North Carolina: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for North Carolina

Legislation/Source:

North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS)
Chapter 74C – Private Protective Services
and
North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC)
Title 14B – Public Safety
Chapter 16 – Private Protective Services Board

Authorizing Department


North Carolina Private Protective Services Board
3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-788-5320
Fax: 919-788-5365
Email: PPSASL@ncdps.gov

Official Website

Licensure and License Fees

North Carolina has established a Private Protective Services Board and a corresponding Licensing Unit to oversee the various categories of security licensees and registrants. North Carolina licenses agencies and entities that provide security services, whether in individual or corporate or other business form. These licensees must register their security officer employees with the Board.
See: NCGS § 74C-11(a)

North Carolina requires licensed security businesses to register their security officer employees and at the same time permits an individual to apply for a license to offer security officer services. Hence, the data below will include both avenues since there is substantial crossover in these designations.

See: A full description of the registration process and its requirements

North Carolina has implemented an online system of application for licensure. See the particulars at:
Online License Application

Unarmed Proprietary Security Guards are exempt from the requirement to register with the Board.
See: NCGS §74C-3

I. Employee Registration
Fees according to 14B NCAC 16 .0702
$30 non refundable initial registration fee;
$30 annual renewal fee

Fees can only be paid through credit card or other forms of electronic funds transfer. There is a $4 convenience fee per transaction.

See: Unarmed Employee Registration Application

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

North Carolina has limited reciprocity with seven states but only as to private investigators.

See: Private Investigator Reciprocal Agreements

Age Requirements

According to 14B NCAC 16 .0703(1)
The applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

Citizenship

14B NCAC 16 .0703(2)
An applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien

Experience

Not required

Exemptions

NCGS 74C – 3(b)
“Private protective services” shall not include any of the following:
 (2)  An officer or employee of the United States, this State, or any political subdivision of either while the officer or employee is engaged in the performance of his or her official duties within the course and scope of his or her employment with the United States, this State, or any political subdivision of either.
 (3)  A person engaged exclusively in the business of obtaining and furnishing information as to the financial rating or credit worthiness of persons; and a person who provides consumer reports.
  (13)   A person who works regularly and exclusively as an employee of an employer in connection with the business affairs of that employer. If the employee is an armed security guard and wears, carries, or possesses a firearm in the performance of the employee’s duties, the provisions of G.S. 74C-13 apply
 (14)  An employee of a security department of a private business that conducts investigations exclusively on matters internal to the business affairs of the business.

Please see NCGS 74C – 3 for additional exemptions.

Permit Required

Not required

Requirement to carry an ID card

A licensed employer may not employ an unarmed security guard in a regular position unless the guard has a registration card issued by the Board.
See: NCGS §74C-11(b)

The registration identification card shall be carried by the registrant when performing the duties of a private protective services employee.

See: 14B NCAC 16 .0705(a)

Moral Character

An applicant for registration shall be of good moral character and temperate habits.
See: 14B NCAC 16 .0703(3)

Fingerprint

An application must include one set of classifiable fingerprints on an applicant fingerprint card
See: 4B NCAC 16 .0701(a)(1)

The card can be obtained at the Private Protective Services office, or upon request it will be mailed.

Substance Abuse

Any of the following within the last five years shall be prima facie evidence that the applicant does not have good moral character or temperate habits: conviction by any local, state, federal, or military court of any crime involving the illegal use, carrying, or possession of a firearm, conviction of any crime involving the illegal use, possession, sale, manufacture, distribution, or transportation of a controlled substance, drug, narcotic, or alcoholic beverage , conviction of a crime involving felonious assault or an act of violence; conviction of a crime involving unlawful breaking and/or entering, burglary, larceny, any offense involving moral turpitude, or a history of addiction to alcohol or a narcotic drug, provided that, for purposes of (3) of this Rule, “conviction” means and includes the entry of a pleas of guilty, plea of no contest, or a verdict of guilty.
See: 14B NCAC 16 .0703(3)

Mental Health

An applicant for registration shall not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by reason of mental disease or defect, or not have been involuntarily committed to an institution for treatment of mental disease or defect by a district court judge. When an individual has been treated and found to have been restored by a psychiatrist, the Board will consider this evidence and determine whether the applicant meets the requirements of this Paragraph
See: 14B NCAC 16 .0703(4)

Criminal History Background Check

I. Employee Registrant (14B NCAC 16 .0703(3)) and
II. Individual Licensee (NCGS 74C – 8(d)(2)):

Any of the following within the last five years shall be prima facie evidence that the applicant does not have good moral character or temperate habits: conviction by any local, state, federal, or military court of any crime involving the illegal use, carrying, or possession of a firearm,
conviction of any crime involving the illegal use, possession, sale, manufacture, distribution, or transportation of a controlled substance, drug, narcotic, or alcoholic beverage, conviction of a crime involving felonious assault or an act of violence; conviction of a crime involving unlawful breaking and/or entering, burglary, larceny, any offense involving moral turpitude, or
a history of addiction to alcohol or a narcotic drug, provided that, for purposes of (3) of this Rule, “conviction” means and includes the entry of a pleas of guilty, plea of no contest, or a verdict of guilty.

The records search is conducted by PPSBCheck.com in each county/state where the applicant has resided since the age of 18. The criminal record check must not be over sixty (60) days old when received in the Administrative office. You may order your criminal record check via the internet at www.PPSBcheck.com or call 1-877-272-0266, ext 1029. A DD214 is acceptable for military if time was served overseas with an APO/FPO address listed. If the applicant is still on active duty in the U.S. but has served time overseas, a letter from his/her Commanding Officer will be necessary, stating that the applicant had no criminal record during the overseas tour of duty.
See: Registration Procedures

The Board conducts a background check utilizing sources of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
$38 Fingerprint check fee applies

North Carolina now has on online portal for initiating and completing the criminal record check.
See: Online Criminal Record Checks

Personal References

Not required.

Training Requirements

I. Employee Registrant
14B NCAC 16 .0707

(a)  Applicants for an unarmed security guard registration shall complete a basic training course for unarmed security guards within 30 days from the date of permanent hire. The course shall consist of a minimum of 16 hours of classroom instruction including:
 (1)  The Security Officer in North Carolina — (minimum of one hour)
 (2)  Legal Issues for Security Officers — (minimum of three hours)
 (3)  Emergency Response — (minimum of three hours)
 (4)  Communications — (minimum of two hours)
 (5)  Patrol Procedures — (minimum of three hours)
 (6)  Note Taking and Report Writing — (minimum of three hours)
 (7)  Deportment — (minimum of one hour)
A minimum of four hours of classroom instruction shall be completed within 20 calendar days of a probationary or regular security guard being placed on a duty station. These four hours shall include The Security Officer in North Carolina and Legal Issues for Security Officers.

(c) The training shall be conducted by a Board certified unarmed security guard trainer.

See: Certificate format for completed training for the Unarmed Guard

The first four hours of unarmed guard training for unarmed guards must be provided within the first twenty (20) days of probationary or regular employment. The remaining twelve (12) hours must be completed within the first thirty (30) days of regular employment.
See: Registration Procedures

Exam Requirement

Not Required

Child Support

I. Employee Registrant

The rules are silent as to child support and the registered employee. However, the licensure applicant need comply with the following authority.

II. Individual Licensee
NCGS 50-13.12(b)
Upon a finding by the district court judge that the obligor is willfully delinquent in child support payments equal to at least one month’s child support, or upon a finding that a person has willfully failed to comply with a subpoena issued pursuant to a child support or paternity establishment proceeding, and upon findings as to any specific licensing privileges held by the obligor or held by the person subject to the subpoena, the court may revoke some or all of such privileges until the obligor shall have paid the delinquent amount in full, or, as applicable, until the person subject to the subpoena has complied with the subpoena.

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