Illinois Unarmed Security Guard

To become a security guard in the state of Illinois, the first thing you must do is obtain a PERC Card.

A PERC Card, or Permanent Employee Registration Card, is a card that tells employers in the State of Illinois that you’ve passed certain background checks through a fingerprint submission process. You will not be able to apply for a security guard position until you get one.

To apply for your PERC Card, you can visit the PERC Card application page on the Division of Professional Regulation website.

Please note that once you obtain your PERC Card, it does not guarantee that you will be hired – it only allows you to start looking for an employer to hire you.

The application instructions and requirements are outlined for you below, although they are also located on the PERC pdf:

  • The application must be at least 18 years of age to apply (for an unarmed security guard)
  • You must also provide your social security number.
  • You will be required to pay a fee of $55.00 (payable to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation).
  • You must attach a photo (instructions on the PDF)
  • You must submit the appropriate security clearance documents.

The security clearance documents are obtained by completing the fingerprinting scan process. Again, this is so the state can run a background check for you to make sure you are have not committed any felonies and are allowed to work as a security guard.

You must go through a Livescan Certified Vendor, which there is a list of in the PERC application.

Security Guard Training Requirements

In addition to the PERC card, you will also be required, most likely, to complete 20 hours of security guard training.

You can take these courses at any of the local community colleges or at firms that are certified to provide security guard training.

After you obtain your PERC card, check with your potential employers as to what the exact training requirements may be, in case the specific company requires more.

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