North Dakota: Armed Security Officers
Legislation and Details for North Dakota
North Dakota Century Code Title 43 Chapter 43-30 Investigative and Security Services
North Dakota Title 93-01 General Administration and Title 93-02-02.1 Private Security Services
In North Dakota, there is a difference between a registration and licensure. Licensure is given to agency- business firms and entities providing security services. Those entities provide oversight and supervision over security officer employees.
The employer registers their employees and follow the explicit requirements promulgated by the regulatory authority.
The regulatory Act states in part:
93-02-02.1-04: REGISTRATION AS A SECURITY OFFICER
(2) An individual providing private security services as an employee or independent contractor of a private security agency who is not licensed to provide those services must have a registration from the board as an apprentice security officer, security officer, or commissioned security officer. The agency is responsible for obtaining registration for all of its employees and independent contractors.
(5) A registered employee or independent contractor may not provide private security services unless the employee or independent contractor is under the supervision of an individual who is licensed to provide private security services.
In North Dakota, there are three levels of potential registration, depending on training and experience.
The levels are:
• APPRENTICE SECURITY OFFICER – 12 hours classroom instruction OR 12 hours of field service
• SECURITY OFFICER – 1000 hours field service & 32 hours classroom instruction
• COMMISSIONED SECURITY OFFICER – 4000 hours field service & 80 hours classroom instruction
The applicant for a commissioned security registration must at least have the rank of a Security Officer and been issued an armed private security certificate.
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-08(3)
Armed Personnel – Possession and use of firearms in the course of providing private security services:
It is unlawful for any individual, including agency personnel, to carry a firearm while providing security services unless the individual carrying the firearm:
1. Is in compliance with all existing state and federal laws governing weapons of firearms, including certification and licensing when necessary;
2. Has completed the same requirements for firearms as is required for North Dakota peace officers;
3. Achieved at least the rank of security officer and been issued an armed private security certificate.
$25 Registration Fee
$100 Application and Testing Fee
$40 Criminal Background Check
See: Application Form 1
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(1)
Must be a U.S. citizen
According to the State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board, in order to be an armed security officer a person must first be a security officer.
Commissioned security officer must have 4000 hours field service and 80 hours classroom instruction.
All applicants must be a high school graduate or have hold an equivalent of a high school diploma.
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(2)
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-10:
The State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board may waive part of or all of any training or experience requirements for individuals licensed or registered by the board based upon equivalent training or experience in any combination of the following: private security or private investigation in another state with equal or similar requirements; law enforcement in any jurisdiction with equal or similar requirements; military security; proprietary security, provided that equal or similar requirements for training as required by this chapter were met; or equivalent training in any educational institution in relevant subject matters.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-14
1. To each individual licensed or registered by the board, the board shall issue a laminated pocket card. Each individual licensed or registered by the board shall have on that individual’s person, the pocket card issued while providing private security services.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(5):
Applicant must not have committed an act which the board determines is indicative of bad moral character and which has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to serve the public, including but not limited to offenses other than those listed in subsection three of this section.
According to the application:
The applicant must submit 2 sets of fingerprint cards with application.
Fingerprint cards attached to the application must be filled out correctly including the following codes:
– The “Reason Fingerprinted” must say “NDCC 43-30-06”.
– The “ORI” must say “ND920130Z, NDPISB, Bismarck, ND”.
You must use blue print cards.
See Fingerprint Verification Form
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(4):
Applicant must not have been convicted or adjudged guilty in any jurisdiction of a crime involving controlled substances as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapter 19-03.1
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01:
Applicant must be free of mental condition or defect, which would interfere with the individual’s ability to provide services in a professional and competent manner
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01<(3):
Applicant must not have been convicted or adjudged guilty in any jurisdiction of one of the following offenses or its equivalent in another jurisdiction, including juvenile adjudication that the individual has engaged in similar conduct: any felony; any class A or B misdemeanor involving an act of violence or intimidation as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapters 12.1-16 through 12.1-25 and chapter 12.1-31.2; including shoplifting, or any other offense which must be reported to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation under North Dakota Century Code section 12.1-32-15
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-05, In order to become an apprentice private security officer:
1. one must first start as an apprentice security officer:
An apprentice officer must complete, within thirty days after being registered with the board, a minimum of
twelve hours of classroom instruction relating to the provision of private security services or twelve hours
of field training. The field training must be supervised either by a security officer who has a minimum of two
thousand hours of active service in that grade or equivalent combination of training and experience as defined in
section 93-02-02.1-10 or by a commissioned security officer. The training must be at a ratio of no more than four trainees to one officer.
2. Until the apprentice private security officer has fulfilled the requirements in this section, the apprentice may
only provide private security services under the direct, onsite supervision of a security officer or commissioned security officer
employed by the private security agency.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-06, in order to rank up to a security officer:
An individual must provide a minimum of one thousand hours of private security service as a registered apprentice security officer and
complete an additional thirty-two hours of classroom instruction as required by the board.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-07, in order to rank up as a commissioned security officer:
An individual must provide three thousand hours of private security service as a registered security officer,
in addition to at least one thousand hours as an apprentice security officer, and complete an additional eighty hours of
classroom instruction as required by the board.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-08:
In addition to being a security or commissioned security officer, it is unlawful for any individual, including agency personnel,
to carry a firearm while providing private security services unless the individual carrying the firearm:
• Is in compliance with all existing state and federal laws governing weapons or firearms, including certification and licensing when necessary.
• Has completed the same requirements for firearms training as is required for North Dakota peace officers. However, if the individual fails
the written examination or shooting course twice, the individual must wait at least thirty days to retake the failed portion, and if the
individual fails the written examination or shooting course a third time, the individual must wait a full year before retaking the written examination or shooting course.
Additionally, the application states that one must complete the firearms training required by the State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board,
and one must complete the firearms training as required by the North Dakota peace officers.
The applicant must pass the weapons exam.
See: Side Arm Certification Form
According to N.D. Cent. Code §14-08.1-06:
North Dakota can suspend any occupational or professional license for failure to pay child support
• Application overview
• Application Form 1 (PDF)
• Form 2: Personal Authorization for Criminal History Inquiry (PDF)
• Form 3: Certification of Training (PDF)
• Page 5: Side Arm Certification (PDF)
• North Dakota Eligibility and Licensing Requirements for Security Providers