Kentucky: Armed Security Officers
Legislation and Details for Kentucky
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Code of Ordinances
Title XI – Business Regulations
Chapter 124 – Armed Security Officers
Kentucky Revised Statutes
Kentucky, at the Commonwealth level, does not regulate or license security officers. However, there are major metropolitan areas such as Louisville that do have a structure of regulation. The licensure content discussed within is narrowly directed at this municipality.
Kentucky does regulate and oversee conceal and carry weaponry at the state level.
$25 Application fee
$25 Background check fee
$60 CCDW(Concealed Deadly Weapons) Application fee
“Active and retired peace officers that meet the requirements of KRS 237.110(7) are exempt from paying the application or renewal fee.”
Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances (LMCO) (B)(2)
The applicant must be at least 21 years of age
LMCO § 124.05(B)(1)
The applicant must be a citizen of the United States
Persons who, at the time of their employment as armed security officers, are also sworn police officers in good standing of any unit of local government and who have completed within one year of their employment as sworn police officers a basic training course of at least 400 hours duration at a school certified or recognized by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council are not required to be licensed by the Director in order to perform as armed security officers.
LMCO § 124.05(C)
Applicants shall be required to hold a valid license to carry a concealed deadly weapon (“CCDW”) pursuant to KRS 237.110. The applicant must provide proof from the Commonwealth of Kentucky that he or she has a valid CCDW, and shall continue to hold such license at all times licensed as an Armed Security Officer.
CCDW is now an ONLINE Process. To carry a concealed deadly weapon, complete the application process at: Concealed Carry Licensing Portal
§ 124.02 (D) At all times while on duty or otherwise working as an armed security officer, every armed security officer shall carry a valid license, and such license shall be subject to inspection by any police officer or by any other person designated by the Director.
LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(d)
An applicant shall not have been convicted of or currently under indictment for any of the following: a felony; illegally using, carrying or possessing a deadly weapon as defined in KRS 500.080(4); impersonation of a law enforcement officer or employee of the United States or any political subdivision thereof; the illegal use, sale or possession of a controlled substance as defined in KRS Chapter 218A; or any crime of moral turpitude.
LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(f)
An applicant shall have not been hospitalized for drug or alcohol abuse treatment within the past two years, and if so hospitalized, will provide a written statement from a licensed and qualified physician or clinical psychologist verifying that he or she is mentally and emotionally fit for the duties of an armed security officer.
LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(e)
An applicant shall have not been adjudged mentally incompetent or currently under charge thereof, by a federal court or court of any state or political subdivision, and shall have not been hospitalized for psychiatric treatment within the past two years, and if so hospitalized, will provide a written statement from a licensed and qualified physician or clinical psychologist verifying that he or she is mentally and emotionally fit for the duties of an armed security officer;
An application must include an affidavit certfying that e that there is no pending, nor has there ever been a mental inquest taken out against . I further state that there is not now pending nor
has there ever been any action challenging his/her mental competency.
700 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Attn: Disability/Mental Inquest
Telephone: (502) 595-3261 / After hours: (502) 595-4587
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
LMCO § 124.05(A)(3)(d)
An applicant shall not have been convicted of or currently under indictment for any of the following: a felony; illegally using, carrying or possessing a deadly weapon as defined in KRS 500.080(4); impersonation of a law enforcement officer or employee of the United States or any political subdivision thereof; the illegal use, sale or possession of a controlled substance as defined in KRS Chapter 218A; or any crime of moral turpitude. An applicant shall have satisfied this requirement, if in those instances where the foregoing offense was a misdemeanor, conviction occurred at least two years prior to application for the license; or, in those instances where the offense was a felony, the applicant has been granted a pardon or has had his or her civil rights restored and has been specifically authorized to possess a firearm by means of relief granted by the United States Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to the Federal Gun Control Act of 1960, as amended;
In order to receive a license as an armed security officer, an applicant must successfully
complete a course from a training program having a curriculum including the following subjects:
• Orientation (introduction to the course) and note taking
• Fire prevention and control
• Legal basis for security and rights of security officers, limitations (particularly with respect to the use of firearms)
• Basic law pertaining to criminal justice and the Kentucky Penal Code
• Criminal law and security officer arrest, force, search and seizure
• Report writing
• Crowd control
• First aid and special problems
• Defensive tactics, alternatives to the use of firearms
• Firearms qualification
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KRS § 205.712
The cabinet for Health and Family Services shall determine the name of an obligor owing an arrearage and shall indefinitely deny, suspend, or revoke a license or certification that has been issued if the person has a child support arrearage that equals or exceeds the amount that would be owed after six (6) months of nonpayment or fails, after receiving appropriate notice, to comply with subpoenas or warrants relating to paternity or child support proceedings as provided by 42 U.S.C. sec. 666(a)(16). The cabinet shall forward the name of the individual to a board of licensure or board of certification for the notification of the denial, revocation, or suspension of a driver’s license, professional license or certification, occupational license or certification, recreational license, or sporting license.