License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Security Guard



Highlights

License required in 37 states
73rd most burdensome licensing requirements
25th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Security guards guard, patrol or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence or infractions of rules.

Summary

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia require security guards to obtain licenses, making security guard the 25th most widely and
onerously licensed occupation. Requirements are relatively consistent across states. Most states charge aspiring security guards a fee
averaging $89 and establish a minimum age of 18. Twenty-four states have some education and training requirement, usually fewer than 10 days, though North Dakota requires 241 days and Michigan three years.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Michigan $200 1,095 0 12 25
2 North Dakota $70 241 0 12 18
3 Louisiana $0 2 2 12 18
4 Texas $58 7 2 0 18
5 Maine $400 0 0 0 18
5 Rhode Island $400 0 0 0 18
7 Oklahoma $66 9 1 0 18
8 Washington $111 2 1 0 18
9 Tennessee $70 1 1 0 18
10 South Carolina $65 1 1 0 18
11 Alaska $104 11 0 0 18
12 New Jersey $153 5 0 0 18
13 New Mexico $45 1 1 0 18
14 Florida $87 9 0 0 18
15 Utah $95 5 2 0 0
16 New York $141 1 0 0 18
17 West Virginia $150 0 0 0 18
18 Vermont $50 9 0 0 18
19 Georgia $70 6 0 0 18
20 California $106 0 0 0 18
21 Connecticut $94 1 0 0 18
22 Illinois $55 5 0 0 18
23 Oregon $100 0 0 0 18
24 Arkansas $81 1 0 0 18
25 Arizona $74 1 0 0 18
26 Virginia $50 3 0 0 18
27 Delaware $69 0 0 0 18
27 Wisconsin $69 0 0 0 18
29 Nevada $0 2 0 0 21
30 Montana $57 0 0 0 18
31 Washington, D.C. $54 0 0 0 18
32 North Carolina $25 2 0 0 18
33 Minnesota $0 2 0 0 18
34 Iowa $10 0 0 0 18
35 Maryland $52 0 0 0 0
36 Ohio $50 0 0 0 0
37 New Hampshire $20 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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