Maryland: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Maryland

Legislation/Source:

BUSINESS OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS TITLE 19. SECURITY GUARD AGENCIES AND SECURITY GUARD CERTIFICATION SUBTITLE 4. CERTIFICATION OF SECURITY GUARDS

Authorizing Department

Maryland State Police Licensing Division
Attn.: Licensing Services Section – Security Guard Agency Unit

1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone: (410) 653-4623
Email: msp.securityguard@maryland.gov

Official Website

Licensure and License Fees

Individuals applying for a State of Maryland Security Guard Certification, need to be employed or are seeking employment with a security provider licensed in the state. Hence, there are individual requirements coupled with employment. These requirements are posted throughout the template.

According to the Maryland State Police Fee Schedule:
$15.00   Fee for Security Guard Certification:
$32.75   Fee for fingerprints:
$47.75   Total fee
Fee for Renewal: $24.75 (every 3 years according to the Maryland State Police website)

See: A list of all fees for licensing applications

See: A presentation on the certification process

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

Maryland expressly does not permit out of state reciprocity.

See the FAQ’s for Security Guards at: Maryland Security Guard Certifications

Age Requirements

No age requirement listed

Citizenship

According to the Maryland State Police website, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or possess documentation that you are allowed to work in the U.S.

Experience

None required

Exemptions

None listed

Permit Required

None required

Requirement to carry an ID card

§ 19-406. Possession of certification card
(a)   In general.- At any time that a certified security guard provides a security guard service, the security guard shall carry the certification card issued under § 19-405 of this subtitle.

(b)   Display upon officer’s request.- On request of a law enforcement officer, a certified security guard shall show the security guard’s certification card.

§ 19-407. Badge; clearance card
(b)   Clearance card required.- Whenever a security guard is in uniform, the security guard shall clearly display and wear the clearance card issued by the Secretary which identifies the security guard.

Moral Character

§ 19-402. Qualifications and requirements.

(a)   In general.- To qualify for certification as a security guard, an individual shall:

(3) be of good moral character and reputation;

Fingerprint

All original applications require FBI and CJIS fingerprint submissions.

Substance Abuse

No baseline requirements

Mental Health

No baseline requirement

Criminal History Background Check

Background and criminal history checks are done by the Maryland State Police in conjunction with FBI review.

The Maryland State Police may deny certification as a security guard to any applicant:
  1.   if the applicant or individual fraudulently or deceptively obtains or attempts to obtain certification as a security guard ; OR
  2.   if, under the laws of the United States or of, any state, the applicant or individual plead(s) guilty or nolo contendre to or is convicted of (1) a felony; or (2) a misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or individual to be certified as a security guard.

See:Maryland State Police Website

Personal References

None

Training Requirements

None

Exam Requirement

N/A

Child Support

According to Maryland §10–119.3:
Any occupational or professional license or certification may be suspended for not paying child support

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