Oklahoma: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Oklahoma

Legislation/Source:

Oklahoma Statutes Title 59- Professions and Occupations §1750.1 through §1750.14
and
Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) Title 390 Chapter 35

Alerts / Recent Developments

Beginning November 1, 2022, unarmed security officers will be allowed to work for 45 days while their “conditional” license application is being processed.

Authorizing Department

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET)
2401 Egypt Road
Ada, Oklahoma 74820-0669
Phone: (405) 239-5100
Fax: (405) 239-5182

Official Website

Licensure and License Fees

In Oklahoma no person may be employed or operate as a security guard until a license therefor has been issued by CLEET.
See: 59 OK Stat §59-1750.4

An individual has to be employed or contracted by a security agency to perform the duties of a security guard.

See: 59 OK Stat §59-1750.2.7

Proprietary security guards are exempt from the requirement of licensure.
See: 59 OK Stat §59-1750.2.7.a

Fees:
$91   License fee consisting of $50 application and $41 fingerprint fee

A license is valid for three years.
See: 59 OK Stat §59-1750.6.4.C
The cost for renewal is $50

The Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training published an application checklist

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

 

Age Requirements

According to 59 OK Stat §59-1750.5.H.2:

The applicant must be at least 18 years of age

Citizenship

According to 59 OK Stat §59-1750.5.H.1

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States or an alien legally residing in the United States.

Experience

Not Required

Exemptions

According to Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) § 390:35-5-5:

If a peace officer who is ordinarily exempt from licensing chooses to become licensed as a security guard or private investigator shall comply with 59 O.S. Section 1750.1 et seq., and these rules in all respects.

Permit Required

Not Required

Requirement to carry an ID card

According to OAC §390:35-5-9
(a)   An identification card shall be issued to all licensees. This card shall clearly indicate that the licensee is authorized by the State of Oklahoma to conduct business as a security guard, armed security guard, or private investigator, or armed private investigator.

Each security guard, armed security guard, or private investigator licensed pursuant to this act shall carry a valid driver license or state-issued photo identification card and an identification card issued by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training at all times while on duty as a security guard.
See: 59 OK Stat §59-1750.9.A

Moral Character

According to 59 OK Stat §59-1750.5.H.4

The applicant must be of good moral character.

Fingerprint

According to Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) § 390:35-7-8(e)

Two sets of fingerprints must be submitted with the application. The applicant must provide CLEET and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation with individual fingerprints for a state and national criminal history records search.

Substance Abuse

According to 59 OK Stat §59-1750.5.H.7

The applicant must make a statement regarding any history of illegal drug use or alcohol abuse.

Mental Health

According to 59 OK Stat §59-1750.5.H.7

The applicant must make a statement whether the applicant is currently undergoing treatment for a mental illness, condition or disorder, as well as whether the applicant has been adjudicated incompetent or committed to a mental institution.

Applicants are required to authorize a mental health analysis.
See: Application Guide

Criminal History Background Check

According to 59 OK Stat §59-1750.5.H.5
the applicant must not have:

  •   A record of a felony conviction


  •   A record of conviction for larceny, theft, false pretense, fraud, embezzlement, false personation of an officer, any offense involving moral turpitude, any offense involving a minor as a victim, any nonconsensual sex offense, any offense involving the possession, use, distribution, or sale of a controlled dangerous substance, any offense involving a firearm, or any other offense as prescribed by the Council, as provided herein.

See: 59 OK Stat §59-1750.5.H.6



The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conduct background examinations for security guard applicants. Applicants may also have to provide criminal clearances from local police or sheriff departments verifying their criminal histories.

In addition, the CLEET lists disqualifying criminal offenses at Application for Appendix A (page 4)

Personal References

Not Required

Training Requirements

According to 59 OK Stat §59-1750.5.H.3

The applicant must successfully complete training requirements for the license applied for, as prescribed by CLEET.

Oklahoma is flexible on the program of study and the provider. CLEET encourages schooling from the association and professional groups as well as aligned occupations such as lawyers and district attorneys’ colleges both, public and private. Courses need to be approved; all schools, school coordinators, and instructors must be approved by CLEET.
See: OAR 390:35-15-2

Security guard license applicants must successfully complete the approved “Security Guard Training Course” consisting of:
  Phase 1 – “Basic” – A course of instruction related to general private security tasks (20 hours);
  Phase 2 – “Security Guard” – A course of instruction specifically related to the task of unarmed security guards (20 hours).
See: OAR 390:35-15-1

The applicant must have gone through 40 hours of training and pass an exam before applying for a security license.
Additionally, there is a continuing education requirement of 8 hours of training before renewing their license again.

See: An overview of requirements as to levels and time

Exam Requirement

According to OAR 390:35-7-8 (n)


The applicant is required to pass the Unarmed Security Guard Exam related to

Child Support

According to OS § 340:25-5-211.1:

A license may be revoked for failure to comply with a child support order

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