Nevada: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Nevada


Nevada Revised Statutes 648
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

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.

$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

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

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)


The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien with a work permit
See: NRS 648.1493(3)(b)(2)


The legislation does not specify this requirement.


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 registration work card 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)


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

No baseline requirement

Mental Health

No baseline requirement

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

Personal References

Not required

Training Requirements

No training is required for unarmed security officers, but there is a state exam that one must take online before applying for their registration work card

Exam Requirement

While there is no formal classroom training, 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

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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