Security Guard License New Hampshire

Security Guard License New Hampshire requires its prospective security guards applying for license to:

1.Be at least 18 years-old

2. Complete all forms that have been filed in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, and present in person to the Permits and Licensing Unit.

3. Submit two sets of fingerprints required of applicants for armed security guard.

Required Training

The amount of training guards receive varies. Training requirements are higher for armed guards because their employers are legally responsible for any use of force. Armed guards receive formal training in areas such as weapons retention and laws covering the use of force.

Guards who carry weapons must be licensed by the appropriate government authority, and some receive further certification as special police officers, which allows them to make limited types of arrests while on duty. Armed guard positions have more stringent background checks and entry requirements than those of unarmed guards because of greater insurance liability risks. Compared to unarmed security guards, armed guards and special police typically enjoy higher earnings and benefits, greater job security, more advancement potential, and usually are given more training and responsibility.


The following fees are to be paid for security guard licenses in the state of New Hampshire:

1. Individual license (biennial) $100.00

2. Criminal background check $15.00 Armed guard fingerprinting fee (for individual and employee licenses) $30.00.

3. Investigation fee $15.00

More Information

Interested applicants for security guard can visit:

The State Police

Division of Licenses and Permits

Hazen Dr., Concord, NH 03305

To download the application forms or learn more about security guard requirements in New Hampshire, please go to:

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