North Dakota: Unarmed Security Officers
Legislation and Details for North Dakota
North Dakota Century Code Title 43 Chapter 43-30 Investigative and Security Services
North Dakota Title 93-01 General Administration and Title 93-02-02.1 Private Security Services
In North Dakota, there is a difference between a registration and licensure. Licensure is given to agency- business firms and entities providing security services. Those entities provide oversight and supervision over security officer employees.
The employer registers their employees and follow the explicit requirements promulgated by the regulatory authority.
The regulatory Act states in part:
An individual providing private security services must obtain a license from the board to provide those services unless the individual is registered as an employee or independent contractor of an agency that is licensed under this chapter and is providing those services within the scope of the individual’s relationship with the agency. An agency is responsible for registering its employees and independent contractors under section 93-02-02.2-04. This section does not apply to individuals who are exempt from the board’s jurisdiction under North Dakota Century Code section 43-30-02.
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-02
93-02-02.1-04: REGISTRATION AS A SECURITY OFFICER
(2) An individual providing private security services as an employee or independent contractor of a private security agency who is not licensed to provide those services must have a registration from the board as an apprentice security officer, security officer, or commissioned security officer. The agency is responsible for obtaining registration for all of its employees and independent contractors.
(5) A registered employee or independent contractor may not provide private security services unless the employee or independent contractor is under the supervision of an individual who is licensed to provide private security services.
See also: North Dakota 43-30-05
A proprietary employer is a person who employs an individual to provide security for that person’s own property or protection. A proprietary employer is not required to be licensed as a private security service if the employer does not offer or provide security services to others. Proprietary security employees may be voluntarily registered as security officers under section 43-30-06. In order to be registered as a proprietary security officer, an employee must meet all of the requirements to be registered as a security officer except for:
1. Employment by a licensed private security service; and
2. Supervision by an individual who is licensed to provide security services
See: North Dakota 43-30-02.2
In North Dakota, there are three levels of potential registration, depending on training and experience.
The levels are: (see 93-02-02.1-05 through 93-02-02.1-07)
• APPRENTICE SECURITY OFFICER – 12 hours in-person, live remote, or online classroom instruction OR 12 hours of field service
• SECURITY OFFICER – 1000 hours field service & 32 hours in-person, live remote, or online classroom instruction
• COMMISSIONED SECURITY OFFICER – 3000 hours of private security service as a registered security officer, in addition to at least 1000 hours as an apprentice security officer, and complete an additional 80 hours of in-person or live remote classroom instruction
Temporary License or Registration:
43-30-05.1. Temporary license or registration. The board may issue a temporary license or registration upon payment of the required application fee and satisfaction of all other requirements set by the board for licensure or registration under this chapter except for completion of a nationwide criminal history record check on the applicant under section 43-30-06. A temporary license or registration issued under this section expires without further action by the board on the date the board receives the results of the nationwide criminal history record check on the applicant. An additional fee may not be charged for the temporary license or registration, but an application fee is not refundable if the board denies the application.
Also: See FAQ’s from PISB web site:
In order to receive a provisional registration card, the Agency must submit a clear North Dakota BCI record along with the application, prints, and fees to the NDPISB office. A provisional registration card is then issued and will be replaced with a permanent card when the federal and state records search is completed. The permanent card is based upon a clear record from both authorities. If the records reflect a deniable offense or the failure to disclose criminal activity, a denial wilHow can I become a security trainer or armed instructor?l be issued. Provisional cards cannot be issued to potential license holders.
ARMED: See 93-02-02.1-08.
Possession and use of firearms in the course of providing private security services:
It is unlawful for any individual, including agency personnel, to carry a firearm while providing security services unless the individual carrying the firearm:
1. Is in compliance with all existing state and federal laws governing weapons of firearms, including certification and licensing when necessary;
2. Has completed the same requirements for firearms as is required for North Dakota peace officers;
3. Achieved at least the rank of security officer and been issued an armed private security certificate.
Fees (effective 10-1-22)
$30 Registration Fee
$41.25 Criminal Background Check
$30 Armed certification fee
See: Application Form 1
According to the PISB FAQ: North Dakota does not have reciprocity with any other jurisdiction.
UNARMED and ARMED: The applicant must be 18 years old
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(1)
The legislation does not mention this requirement. However, the application and background check require the submission of a Social Security Number.
See: Application Form 1
According to the State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board, there are three levels of security officers in North Dakota:
• Apprentice security officer (12 hours classroom instruction OR 12 hours of field service)
• Security officer (1000 hours field service & 32 hours classroom instruction)
• Commissioned security officer (4000 hours field service & 80 hours classroom instruction)
All applicants must be a high school graduate or hold an equivalent of a high school diploma.
See: North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(2)
North Dakota Century Code section 43-30-02 provides a detailed list of occupations and professions not covered under the chapter.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-10:
The State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board may waive part of or all of any training or experience requirements for individuals licensed or registered by the board based upon equivalent training or experience in any combination of the following: private security or private investigation in another state with equal or similar requirements; law enforcement in any jurisdiction with equal or similar requirements; military security; proprietary security, provided that equal or similar requirements for training as required by this chapter were met; or equivalent training in any educational institution in relevant subject matters.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-14
1. To each individual licensed or registered by the board, the board shall issue a laminated pocket card. Each individual licensed or registered by the board shall have on that individual’s person, the pocket card issued while providing private security services.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(5):
Applicant must not have committed an act which the board determines is indicative of bad moral character and which has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to serve the public, including but not limited to offenses other than those listed in subsection three of this section.
According to the application the applicant must submit 2 sets of fingerprint cards with application.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01:
Applicant must not have been convicted or adjudged guilty in any jurisdiction of a crime involving controlled substances as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapter 19-03.1
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(4):
Applicant must be free of mental condition or defect, which would interfere with the individual’s ability to provide services in a professional and competent manner
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-01(3):
Applicant must not have been convicted or adjudged guilty in any jurisdiction of one of the following offenses or its equivalent in another jurisdiction, including juvenile adjudication that the individual has engaged in similar conduct: any felony; any class A or B misdemeanor involving an act of violence or intimidation as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapters 12.1-16 through 12.1-25 and chapter 12.1-31.2; including shoplifting, or any other offense which must be reported to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation under North Dakota Century Code section 12.1-32-15
Information on the Criminal History of the applicant is obtained from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
43-30-06. License and registration applications: As a requirement of receiving a license or registration, the board shall require each applicant to submit to a state and nationwide criminal history background record check. The nationwide criminal history background record check must be conducted in the manner provided in section 12-60-24. All costs associated with the criminal history background record check are the responsibility of the applicant. Criminal history records provided to the board pursuant to this section are confidential and closed to the public and may be used by the board for the sole purpose of determining an applicant’s eligibility for licensure and obtaining documentation to support a denial of licensure. A criminal history background record check is not required under this section if an applicant for registration has previously been the subject of a state and nationwide criminal history background record check, has held a registration issued by the board within the sixty days immediately preceding the application, and is applying for a new registration due solely to a change in employment. A nationwide criminal history background record check is not required under this section if an applicant for licensure or registration provides to the board the results of a nationwide criminal history background record check performed by the federal bureau of investigation at the request of another state and if the nationwide criminal history background record check was performed within the sixty days immediately preceding the date of the application. A state criminal history background record check is not required under this section if an applicant for registration provides to the board the results of a state criminal history background record check performed by the state in which the applicant currently resides and if the state criminal history background record check was performed within the sixty days immediately preceding the date of the application.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-05, In order to become an apprentice private security officer:
1. One must first start as an apprentice security officer:
An apprentice officer must complete, within thirty days after being registered with the board, a minimum of
twelve hours of classroom instruction relating to the provision of private security services or twelve hours
of field training. The field training must be supervised either by a security officer who has a minimum of two
thousand hours of active service in that grade or equivalent combination of training and experience as defined in
section 93-02-02.1-10 or by a commissioned security officer. The training must be at a ratio of no more than four trainees to one officer.
2. Until the apprentice private security officer has fulfilled the requirements in this section, the apprentice may
only provide private security services under the direct, onsite supervision of a security officer or commissioned security officer
employed by the private security agency.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-06, in order to rank up to a security officer:
An individual must provide a minimum of one thousand hours of private security service as a registered apprentice security officer and
complete an additional thirty-two hours of classroom instruction as required by the board.
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-07, in order to rank up as a commissioned security officer:
An individual must provide three thousand hours of private security service as a registered security officer,
in addition to at least one thousand hours as an apprentice security officer, and complete an additional eighty hours of
classroom instruction as required by the board.
The Certification of Training required for the application has to be issued by a Certified Training Officer and the licensed employer.
See: Certification of Training, Form 3
According to North Dakota 93-02-02.1-08:
In addition to being a security or commissioned security officer, it is unlawful for any individual, including agency personnel,
to carry a firearm while providing private security services unless the individual carrying the firearm:
• Is in compliance with all existing state and federal laws governing weapons or firearms, including certification and licensing when necessary.
• Has completed the same requirements for firearms training as is required for North Dakota peace officers. However, if the individual fails
the written examination or shooting course twice, the individual must wait at least thirty days to retake the failed portion, and if the
individual fails the written examination or shooting course a third time, the individual must wait a full year before retaking the written examination or shooting course.
Additionally, the application states that one must complete the firearms training required by the State of North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board,
and one must complete the firearms training as required by the North Dakota peace officers.
ARMED: The applicant must pass the weapons exam.
See: Side Arm Certification Form
According to N.D. Cent. Code §14-08.1-06:
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