Indiana: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Indiana

Legislation/Source:

Indiana Code Title 25 Professions and Occupations and 35 Criminal Law and Procedure
Article 30 Private Investigator Firms, Security Guards, and Polygraph Examiners

Article 47 Weapons and instruments of Violence
Chapter 2. Regulation of Handguns

Authorizing Department

Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: (317) 234-3040
Fax: (317) 233-4236
Email: pla11@pla.in.gov

Official Website

 

Firearms License Unit
Information Technology section
Criminal Justice Data Division
Indiana State Police
Indiana Government Center North
100 N. Senate Avenue, Suite N302
Indianapolis IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-8264

Official Website

 

 

Licensure and License Fees

In Indiana, only security businesses are subject to licensure. It is the licensee’s responsibility to oversee their unarmed and armed employees. According to the Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board Laws and Regulations section IC 25-30:

IC 25-30-1-3  Necessity of license:

     Sec. 3. It shall be unlawful for a person to:

(1) engage in business as a private investigator firm;

(2) solicit or advertise for business as a private investigator firm; or

(3) represent or hold the person out as a private investigator firm;

unless the person is licensed as a private investigator firm under this chapter and complies with this chapter and rules adopted under this chapter.

IC 25-30-1-11  Employees of licensee:

Sec. 11. (a) A licensee may employ, to assist the licensee in the licensee’s business as a private investigator firm, as many unlicensed persons as may be necessary. The licensee is civilly responsible for the good conduct of all employees while the unlicensed persons are acting on behalf of the licensee.

(b) A licensee shall maintain a record, relative to the licensee’s employees, containing the following information:

(1) A picture taken within thirty (30) days of the date that the employee commences employment with the licensee.

(2) A full set of fingerprints of both hands of the employee.

(c) A licensed private investigator firm shall, at the board’s request, provide the board with a roster of all unlicensed individuals employed by the private investigator firm.

See: Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board

ARMED:

The legislation regulating the private security business does not mention any requirements for armed employees. Hence, in order to become an armed security officer, a firearms license is required.

Firearms Handgun Licensing Application Fees  (Effective July 1, 2021):

Five Year Personal Protection
Local Fee $0
State Fee $0

Lifetime Personal Protection
Local Fee $0
State Fee $0

Retired Law Enforcement Officer:  Fee Exempt
Retired Law Corrections Officer: Fee Exempt
Duplicate $20.00 State fee

Additional Fees:  All NEW license applications incur a $12.95 fee for IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting.  Additionally, ALL license applications incur an IN.gov processing fee of $1.00 plus 2% of the transaction amount added to the price of the service.

Indiana has recently implemented a new electronic web portal for hand gun licensing.
See: Apply for a New License to Carry

See: Indiana State Police – Firearms Licensing

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

Indiana requires an in-state license in the matter of security services. The Regulation states:

IC 25-30-1-14
Nonresidents Sec. 14. It shall be unlawful for a person licensed by any other state to do business in Indiana unless the person is licensed and authorized to do business in Indiana. A person may not do business in Indiana until the person is licensed with the board and meets the requirements for licensees of this state.

Age Requirements

UNARMED:  No baseline requirement for unarmed.

ARMED:  Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
See: IC 35-47-2-3(g)(3)

Citizenship

UNARMED:  No baseline requirement

ARMED:

Applicant must be:
(A)   a citizen of the United States; or

(B)   not a citizen of the United States but is allowed to carry a firearm in the United States under federal law;  Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens, including permanent residents, shall only be issued a 5 year handgun license.

See: IC 35-47-2-3(e)(4)

Experience

No baseline requirement

Exemptions

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED:  Retired law enforcement and retired corrections officers can apply for a retired law enforcement and retired corrections officer license card instead of a handgun license.
See: Indiana State Police – Firearms Licensing

Permit Required

UNARMED:  No baseline requirement

ARMED:  A firearms license is required

Effective July 1, 2022, Indiana will have a permitless carry option providing you meet the criteria of a proper person under Indiana law. If you choose to carry under the permitless option, it is recommended that you speak to an attorney to determine your personal compliance with IC 35- 47-2-1.5 prior to carrying a handgun under this new law. You may still apply for a lifetime or 5 year firearms permit and the Indiana State Police will conduct the necessary checks to determine if you are a proper person under Indiana statute. For more information on permitless carry click the following link Permitless Carry Information.

Requirement to carry an ID card

No baseline requirement

Moral Character

No baseline requirement

Fingerprint

UNARMED:  No baseline requirement

ARMED: The applicant has to submit one (1) set of legible and classifiable fingerprints to the superintendent.
See: IC 35-47-2-3(c)

The ISP Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Section has partnered with IDEMIA to provide electronic applicant fingerprinting to better serve the needs of Indiana Citizens.  Fingerprinting service centers have been established throughout Indiana to take Applicant Fingerprints for Electronic submission to ISP for Processing.  All criminal history processing will be performed by ISP Personnel;  No criminal history information will be available to IDEMIA.

Substance Abuse

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED: Applicant cannot have a record of being an alcohol or drug abuser.
See: IC 35-47-1-7(5)

Mental Health

UNARMED: No baseline requirement

ARMED: Indiana has been criticized for its lack of oversight on handguns permits and its correlation to mental and emotional health problems. The code allows the superintendent of the state police to deny a license for discretionary reasons which does not preclude mental health. In addition, the actual application asks for mental health history. In the most general sense, the Indiana code provisions dealing with application procedures references that an applicant must be a “proper person” which directly references mental health qualities using the following language:

(6) does not have documented evidence which would give rise to a reasonable belief that he has a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct.

See: IC 35-47-1-7

Criminal History Background Check

No baseline requirement

ARMED: Indiana state police, by and through its licensing unit, oversees all background investigations and is permitted by the Indiana code to solicit information from state, local and national sources for criminal checks.
See: Indiana Code Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure Article 47. Weapons and Instruments of Violence

Personal References

No baseline requirement

Training Requirements

No baseline requirement

Exam Requirement

No baseline requirement

Child Support

No baseline requirement

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