Frequently Asked Questions

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UPDATE! With the recent update in guidelines from the government, The City of Tempe has now required masks in public. Due to the change, we will now require students bring and wear a face mask while attending courses. Likewise, if you do not feel well, stay home! If you have signed up for a course, but will not attend due to illness, let us know, and we will issue a full refund.

What's the process to get my Arizona unarmed security guard card?

Simple! Take our course in person, or online, get your finger prints and a photo (Passport specs), then submit your completed application that includes your training verification form, registration application, prints and photo to DPS. In about 2 to 3 weeks after your background check, you get it in the mail.

What about getting an armed guard card?

To get your armed guard license, you must first have taken and completed the unarmed guard card course. Once that's done, sign up for our armed class. It's 16 hours and requires you to qualify on the range, and take a written test. The armed card requires a sponsoring agency (employer), but don't worry if you don't have one lined up yet, Arizona Security Group will sponsor you so you can get your card and get hired. Once your employer does hire you, simply apply for a duplicate armed guard card from AZ DPS, it's only $10, and will have your employer's name on it.

How long is a guard card good for? When should I renew?

Guard cards are issued with an expiration date 2 years out. Once you get close to your expiration date, you will want to take a renewal course (unarmed can be taken online!) approximately 60 days out from your expiration date. This will give you the best chance of not having your guard card lapse. Anything less than 60 days and you run the risk of your application not being renewed in time.

What are the qualifications and requirements for a security license in Arizona?

It's the typical stuff: at least 18 years of age, citizen of the U.S. or legal resident, no felonies within the last 5 years and so on. You can find all of the preclusions in A.R.S. 32-2622.

I heard you can now apply online, what's that about?

Not too long ago, AZ DPS developed a process to allow individuals to submit their guard card applications online, using a third party vendor. Prints can now be taken and submitted digitally. The process is quite simple: take the unarmed guard card class, submit your application online. Once that is completed, you create an appointment at a FieldPrint location near you. There, they will verify your identity, take your prints and photograph digitally, and submit it to DPS for you. DPS will then take your digital application and prints and process them. It's been our experience that this process still has some bugs to work out, and can take twice as long as sumitting a paper application. Your mileage may vary, and you can see the process on DPS's website here.

I also heard I can get my AZ CCW permit from you, is that true?

Yes! Arizona changed the requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit (CCW), and all that is required for non-veterans is a firearms safety course. Our armed guard card class qualifies! Just let your instructor know you would like to get one and he will set you up. For veterans, DPS only requires a copy of your DD214 to be included with your application. DPS charges $60 for the permit, and it's valid for 5 years. You can get more information about the Arizona CCW permit here.

What is the cost to get my guard card, and is that included in the cost of the class?

Course fees do not include the cost of the licenses. AZ DPS sets their own licensing fees, and we don't collect that. The course fee is for the class, and the license fee is for the license. As of 2019, DPS charges $72 for an unarmed guard card, and $122 for an armed guard card. To get an additional armed card with a different employer's name on it, its only an additional $10 per card.