A security guard agency is an individual or firm that conducts a business that provides security guard services. Security guard services include any activity that is performed for compensation as a security guard to protect any individual or property. To access a list of Active Security Guard Agencies please click here. If you believe that any of the information within the Security Guard Listing is inaccurate please contact the Security Guard Private Detective Agency Section at MSP.PrivateDetective@Maryland.gov
Maryland State Police
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Attn.: Licensing Services Section – Security Guard Agency Unit
Applications should be mailed to the Division. Personal visits are not encouraged and will not decrease the amount of time it takes an application to be processed.
An individual or firm who conducts a business must be licensed by the Maryland State Police. The license must be issued prior to the individual or firm providing security guard services in the state of Maryland.
An applicant must be of good character and reputation. If the applicant is a firm, each firm member shall be of good character and reputation. The individual or firm representative shall be at least 25 years old. All applicants shall meet the required experience outlined below:
The Security Guard 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 photographs of applicant (2"x2" square, light background, head and shoulder full face, no hat or head covering, no dark glasses). They must also submit Tax Verification and the Article of Corporation.
The fee for an initial application is $200 for an individual (unincorporated) and $375 for a firm (incorporated). The fee for a renewal application is $200 for an individual and $400 for a firm. Additional fees and fines may apply. Fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Maryland State Police.
A Security Guard Agency License expires three (3) years after its date of issuance and upon the date the Secretary of State Police sets. Licenses are staggered resulting in expiration in either January or July depending on the date of initial application. The license may be renewed for an additional 3-year term.
The Licensing Division will mail to the licensee a renewal notice at least 90 days prior to expiration. The renewal notice will include:
The renewal application must be received by the Maryland State Police at least 15 days prior to the expiration date.
For the security guard agency application, make sure you are submitting the following: two (2) passport size photos, all applicable fees, the application itself, two (2) tax forms, and articles of corporation. All of these can be found under Documents.
90 days, not to include weekends and holidays.
Make all checks and money orders payable to the Maryland State Police.
No, we do not expedite applications.
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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