Security Guard License New Mexico

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

1. File an application for registration with the department. The application shall include two (2) passport type photos taken within the prior six months.

2.Be 18 years old for unarmed guards; 21 years old for armed guards;

3. two (2) completed fingerprint cards, a completed verification of fingerprints form, a notarized authorization for release of information form and the prescribed fee for a state and federal criminal history background check;

4. proof of successfully passing a jurisprudence examination to be administered by the department.

5. Submit a Fingerprint card taken from the department under the supervision of and certified by a New Mexico state police officer, a county sheriff, or a municipal chief of police;

6. Submit themselves to a background check.

Required Training

Security Guard License New Mexico requires all applicants to:

1. Complete a department approved training program as defined in Subsection D of NMAC prior to being placed on a guard post for the first time as a level one security guard; that training may be provided by: a public educational institution in New Mexico or an educational institution licensed by the higher education department pursuant to the Post-Secondary Educational Institution Act (21-23-1 NMSA 1978);

2. Any other department-approved educational institution using a curriculum approved by the department and taught by an instructor who has been reviewed and recommended by the board and approved by the superintendent.

The following eight hour curriculum is the minimum training required and must be completed within twelve months prior to application for security guard level one registration:

(1)legal training for security guards - four (4) hours;

(a) legal responsibilities, qualifications, restrictions and liability of level 1 security guard;

(b) introduction to use of force continuum, appropriate use of force and de-escalation techniques;

(c) powers of detention and New Mexico laws of citizen arrest;

(d) appropriate search and seizure, legal restrictions and civil liability;

(e) New Mexico laws on trespass;

(2) authority and responsibility of the security guard - two (2) hours;

(a) communication with local law enforcement, jurisdiction and limitations of authority;

(b) radio dispatch protocol and other communication tools;

(c) image, professional communication, note-taking and report writing;

(3) incident scene management and preservation - two (2) hours;

(a) identifying evidence;

(b) care and handling of evidence;

(c) securing the immediate area;

(d) evidence tampering and/or removal;

(e) witness/participant identification.

Training may consist of an in-person instructor and prerecorded material.

More Information

Interested applicants may visit:

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department

Toney Anaya Building

2550 Cerrillos Road,

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.

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