Delaware Unarmed Security Guard

According to the Delaware Department of Public Safety, an unarmed security guard must be licensed. However, before licensing he or she must also take a certified training course by the state.

Once all requirements are met, the license is administered by the Delaware Department of Public Safety. The license is good for two years and must be valid while employed. To keep license current, yearly courses must be completed.

Basic requirements for applying for an unarmed security guard license:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be hired by a licensed company
  • Drug testing (which may be ongoing)
  • Complete background check and finger prints
  • Must be a United States citizen or registered resident alien (provide proof that you are legally able to work in the US)
  • No felony convictions or any crime involving the illegal use of weapons (that includes violent misdemeanors and assault lll or offensive touching in the last three years)
  • Must complete a 16 hour certified training course by the state of Delaware before applying for license. Form to be signed by instructor as proof.

Other Requirements that May Be Helpful:

  • Driver’s License
  • Good physical conditioning
  • Be able to stand long periods of time
  • Good Communication skills

Basic training curriculum may include but not limited to the following subjects:

  1. Role of Private Security
  2. Legal Aspects
  3. Patrol and Observation
  4. Incident Response
  5. Security Resources: Surveillance operation and documentation
  6. Customer Service Issues: Working with and addressing the public
  7. First Aid Overview


Application fee is $69 and not refundable and there is a $20 identification card fee required once your application is approved.

Once you have successfully completed the certified course, you can apply for your license as unarmed security guard by calling (302) 672-5304 to set up an appointment.

For more information, please visit the Delaware State Police Department.

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