Unarmed Security Guard Training in New Mexico

February 10, 2013

To work as a security guard in New Mexico you must be licensed. There are 3 levels of licensing. A level 1 guard cannot carry arms. A level 2 guard can carry arms, but not firearms. These are described below. While security guards with level 3 training are considered armed guards and are described in Armed Security Guard Training in New Mexico.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • United States citizen
  • High school diploma or equivalent (level 2 and 3)
  • No felony or misdemeanors associated with violence, drugs, theft or fraud
  • Complete a certified training course for the level you wish to achieve (1, 2 or 3)

Training course

The level 1 training course is 8 hours and includes.

  • Legal training for security guards (4 hours)
  • Authority and responsibility of the security guard (2 hours)
  • Incident scene management and preservation (2 hours)

The level 2 training course requires that you have completed the level 1 course. It is 16 hours and includes.

  • Legal and practical aspects of use of force and personal/employer liability (8 hours)
  • Verbal and written communication and conflict management (6 hours)
  • First responder basic first aid (2 hours)
  • Specific weapon endorsement

Application process

In order to become a licensed security guard you must complete the Security Guard Registration application form and the fingerprint verification form found at http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Private_Investigations_Forms_and_Applications.aspx.

Before you complete the form make sure you have the follow.

  • 2 recent 2″ by 2″ Passport style photos
  • Certification for completing department approved training
  • A copy of your high school diploma (level 2 and 3)
  • Proof of age (birth certificate, driver’s license)
  • RLD Release of Information form and DPS Authorization for Release of Information form.
  • Completed department issued jurisprudence examination.
  • Weapons certification (level 2)
  • 2 completed fingerprint cards


There is a $15 fee for each level applied for and $44 fingerprinting fee.


New Mexico Board of Private Investigations

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