Indiana: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Indiana


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

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

Official Website

Licensure and License Fees

In Indiana, there is no requirement to obtain a security license in order to work as an unarmed security guard. However, according to the Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board Laws and Regulations section IC 25-30-1.3:

(a) A licensed firm that provides security services may employ, to assist the licensee in the licensee’s business as a security guard agency, as many unlicensed persons as necessary. The licensee is civilly responsible for the good conduct of all employees while the employees are acting on behalf of the licensee.

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

(1)   A picture taken within thirty (30) days after the date that an employee commences employment with the licensee.
(2)   A full set of fingerprints of both hands of each employee.

(c)   A licensee shall provide the board, at the board’s request, a roster of all unlicensed persons employed by the security guard agency.

See: Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board

While individuals working for a security agency need not be licensed to provide security services, the individuals employed by a security agency need to be internally tracked and listed and upon public request, provide that information.

Also note, Indiana allows private security entities to employ unlicensed parties but to also be responsible for their behavior and performance. See the Rule:

IC 25-30-1-11

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

No baseline requirement


No baseline requirement


No baseline requirement


No baseline requirement

Permit Required

No baseline requirement

Requirement to carry an ID card

No baseline requirement

Moral Character

No baseline requirement


No baseline requirement

Substance Abuse

No baseline requirement

Mental Health

No baseline requirement

Criminal History Background Check

No baseline requirement

Personal References

No baseline requirement

Training Requirements

No baseline requirement

Exam Requirement

No baseline requirement

Child Support

No baseline requirement

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