Unarmed Security Guard Training in West Virginia

March 28, 2013

A license is required to work as a security guard in West Virginia if you want to work as a sole proprietor, providing security guard services under your own name. Your are exempt from licensing if you are;

  • employed exclusively and regularly by only one employer in connection with that employer’s affairs
  • employed by one or more licensed security guard firms

Licensing is handled by the West Virginia Secretary of State. Before you can get licensed you must meet the following requirements.

Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Good moral character.
  • Mentally and emotionally stable.
  • No drug or alcohol dependencies.
  • No disqualifying felonies or criminal convictions.
  • Complete 18 hours of basic training.

Training

Training may include:

  • Role of Private Security
  • Legal Aspects
  • Patrol and Observation
  • Incident Response
  • Surveillance operation and documentation
  • Working with and addressing the public
  • First Aid

Maintenance

The license must be renewed annually.

Application process

Working as an employee for a licensed private security guard company requires you to gain employment with said company.

Applying for a license as a sole proprietor requires that you complete an application form. In addition you should make sure you have the following on hand:

  • An official West Virginia fingerprint card.
  • 2 recent passport style color photographs.
  • Completed surety bond form.
  • 5 character references from citizens who have known you for at least 5 years.
  • Copies of documents proving adequate training

The application must be submitted to the Secretary of State Licensing Division.

Fees

There is a $150 licensing fee for West Virginia residents and a $550 licensing fee for non-West Virginia residents. $50 of this fee is non-refundable in case your application is denied.

Resources

WVSOS: homepage
WVSOS: Security Guard Licensing
WVSOS: Eligibility & Requirements

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