Nevada: Armed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Nevada

Legislation/Source:

Nevada Revised Statutes 648
and
Nevada Revised Statutes 202
and
Nevada Administrative Code 648

Authorizing Department

Nevada Private Investigator’s Licensing Board
3110 S. Durango Drive, Suite 203
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
Phone: (702) 486-3003
Fax: (702) 486-3009
Email: PILBinfo@ag.nv.gov
Official Website

Regional Branch Office:
704 W Nye Lane, Suite 203
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: (775) 687-3223
Fax: (775) 687-3226

 

Licensure and License Fees

In Nevada, only businesses are required to be licensed. Individual employees of security providers are required to be registered with the Board and must have a registration work card (PILB card) to be an unarmed security officer in Nevada.

NRS 648.060 License required to engage in or advertise business; registration required for employee of licensee
1.   Except as otherwise provided in NRS 253.220, no person may:

  (a)   Engage in the business of private investigator, private patrol officer, process server, repossessor, dog handler, security consultant, or polygraphic examiner or intern; or
(b)   Advertise his or her business as such, irrespective of the name or title actually used,
unless the person is licensed pursuant to this chapter.

2.   No person may be employed by a licensee unless the person is registered pursuant to this chapter. The provisions of this subsection do not apply to a person licensed pursuant to this chapter.

The Registration Work Card is valid for a period of 5 years.

Employees can only obtain an armed status once they were issued an unarmed permanent Work Card (PILB card).
Once the employee completes the armed training and receives a Certification of Completion, the firearm instructor submits the Verification of Employment Form to the Board.
It is the employer’s responsibility to send the employee to the armed training.
1.  A licensee or an employee who is registered pursuant to NRS 648.1493 may not carry any firearm while performing the duties for the type of business for which he or she is licensed or employed unless the licensee or employee:
(a) Is certified by the Board as a firearms instructor pursuant to subsection 2; or
(b) Has successfully completed and received certification from a course of training approved by the Board in carrying, handling and using firearms safely.
NAC §648.345

The applicant for an armed status needs to be employed by a licensee that is willing to sponsor the applicant to take the required firearm training course. The employer must add the applicant to their online roster and give the applicant a signed Verification of Employment Armed Security (VEAS) form to take to a Certified Firearm Instructor who administers the course.
See: Information on Armed Work Cards

Fees:
$85.00   Application Processing Fee OR $129.00   for rush processing of work card

$10.00   If fingerprints are provided on fingerprint cards or for out-of-state applicants

25$   Fee for reprinting the PILB Work Card to reflect the armed status

See: Application for the Registration Work Card (Paper Application)
See: Online Application Portal
See: Work Card Study Guide
See: Work Card Checklist

The Armed Work Card is valid for five years provided that the individual holder successfully qualifies every year during each of his or her designated qualification months on a course of fire that is given by a certified firearms instructor and is approved by the Board.
See: NAC 648.350(4)

Nevada does not regulate the permit or licensure process for open carry handguns. However, the state has strict laws on conceal carry weaponry which shall be featured in this section.

Nevada permits unlicensed employees to work on a provisional basis while awaiting final documentation.
In addition, the Nevada Administrative Code carves out a Board discretionary exemption for those employed in select occupations
The Rules states:

1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, a licensee may not employ an unlicensed person who is or becomes employed:
(a) As a peace officer, as defined in NRS 169.125;
(b) By a federal, state or local law enforcement agency; or
(c) In a position which makes the unlicensed person eligible to contribute to any public employees’ retirement system.

The Rules also allow the Board to grant an exemption to this if the Board is convinced that the private activities of the unlicensed person on behalf of the licensee would not create or tend to create:
(a) A conflict of interest with his or her responsibilities to the public employer and his or her duty to discharge them; or
(b) The possibility of a use of his or her position with the public employer for personal advantage in his or her private activities.

See: NAC 648.338 and 3385

 

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

Nevada allows an out of state licensee to work in Nevada if the following criteria are met:

1.  A private investigator, repossessor, private patrol officer, polygraphic examiner or process server who:
(a) Has been licensed and is in good standing in another state or a territory of the United States;
(b) Has begun activities for a client in a particular case in that jurisdiction; and
(c) Needs to continue the activities of that case in Nevada, may apply to the Executive Director of the Board for authorization to work on that case in Nevada. A licensee of the Board in the appropriate category must agree with the applicant to oversee the applicant’s work in this State and to obligate the licensee’s insurance for protection against liability to third persons to cover the applicant’s activities in this State.

2.  The application must include:
(a) Evidence of the applicant’s license and good standing in the other jurisdiction;
(b) A brief description of the type of work the applicant intends to do in this State;
(c) An estimate of the time necessary to accomplish the work; and
(d) A copy of an independent contractor agreement between the applicant and a licensee of the Board in the appropriate category.

3. If the application is in order, the Executive Director may authorize the described work for an appropriate period.

See: NAC 648.280

Age Requirements

The applicant must be at least 18 years of age
See: NRS 648.1493(3)(b)(1)

Citizenship

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien with a work permit
See: NRS 648.1493(3)(b)(2)
For registration of individual security officer, the regulations call for a natural person.

Experience

None required

Exemptions

According to NRS 202.350(4), the following persons are exempt from needing a concealed firearms permit:
•   Sheriffs, constables, marshals, peace officers, correctional officers employed by the Department of Corrections, special police officers, police officers of this State, whether active or honorably retired, or other appointed officers.
•   Any person summoned by any peace officer to assist in making arrests or preserving the peace while the person so summoned is actually engaged in assisting such an officer.
•   Any full-time paid peace officer of an agency of the United States or another state or political subdivision thereof when carrying out official duties in the State of Nevada.
•   Members of the Armed Forces of the United States when on duty.

According to NRS 202.350(5), the exemptions provided in subsection 4 do not include a former peace officer who is retired for disability unless his or her former employer has approved his or her fitness to carry a concealed weapon.

The Board does have discretion to exempt licensure in these narrow circumstances that allows unlicensed parties employed in
law enforcement, at the state, local or federal level, or select employees in the public retirement systems to work without a license.
See: NAC 648.338 and 3385

Permit Required

A firearms permit is not required. The armed guard PILB card allows the owner to carry a firearm while on duty unless that weapon is concealed in which case an issued permit from the Sheriff is required.

Requirement to carry an ID card

Upon the issuance of a registration, a pocket card of such size, design and content as may be determined by the Board will be issued without charge to each registered employee, and will be evidence that the employee is duly registered pursuant to this chapter.
See: NRS 648.1493(4)

The legislation does not specify the requirement to carry the pocket card while on duty.

Moral Character

The applicant must be of good moral character and temperate habits.
See: NRS 648.1493(3)(b)(3)

Fingerprint

A complete set of fingerprint cards or a receipt for electronically submitted fingerprints of the applicant must be submitted to the PILB- the Private Investigator’s Licensing Board.
See: NRS 648.1493(1)(c)

Fingerprints are required to be submitted to conduct a background investigation.
See: Fingerprinting Companies
See: Fingerprint instructions

Substance Abuse

According to NRS 202.3657(4)(d):

The applicant cannot have habitually used intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired.

Mental Health

According to NRS 202.3657(4)(b) and 202.3657(4)(c):

The applicant cannot have been judicially declared incompetent or insane or has been voluntarily or involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility during the immediately preceding 5 years.

Criminal History Background Check

The applicant must not have been convicted of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere to, a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude or the illegal use or possession of a dangerous weapon. The application also has the applicant to lists all arrests and if they are registered as a sex offender.
See: NRS 1493(3)(b)(4)

Fingerprints will be processed by the Nevada Criminal History Repository and the FBI.
See: NRS 648.203(2)

The application form requires the applicant to list all previous arrests, citations and orders to appear in court.
See: Application form

According to NRS 202.3657:
•   Has been convicted of a crime involving the use or threatened use of force or violence punishable as a misdemeanor under the laws of this or any other state, or a territory or possession of the United States at any time during the immediately preceding 3 years.
•   Has been convicted of a felony in this State or under the laws of any state, territory or possession of the United States.
•   Has been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence or stalking, or is currently subject to a restraining order, injunction or other order for protection against domestic violence.
•   Is currently on parole or probation from a conviction obtained in this State or in any other state or territory or possession of the United States.
•   Has, within the immediately preceding 5 years, been subject to any requirements imposed by a court of this State or of any other state or territory or possession of the United States, as a condition to the court’s:
•   Withholding of the entry of judgment for a conviction of a felony; or
•   Suspension of sentence for the conviction of a felony.
•   Has made a false statement on any application for a permit or for the renewal of a permit.

Personal References

Not required

Training Requirements

1.   Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, the minimum curriculum for a course of training in carrying, handling and using firearms safely that is taught for the purposes of NRS 648.030 must include instruction designed to teach:
(a) The legal and civil responsibilities of carrying, handling and using a firearm, including:
(1) The applicable federal and state laws and regulations and local governmental ordinances related to carrying, handling and using firearms and the use of deadly force.
(2) The civil and criminal liability related to carrying, handling and using firearms and the use of deadly force.
(3) The consequences and risks related to carrying, handling and using firearms and the use of deadly force.
(4) The elements of self-defense, using a weapon in self-defense and the use of force.
(5) Recent court decisions related to carrying, handling and using firearms and the use of deadly force.

(b) The terminology related to and the maintenance of different types of firearms and their related systems, including:
(1) The operational and mechanical systems and parts of a firearm and the related terminology.
(2) The types of ammunition and their ballistic properties and effective uses.
(3) The inspection, storage and general care of ammunition.
(4) The inspection, care, cleaning and maintenance of a firearm.

(c) Carrying, handling and using a firearm safely, including:
(1) The safe handling, use and storage of firearms when off duty.
(2) The safe transportation of a firearm.
(3) The appropriate methods of safely carrying a firearm while on duty.
(4) Safety and accessory equipment available to carry, handle and use a firearm safely.
(d) The fundamentals of safe handling and shooting of firearms, including:
(1) The fundamentals of operating a handgun.
(2) The general differences among handguns.
(3) The proper procedures and devices for loading, unloading and reloading a firearm.
(4) The fundamentals of shooting, such as the use of sights, sight picture and alignment, control of the trigger, breathing and firing in a single or double action.
(5) Proper techniques for gripping a handgun and shooting positions.
(6) Procedures for drawing and reholstering a firearm and techniques for retaining a firearm.
(7) The various positions for shooting when standing or kneeling.
(8) The use of barricades or other forms of cover and alternate shooting positions.

(e) The preparation for shooting at a firing range, including:
(1) The location of the range.
(2) The equipment to be used at the range.
(3) The course of fire.
(4) Targets to be used.
(5) Commands at the range.

(6) Safety and etiquette at the range.
(f) Exercises to be used at a firing range and the practical use of a firearm at the firing range, including:
(1) The review of safety procedures and etiquette at the firing range and a safety inspection of all firearms, holsters and accessories.
(2) Practicing drawing and holstering.
(3) Dry firing, the manipulation of the trigger and follow through.
(4) The procedures for loading, unloading and reloading.
(5) Exercises for firing with live ammunition to practice proper shooting techniques while firing at targets with a firearm of the same type and caliber as the firearm the person will use while on duty.
(6) Qualifying with a course of fire established by the Board, using a firearm of the same type and caliber as the firearm the person will use while on duty. The course of fire must require firing at least 30 rounds of live ammunition with a passing score of 75 percent, and must include drawing and:
(I) Shooting 5 rounds of ammunition from a distance of 3 yards in 15 seconds using only the dominant hand;
(II) Transferring the firearm to the support hand and shooting 5 rounds of ammunition from a distance of 3 yards in 15 seconds using only the support hand;
(III) Shooting 5 rounds of ammunition while standing, reloading the firearm and shooting 5 rounds of ammunition while kneeling, from a distance of 7 yards in 30 seconds; and
(IV) Shooting 5 rounds of ammunition while standing, reloading the firearm and shooting 5 rounds of ammunition while kneeling, from a distance of 15 yards in 30 seconds, on a full-size B27-type target. The scoring areas on the target are the “X” in the center of the target, which receives a score of 10, and the 10, 9, 8 and 7 rings. Any hits outside of such areas do not receive a score.
See: NAC 648.346(1)

Exam Requirement

In order to obtain the Work Card, registration requires passage of an examination.
The content of which includes a thorough understanding of core topics, and must include, without limitation:
•   Recognizing noncompliance with specific laws, including, without limitation, NRS 171.126, 199.310, 199.430,
207.200, 648.013, 648.016, subsection 5 of NRS 648.030, NRS 648.060, 648.063, subsections 1, 2 and 3 of NRS 648.140,
NRS 648.160, 648.200 and 648.203;
•   Recognizing noncompliance with specific regulations, including, without limitation, subsection 3 of
NAC 648.334, NAC 648.338 and subsection 5 of NAC 648.431;
•   General rights of citizens;
•   Powers of arrest; and
•   Limits of authority.

See: NAC 648.342
See: Work Card Exam Study Guide
See: Work Card Exam

In addition, armed applicants must:
6)   Qualifying with a course of fire established by the Board, using a firearm of the same type and caliber as the firearm the person will use while on duty. The course of fire must require firing at least 30 rounds of live ammunition with a passing score of 75 percent, and must include drawing and:
(I) Shooting 5 rounds of ammunition from a distance of 3 yards in 15 seconds using only the dominant hand;
(II) Transferring the firearm to the support hand and shooting 5 rounds of ammunition from a distance of 3 yards in 15 seconds using only the support hand;
(III) Shooting 5 rounds of ammunition while standing, reloading the firearm and shooting 5 rounds of ammunition while kneeling, from a distance of 7 yards in 30 seconds; and
(IV) Shooting 5 rounds of ammunition while standing, reloading the firearm and shooting 5 rounds of ammunition while kneeling, from a distance of 15 yards in 30 seconds.
See: NAC 648.346(1)(f)

Child Support

1.   In addition to any other requirements set forth in this chapter, a natural person who applies for the issuance or renewal of a license or registration issued pursuant to this chapter shall submit to the Board the statement prescribed by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services of the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to NRS 425.520. The statement must be completed and signed by the applicant.

3.    A license or registration may not be issued or renewed by the Board pursuant to this chapter if the applicant is a natural person who:
(a)   Fails to submit the statement required pursuant to subsection 1; or
(b)   Indicates on the statement submitted pursuant to subsection 1 that the applicant is subject to a court order for the support of a child and is not in compliance with the order or a plan approved by the district attorney or other public agency enforcing the order for the repayment of the amount owed pursuant to the order.
See: NRS 648.085

1.   If the Board receives a copy of a court order issued pursuant to NRS 425.540 that provides for the suspension of all professional, occupational and recreational licenses, certificates and permits issued to a person who is the holder of a license or registration issued pursuant to this chapter, the Board shall deem the license or registration issued to that person to be suspended at the end of the 30th day after the date on which the court order was issued unless the Board receives a letter issued to the holder of the license or registration by the district attorney or other public agency pursuant to NRS 425.550 stating that the holder of the license or registration has complied with the subpoena or warrant or has satisfied the arrearage pursuant to NRS 425.560.
See: NRS 648.158

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