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To apply for a Special Armed Guards Card in NYC and the state of New York (which enables you to carry a firearm while on duty as a security guard), you must complete all of the following before you can apply:
- Possess a valid New York State pistol license.
- Take an 8-hour “pre-assignment” training course. If you already possess your Security Guard Registration Card (unarmed), then you have already met this particular requirement.
- Complete an additional 47 hours firearms training course.
Again, all of the above must be completed before applying.
Additionally, every year after you are given a valid Armed Security Guard Card, you will need to complete 8 hours of additional “maintenance” training to keep your registration valid.
The Application Process
The New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services is where you will actually apply for your Armed Security Guard Card after you’ve met all of the requirements.
Along with your application, you will need to submit your fingerprint for your background check. This is done through something called L-1 Enrollment Services, which help you electronically scan your fingerprint, and they’ll give you receipts for proof that you include in your application. Then, you can use the Employee Statement and Armed Guard Application to apply. Be sure to check the “Armed Guard” box when you are applying. You can visit the State of New York Police Firearms – Pistol Permit Bureau website for information about obtaining a New York State Pistol License. The application for the pistol license can be seen on the right hand side of the page.