Oct 4, 2018
DENVER – The most commonly issued professional license in Denver is undergoing major changes. Denver is replacing the Merchant Guard Individual and Merchant Guard Company Licenses with a new Security Guard and Private Security Employer Licenses effective on November 1. The new licenses will have additional training requirements and strengthened background checks, so security guards in Denver are better prepared to protect and a stronger shield will be in place to prevent guards with past criminal convictions from working in Denver. Notable changes and new requirements for security guards and private security employers include:
“As Denver rapidly expands, so has the number of security guards,” said Ashley Kilroy, Executive Director of Denver Excise and Licenses. “We are eager to implement these new requirements for security guards and private security employers. Security guards in Denver will be better equipped to report potentially violent situations and will have a better understanding how to work with law enforcement. We believe these new requirements will play an important role in our continued efforts to improve overall public safety in the Mile High City.”
There are currently more than 7,000 Merchant Guard Licenses issued in Denver. Existing Merchant Guard and Merchant Guard Company Licenses issued before November 1 are valid until their expiration date when they are required to obtain the new licenses.
Denver is one of only 3 cities in Colorado that requires a private security employer and security guard to be licensed. The other cities are Colo. Springs and Glendale. There is no state security guard license in Colorado like many other states. These strengthened security guard requirements are a result of Denver City Council Ordinance 17-1177 passed in November of 2017. As with any major changes to a current business license, Denver Excise and Licenses held public hearings to get community and stakeholder input before writing the rules. More information on Security Guard and Private Security Guard Employer Licenses can be found at www.denvergov.org/securityservices.
About Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses
The Department of Excise and Licenses (EXL) is the central business and professional licensing department for the City and County of Denver. The department issues approximately 180 different business license types including marijuana, liquor, short-term rentals, security guards and food trucks. EXL determines the qualifications for licenses under city ordinance and determines which licenses should be issued, renewed or suspended while ensuring consumer safety, protecting the community and promoting economic development. The department is also responsible for inspections and enforcement of business licensing requirements and the public hearing process that accompanies many business licenses. EXL also encompasses Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP), originally established in 2014 to recommend, administer and implement policies; oversee and coordinate city agencies; and act as a liaison between Denver and other local, state and federal officials, agencies, and stakeholders. OMP merged with EXL in 2016 and assists with coordination of marijuana regulation, education and enforcement efforts throughout Denver.