Security Systems Agencies

A security systems agency is an individual or firm licensed to conduct a business that provides security systems services. Security systems services include providing on a person's residence or commercial property the service of three things:

  1. surveying the property for purposes of installing a security system,
  2. physically installing, maintaining, or repairing a security system, or
  3. responding to a distress call or an alarm sounding from a security system.

Where to Mail Applications


Maryland State Police
Licensing Division
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Attn.: Security Systems Unit

Who Should Apply?


You may apply for a Security Systems Agency License if you are an individual or firm who seeks to engage, or solicits to engage, in the business of providing Security System Services in the State of Maryland.

The individual for whom the License is sought shall be:

  1. of good moral character, reputation and qualification; and
  2. at least 18 years old.

How To Apply


The Security Systems Unit will only accept applications completed electronically on the PDF form(s) provided below under Documents for initial and renewal applications. Please answer all questions accurately, completely and honestly. Once completed, the PDF form should be printed, signed, and mailed.

Mail the application packet to the Licensing Division at the address provided above. Allow 90 business days for the completion of the application process. If the Licensing Division does not receive the renewal application, satisfactorily completed, by the expiration date, the applicant must begin as a new applicant and complete all requirements necessary for an initial application.

All original applications require FBI and CJIS fingerprint submissions. Additionally, applicants must submit two (2) color passport type photographs of the applicant (2"x2" square, light background, head and shoulder full face, no hat, no dark glasses).  The photographs must be taken within the last 30 days. They must also submit an Application for Tax Verification and the Article of Corporation.

How Much Does It Cost?


Initial – Out of State: Total $130.00

Initial - Instate: $100.00

An application fee of $100.00 is required for each initial application if the submitter is not a unit of the State. A separate fee of $30.00 is required to cover the cost of processing fingerprint cards from out of state Agency License holders only. As of April 15th 2012, in State applicants must submit electronically obtained fingerprints. Therefore, any Maryland resident will only submit the Application fee of $100.00 along with the receipt for having their electronic fingerprints taken. The fees are non-refundable. If electronic fingerprints are obtained /submitted for the application, the fingerprint fee is paid directly to the private provider taking the electronic fingerprints. DO NOT SUBMIT PAYMENT TO THE STATE POLICE FOR FINGERPRINTS IF THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN AND SUBMITTED BY WAY OF AN AUTHORIZED PRIVATE PROVIDER OR THE MARYLAND MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION.

Fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Maryland State Police. Checks must be drawn on active accounts with sufficient funds. If the check is returned for insufficient funds or due to a closed account, the applicant will be required to pay for future requests of the Licensing Division by cashier’s check or money order.

Renewal - Out of State: Total $130.00

Renewal - InState: Total $100.00

An application fee of $100.00 is required for each initial application if the submitter is not a unit of the State. A separate fee of $30.00 is required to cover the cost of processing fingerprint cards for out of state applicants only. The fees are non-refundable. If electronic fingerprints are obtained /submitted for the application, the fingerprint fee is paid directly to the entity taking the electronic fingerprints. DO NOT SUBMIT PAYMENT TO THE STATE POLICE FOR FINGERPRINTS IF THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN AND SUBMITTED BY A WAY OF AN AUTHORIZED PRIVATE PROVIDER OR THE MARYLAND MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION.

Fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Maryland State Police. Checks must be drawn on active accounts with sufficient funds. If the check is returned for insufficient funds or due to a closed account, the applicant will be required to pay for future requests of the Licensing Division by cashier’s check or money order.

When Should I Renew?


Initial license expire three (3) years after its date of issuance and upon the end of the term of the license, the license is renewable for a three (3) year term if:

  1. the Secretary receives the renewal application and proof of insurance or bonding as required in § 18-401 of this title at least 15 days before the license expiration date for the renewal to be issued and mailed before the license expires;
  2. the Secretary receives the renewal fee;
  3. that, if the complete renewal application and proof of insurance or bonding as required in § 18-401 of this title are not received at least 15 days before the license expiration date, a fee of $ 25 per day shall be charged against the agency until the day the license expires, at which time the agency shall be considered closed;
  4. that an agency may not be issued a license under this title until all outstanding obligations are satisfied with the Secretary; and
  5. that the submission of a false statement in the renewal application or the submission of altered or false documents that are otherwise required is cause for revocation of the agency license.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to submit the license?

 

For the security systems agency application, make sure you are submitting the following: two (2) photos, all applicable fees, the application itself, live scan receipt, two (2) tax forms, and articles of corporation. All of these can be found under Documents.​

How long is the process?

 

90 days, not to include weekends and holidays.​

Who do I make the check or money order out to?

 

Make all checks and money orders payable to the Maryland State Police.​

Is there an additional fee to expedite?

 

No, we do not expedite applications.​

Statutes

Below you will find links to PDFs of relevant Maryland statutes, provided for your convenience. Please note that laws change over time. The below documents were created on June 12, 2013, and are for reference purposes only. To obtain the most recent text of any legislation, please go online to LexisNexis to access the up-to-date Maryland code.

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MDBusinessOccupationsandProfessionsCode18-401.pdf
  
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 Documents

 
  
  
  
  
LD-PSSU-Advisory - 16-001 Fee Changes - Secuirty System Applications.pdf
  
Notification of Fee Change effective July 1, 2016. 305 KB
Security Systems Agency Application.pdf
  
Application to be used to initiate processing for Security Systems Agencies.1567 KB
SG-PD_Tax_Verification.doc
  
Business Occupations and Professions 1-20439 KB