The fact that you have been convicted of a criminal offense is not
necessarily automatically disqualifying. Our system of justice can
provide a second chance for those convicted of crimes with the state's
The ONLY ONES who can tell you if your particular prior convictions (arrests are not
"convictions") or current outstanding (pending) charges may prevent the
state from issuing your license is the state licensing authority itself
(they make the rules which can change from time to time): Click here to go to the official New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services page.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE ELSE who tries to tell you something different no matter how good their intentions may be, especially if they are trying to sell you something!
If you have any questions about whether or not prior problems you've
had can prevent you from becoming a licensed security guard, you need to check with the state by calling the the New York State Division of Licensing Services at (518)
474-7569. It may take a little while for them to answer while their
automated answering system has you on hold, so just be a little patient.
If after you speak to them they indicate that you may be approved under your particular circumstances, feel free to contact us and take the required training to apply for your license. You can take the training anyhow, but we do not want anyone to waste their time or money if they likely will not be approved.