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4 Simple Steps To Get Your Unarmed Security Guard Card

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the security services industry? Getting your unarmed security guard card in Arizona or Texas is a straightforward process that IPSA Security Services can guide you through. As one of the leading providers of unarmed security personnel in the state of Arizona and a growing presence in Texas, we want to share some helpful tips on how to obtain your guard card efficiently. 

The Unarmed Security Guard Requirements  

Before we dive into the step-by-step process, let’s go over the basic requirements set by the Arizona & Texas Departments of Public Safety (DPS) for an unarmed security guard license: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident with the right to work 
  • Proficient in writing & speaking the English Language 
  • Have no felony convictions or pending indictments within the last 5 years 
  • Not be on parole, probation, or a registered sex offender 
  • No disqualifying convictions involving violence, weapons, dishonesty, arson, theft, domestic violence, sexual misconduct, or drug-related offenses 

If you meet these requirements, you’re well on your way to getting your unarmed guard card! 

The 4-Step Process  

Here’s a simple 4-step checklist to follow for obtaining your unarmed security guard license in Arizona: 

Step 1: Complete the 8-Hour Unarmed Guard Training Course. 

This mandatory training can be taken online or in-person and covers topics such as legal powers and limitations, public relations, report writing, and more. IPSA offers convenient in-person training options. 

Step 2: Get Fingerprinted  

DPS requires all applicants to get fingerprinted. DPS can digitally fingerprint you and provide the standard FBI form, or you can visit an approved third-party location. [See our Quick Resources below to start this process.]

Step 3: Gather Required Documents 

  • Training verification form from the 8-hour course 
  • Fingerprint card 
  • Passport-sized photo 
  • Copy of your government-issued ID 
  • Completed DPS security guard registration application 
  • Payment for DPS licensing fee (cashier’s check or money order) 

Step 4: Submit Your Application Packet  

Once you have all the required documents, you can either submit your application packet to DPS by mail or in person (check if DPS is open for in-person submissions) or IPSA can submit the application on your behalf. The entire process is solely managed by DPS. [See our Quick Resources below to start this process.]

That’s it!  

By following these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to joining the ranks of unarmed security professionals in Arizona and Texas. 

Start Your Security Career with IPSA  

At IPSA Security Services, we are always looking for dedicated individuals to join our team. With your unarmed security guard license, you’ll have the opportunity to work in various settings, from commercial properties to special events, while gaining valuable experience in the industry.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance throughout the licensing process. We’re here to support you in taking the first step towards an exciting career in security services. 

Get started today and pave the way for a rewarding future with IPSA Security Services! 

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Quick Resources 

Arizona Department of Public Safety – License Application; Fingerprint Clearence Card 

Texas Department of Public Safety – License Application; Fingerprint Clearence Card 

IPSA Support – 8-Hour Training Course