duties;
(2)   A person engaged in the business of furnishing information in connection with credit or marketing and a person or firm engaged as a consumer reporting agency, as defined by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act;
(3)   An attorney at law or a bona fide legal assistant in performing his or her duties;
(4)   Admitted insurers, agents, and insurance brokers licensed by the state while performing duties in connection with insurance transacted by them;
(5)   A firm engaged in the business of independent insurance claims adjusting whose employees hold a valid Georgia adjuster’s license; or (6) The employees of a firm identified in paragraph (5) of this subsection.

(b)   Any person with a valid peace officer certification issued pursuant to Chapter 8 of Title 35, the “Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Act,” who is employed by or works as an independent contractor for a licensed:

(1)   Private security business shall be exempt from any training provisions required by this chapter for such business and shall be deemed to have satisfied all board rules and regulations relative to training; and
(2)   Private detective business or private security business shall be exempt from further licensure under this chapter and shall be permitted to carry a firearm without obtaining any weapons permit from the board; provided, however, that such licensed private detective business or private security business shall be required to register such employee or independent contractor with the board.

Permit Required

OCGA § 43-38-10(a)
The board may grant a permit to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm to any person who is at least 21 years of age and who is licensed or registered in accordance with this chapter and who meets the qualifications and training requirements set forth in this Code section and such other qualifications and training requirements as the board by rule may establish. The board shall have the authority to establish limits on type and caliber of such weapons by rule. Application for such permit and for renewal thereof shall be made on forms provided by the division director. No weapons permit issued under this Code section shall be transferable to another individual.

Requirement to carry an ID card

OCGA §43-38-7(f)
Upon receipt of a license card issued by the board pursuant to this chapter, the licensee shall maintain said card on his person at all times while on his post or at his place of employment and at all times when the licensee wears a uniform in the course of his employment in the private detective or private security business.

See: Identification Cards

Moral Character

OCGA § 43-38-6(c)(1)(c)Is
The applicant must be of good moral character

Fingerprint

The Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies requires a fingerprint background check on all applicants. Fingerprints are processed through
Georgia Applicant Processing Service (GAPS). The Federal/State criminal history results will be available to the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security
Agencies within 48 hours after the applicant has been fingerprinted and the prints are received by GBI, Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC).

The Board utilizes www.ga.cogentid.com for electronic processing.

Substance Abuse

OCGA § 43-38-11(a)(6)
The board shall have the authority to refuse to grant a license or registration to an applicant therefor or to revoke the license or registration of a person licensed or registered by the board or to discipline a person licensed or registered by the board upon a finding by a majority of the entire board that the licensee, registrant, or applicant has become unable to engage in the private detective or private security business with reasonable skill and safety to the public by reason of illness; use of alcohol, drugs, narcotics, chemicals, or any other type of material; or any other mental or physical condition.

Mental Health

OCGA § 43-38-11(a)(6)
The board shall have the authority to refuse to grant a license or registration to an applicant therefor or to revoke the license or registration of a person licensed or registered by the board or to discipline a person licensed or registered by the board upon a finding by a majority of the entire board that the licensee, registrant, or applicant has become unable to engage in the private detective or private security business with reasonable skill and safety to the public by reason of illness; use of alcohol, drugs, narcotics, chemicals, or any other type of material; or any other mental or physical condition.

Criminal History Background Check

OCGA § 43-38-7(c)(1)
D) Has not been convicted of a felony or any crime involving the illegal use, carrying, or possession of a dangerous weapon or any crime involving moral turpitude; provided, however, that, if the applicant has been convicted of such crime, or has entered a plea of nolo contendere to such crime, or has entered a plea pursuant to Article 3 of Chapter 8 of Title 42 or otherwise
been granted first offender treatment, the board may inquire into the nature of the crime, the date of conviction or plea, and other underlying facts and circumstances surrounding such criminal proceedings and, in its discretion, may allow the applicant to be licensed;
(E) Has not committed an act constituting dishonesty or fraud; and
(F) Meets such other qualifications as the board may prescribe by rule.

OCGA § 43-38-11
(a)   The board shall have the authority to refuse to grant a license or registration to an applicant therefor or to revoke the license or registration of a person licensed or registered by the board or to discipline a person licensed or registered by the board upon a finding by a majority of the entire board that the licensee, registrant, or applicant has:

(4)   Been convicted, in the courts of this state or of the United States, or in the courts of any other state, territory, or country, of a felony, or any crime involving the illegal use, carrying, or possession of a dangerous weapon, or any crime involving moral turpitude. As used in this subsection, the term ‘felony’ shall include any offense which if committed in this state would be deemed a felony, without regard to its designation elsewhere. For purposes of this subsection, a ‘conviction’ shall be deemed to include a finding or verdict of guilty or plea of guilty, regardless of whether an appeal of the conviction has been sought;
(5)   Been arrested, charged, and sentenced for the commission of a felony, any crime involving the illegal use, carrying, or possession of a dangerous weapon, or any crime involving moral turpitude, where:
    (A)   A plea of nolo contendere was entered to the charge;
    (B)   First offender treatment was granted without adjudication of guilt pursuant to the charge; or
    (C)   An adjudication or sentence was otherwise withheld or not entered on the charge. The plea of nolo contendere or the order entered pursuant to Article 3 of Chapter 8 of Title 42 or other first offender treatment shall be conclusive evidence of arrest and sentencing for such crime;

Employees must file a background questionnaire and certain affidavits and affirmations as to criminal history, previous employment and former and present residences are part of the application. Part of the employer’s responsibility to ensure that these documents are completed and in full.

Employees must also execute a consent document that allows contact with any local state and federal law enforcement agencies and includes access to the Georgia Crime Information Center.

See: Consent form

Personal References

Not Required

Training Requirements

A minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction is required in a basic
training program that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
•   Role of Private Security
•   Legal Aspects
•   Patrol and Observation
•   Incident Response
•   Security Resources
•   Customer Service Issues
•   First Aid Overview

For employees performing the functions of armed private security personnel, in addition to the 24-hour basic training
curriculum, these personnel must satisfy the requirements set forth in the firearms training curriculum.
A minimum of 15 hours of instruction is required for the firearm training
curriculum for handguns, administered by an instructor who is licensed by the Board.
This curriculum is intended to meet the minimum requirements of the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies.

Employee, in order to demonstrate qualification to carry a firearm, must affirm classroom instruction in the use of firearms by a board-approved instructor, firearm range instruction, and passage of the Standard Practical Pistol Course.

Exam Requirement

A minimum passing score of 80% must be achieved on a written exam. A minimum passing score of 80% must be achieved on the firing range, proctored by a firearms instructor licensed by the Board.
See: GA R&R Department 509 Chapter 509-3 Rule 503-3-.10

Child Support

OCGA § 19-11-9.3
The agency shall maintain a statewide certified list of those persons included in any case enforced under this article for whom an order for child support has been rendered and who are not in compliance with that order. The certified list must be updated on a monthly basis. The agency shall submit to each licensing entity a certified list with the name, social security number, if known, date of birth, and last known address of each person on the list. Notice for purposes of this Code section shall be initiated by the department. Notice to the delinquent obligor shall include the address and telephone number of the agency and shall inform the delinquent obligor of the agency’s intent to submit the obligor’s name to relevant licensing entities and to request that the licensing entities withhold issuance or renewal of the license, or suspend the license.

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