New Jersey Unarmed Security Guard

Registration with the State of New Jersey through the Superintendent is required before you can be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of a security officer.

An application can be filled out and filed on this security guard application form, where you will be then required to, under oath, provide:

  • Your name, residence and age which must be at least 18 years
  • Previous employers for the last 5 years
  • Confirmation that you have not been convicted of any disqualifying crimes or offenses through a routine background check via fingerprints.

After your application is approved by the Superintendent, you will have to complete the required training program for the state of New Jersey. This training is mandatory and again you cannot be employed until it is completed.

Please note that there is a non-refundable $75.00 fee, which can be paid online via Visa or Mastercard. There will be additional fingerprinting fees as outlined later in this article.

Getting Your Fingerprints

In order to properly get your fingerprints processed for your criminal background check, you must print the SAGEM MORPHO fingerprint form and 30 Day Temporary Certificate from your online application.

After you print this information, you will have to make an appointment to get your fingerprints taken. You can make this appointment online at

Security Officer Training

Currently, you must complete an approved 24-hour course of classroom instruction taught by a certified security officer instructor.

To give you an idea of what will be covered in the course, below are the topics covered:

  • Homeland security and counter-terrorism
  • Communications/emergency response
  • Theft prevention
  • Limits on the use of force
  • Detention of suspects
  • Ethics and professional conduct
  • First aid/CPR/AED
  • There may be other topics covered.

To find an instructor, after you print out your forms in your online application, click on the link to browse the Security Officer Instructor Registry.

Security Officer Official Rules and Regulations for New Jersey.

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