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Merchant Guard Individual

Merchant guard or merchant patrol shall mean any person who conducts or is engaged in the business of providing protection to persons and property, or preserving the peace in the conduct of any business, except a business or industrial guard. To apply for a merchant guard license you must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

A badge is not required to be worn with the merchant guard uniform. If a company decides to use a badge with their uniform, the company must ensure that the words "Police or Officer" do not appear on the badge or any other part of the uniform or equipment. 

Merchant Guard license causes for denial

Merchant Guard FAQ

Merchant Guard Armed Status

Excise and Licenses Policies and Conditions

Merchant Guard Unarmed Packet

Note: A concealed carry permit does not negate the need for a "Armed Status" license/card  from the Department of Excise and Licenses. 

How to Get a Business License

Your CBI Name check must be dated within 7 days of application. 

You must have a debit or credit card to purchase your CBI Name Check here in our agency

  • Photo ID
  • Physical Form (60 days or less) Please use the linked form.

You may choose the location, but you must obtain an exam from a licensed medical clinic or doctor's office. The clinic/doctor's office information must be included on the Evidence of Physical Condition Form. 

Application Fee:  $50.00

Annual License Fee:  $25.00

CBI Name Check:  $6.85 

Note: You must renew your Merchant Guard Individual License annually even after you have acquired Armed Status. 

Fees can be paid with cash, check,  money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. Credit cards cannot be accepted over the phone or by mail. 

Once the background check has been accepted and approved, return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.  Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. The background check is accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.

Renew a Business License

Renew in Person 
Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.

Request a renewal for your business license.

Once all documentation is complete, you will be issued a payment voucher.

Take the payment voucher to the cashier and pay the renewal license fee.

Return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office with your receipt for payment.

Your business license will be printed.


Renew by Mail 
You can mail in your license renewal along with a check made payable to the Manager of Finance for the total license fees due. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) on your check.

Office Hours and Location 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor

Mailing Information 
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

Current Letter of Hire (within past 90 days)

Current Colorado Bureau of Investigations Background Check Report

Your CBI Name check must be dated within 7 days of application.

 ***If you are going to be applying for Armed Status when you renew your merchant guard license, please provide a national criminal background check in lieu of a Colorado Bureau of Investigation Background Check Report.

****You must renew your Merchant Guard Individual License annually even after you have acquired Armed Status. 

Annual License Fee:  $25.00

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees.

90 Day Grace Period

There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed by paying for the license and a penalty fee.

First 30 days of grace period:  20% penalty fee

Days 31 - 90:  50% penalty fee

After 90 days:  Licensees will be required to apply 

  • The Department of Excise and Licenses will attempt to notify business license holders of the approaching expiration date with an email approximately 60 days prior to expiration.  However, failure to be notified does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty. Making sure your emaill address is up to date and in our system is your responsibility. The expiration date is printed on every license and it is advisable to set a reminder on your phone or calendar to ensure an on-time renewal. 


Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 42-131 

Requirements 42-161

Fees 32-95

Plan Extra Time!

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Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.