How to Get the Arizona Guard Card


The State of Arizona requires you to obtain a guard card, before you can get a job with a security company or agency. The Arizona Department of Public Safety issues the guard licenses. Both armed and unarmed guards are required to have a license in Arizona. You must attend an approved training course and pass a DPS background check, before you can get a guard license.

  • Get a registration application form from the company that has offered you a job. The security company must fill out the employer section of the form.

  • Attend the mandatory 8-hour security guard training class. Many security companies offer free training classes for new employees. You can also attend training classes offered by private schools.

  • Call the local Arizona DPS post near you. Schedule an appointment to process your guard license application.

  • Bring your registration application, a color photo of your face and verification of training to the local Arizona DPS post.

  • Get fingerprinted by an Arizona DPS officer. Give the officer all of the required documents.

  • Pay the required fees. The Arizona DPS will issue your guard card after conducting a background check.

Tips & Warnings

  • The guard card is good for two years after the date of issuance by the Arizona DPS.
  • The Arizona DPS does not accept personal checks.
  • Armed guards require additional training to receive a guard card.

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