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Security Guard


A security guard as defined in Article 7A of the General Business Law [§89-f (6)] is a person (other than an active police officer) employed in NYS to principally perform one or more of the following duties, and the person is not performing the functions of a private investigator as defined in Section 71 of Article 7 of the General Business Law:

-protection of persons and/or property from harm, theft, and/or unlawful activity;
-deterrence, observation, detection, and/or reporting unlawful or unauthorized activity;
-street patrol service;
-response to, but not installation or service of, a security system alarm.

Licensure Requirements:

The latest information and requirements for becoming a New York State Security Guard are available on the New York State Department of State website at:


$36 - Initial Application

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2015, there were 79,458 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of December 31, 2015, there were 165,593 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, New York 12201-2001
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648

Standard Occupational Classification:

33-9032 - Security Guards
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/21/16.

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