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SECURITY SERVICES

In 2017, Denver City Council approved an ordinance that altered the licensing requirements for individuals and companies that provide security services. This new law will take effect on November 1, 2018. Denver Excise and Licenses will no longer issue or renew Merchant Guard and/or Merchant Guard Company Licenses when this new law takes effect. Instead, Denver will require individuals who provide security services to obtain a new Security Guard License and companies that employ security guards to obtain a new Private Security Employer License.

 

WHO NEEDS A SECURITY GUARD LICENSE?

Any person who is employed or engaged in the performance of any of the following activities:

  • Observing, investigating, and/or reporting unlawful activity;
  • Detecting or preventing theft or misappropriation of goods, moneys, or other items of value;
  • Protecting people or property from harm or misappropriation; 
  • Physically detaining or ejecting persons from premises; or
  • Controlling access to protected premises.

Certain individuals are exempt from the licensing requirement including, but not limited to, law enforcement officers, ticket takers, and ushers. Please see Section 42-132 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code for full details on all exemptions.

SECURITY GUARD LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Security Guards will be able to apply for their license through an online application system. Applicants will need to provide the following documents during the application process

  • A Certificate of Security Guard Training Completion provided by an Eligible Training Provider dated no more than 60 days before the application
  • A Certification of Physical and Mental Fitness completed by a licensed doctor or registered nurse dated no more than 60 days before the application
  • A Letter of Hire from a licensed Private Security Employer dated no more than 60 days before the application
  • An Affidavit of Criminal and Employment History
  • An FBI Background Check dated no more than 60 days before the application
  • A headshot suitable for creating your Security Guard badge
  • A copy of your State or Federally issued identification

Additional documentation will need to be submitted for those seeking an endorsement for a firearm, a plainclothes exemption, or an explosive-detection canine.

WHEN TO APPLY

We recommend that individuals currently licensed as Merchant Guards apply for a new Security Guard license 30 days before their current license expires. This will allow enough time for representatives from Excise and Licenses and the Denver Police Department to reveiw and approve the application, thereby avoiding any lapse in licensure and the ability to work.

FEES

Applicants will pay a $25 application fee and a $25 annual license fee. Application fees will be waived for veterans who provide a DD 214 form demonstrating their certificate of release or discharge from active military duty.

WHO NEEDS A PRIVATE SECURITY EMPLOYER LICENSE?

Any organization who provides or agrees to provide services of a security guard to another person or entity, or who uses its own employees to provide security services.

PRIVATE SECURITY EMPLOYER LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Private Security Employers will be able to apply for their license through an online application system. Applicants will need to provide the following documents during the application process:

  • An Affidavit of Criminal and Employment History for the designated general manager
  • An FBI Background Check for the designated general manager
  • Certificates of Insurance for Workers Compensation, Employers Liability, and General Liability
  • Photos of uniforms and badges to be worn by employees

Additional documentation will need to be submitted for those seeking an endorsement for weapons or vehicles.

WHEN TO APPLY

We recommend that currently licensed Merchant Guard Companies apply for a new Private Security Employer license 30 days before their current license expires. This will allow enough time for representatives from Excise and Licenses and the Denver Police Department to reveiw and approve the application, thereby avoiding any lapse in licensure and the ability to operate.

Organizations currently holding In-House Security status that wish to continue employing Security Guards should apply for a Private Security Employer license as soon as possible (applications will be made available on November 1st). Currently employed guards will be able to continue working for the course of their existing Merchant Guard license, but they will not be allowed to apply for a new Security Guard license until their employer obtains a Private Security Employer license.

FEES

Private Security Employers that employ 25 or fewer security guards will pay a $100 application fee and a $100 annual license fee.

Private Security Employers that employ 25 or more security guards will pay a $200 application fee and a $200 annual license fee.