State of Alabama Security Guard Requirements

Security Guard Requirements in Alabama

Unarmed Security Guard Requirements 

To become an unarmed security guard in Alabama, you must first have a license.

Alabama security guard licenses are issued for a two-year period and you have to take a yearly required refresher course as well.

In order to become an unarmed security guard in Alabama, you must:

  • Have a valid Alabama driver’s license.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Submit to a background check and fingerprints.
  • Not have any felony convictions or certain misdemeanor offenses.
  • Also, provide a social security number.

Unarmed security guard requirements in Alabama also include a training course at a state-certified training facility. You have to complete this training before applying for the license.

The training includes topics such as:

  • Training in legal and ethical issues
  • Use of limited force
  • Properly reporting to authorities
  • Written reports
  • Medical and fire emergencies
  • Crowd control
  • Detainment of suspects

Armed Security Guard Requirements 

There are a few additional requirements to become an armed security guard in Alabama. Applicants must already have two years of experience as an unarmed security guard. Besides that, you have to renew the armed security guard license annually.

If you want to become an armed security guard in Alabama, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Submit two passport-style photos.
  • Meet and maintain the requirements set and approved by the board.
  • Take and pass the required examination and qualification.
  • Also, have a pistol permit issued by the sheriff of the county of residence.

There is also additional training to cover the state’s force laws, safe handling, storage of firearms, and more.

Fees increased by the Federal Government on January 1, 2019.

  • The fee for background checks will be $38.25.
  • Security Guard and Qualifying Agent license fee will be $88.25.

If you need further information about this topic, you may contact Experienced Security Guard Training Help Center. You may also check our FAQs section for finding answers to your questions.


Licensing Body: Alabama Security Regulatory Board