Effective July 1 2013, to become an unarmed security guard in Hawaii an applicant must meet certain criteria. However, a license is not necessarily required unless the hiring company requires you to have one. An unarmed security guard can work under the principal in the company (who is licensed) without needing to be licensed.
To become licensed an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- High School diploma or equivalent
- Four years of guard experience
- Pass an Exam
- Be mental sound and not suffering from any psychological disorder, which will impede you from performing security guard duties
- No convictions (not including expunged or annulled by the courts)
- Submit to a criminal background check
- Have good moral character
- Have not committed any acts of fraud
- Submit to fingerprinting
- Provide criminal background abstract for the last 10 years
Other Requirements that May Be Helpful:
- Driver’s License
- Good physical conditioning
- Be able to stand long periods of time
- Good Communication skills
For more information, see The Board of Private Detective and Guards FAQ or call (808) 586-2705.
Note: There are fees associated with the licensing process that refers to the entity. For fees to become a licensed unarmed security guard, contact the Professional and Vocational Licensing (808) 586-3000.