Eligibility Requirements to become an Armed Security Officer in the State of Florida
. To apply for a Class "G" license, you must be at least 18 years old.
You must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident alien to qualify for a Class "G" license, and you must provide documentation confirming your citizenship status.
- If you were born in the United States, submit a copy of your birth certificate, U.S. passport, Social Security card, driver license, state-issued ID card, or voter registration card.
- If you are a naturalized citizen, submit a copy of your U.S. passport or the official document issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicating that you are a naturalized citizen.
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, submit a copy of your Permanent Legal Resident Alien card.
An applicant for a Class “G” license must submit proof of having completed an initial course of instruction that includes 28 hours of classroom and range training pertaining to the use of firearms in connection with duties regulated under Chapter 493, Florida Statutes (F.S.).
The 28-hour course curriculum is outlined below:
Legal Aspects of Use of Firearms — 12 hours
Operational Firearms Safety and Firearms Mechanical Training — 8 to 11 hours
This portion of the curriculum is intended to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical operations of a firearm and how to handle firearms safely. A written examination of 100 questions will be administered covering the portions of the curriculum dealing with legal use and operational/mechanical training.
Firearms Qualification — 8 hours*
This segment of the training course includes practical exercises in the handling of firearms — stance, grip, sighting, etc. — as well as topics pertaining to range safety and range commands. The instructor will require students to fire 144 rounds as part of the firearms qualification for initial licensure (48 rounds of practice fire plus two cycles of 48 rounds for initial qualification). No more than eight hours of the 28 hours of training shall consist of range training.
*A Class “K” instructor can, at their discretion, administer as few as five hours of range qualification training if the student demonstrates sufficient mastery of the core principles of safe firearms handling (to include shooting a qualifying score) without the full eight hours of range training. However, reducing the number of hours of range training will require teaching additional hours elsewhere in the curriculum so that the cumulative total of firearms training amounts to 28 hours as required by Section 493.6105(5), F.S.
Annual Renewal Training
To maintain licensure, the Class “G” license holder must complete four hours of requalifying training each year [ 504.5 KB ] . The annual training course shall consist of a review of the curriculum topics listed above as part of the initial training requirements to include any recent changes in the law. License holders will be required to achieve a passing score on a cycle of fire consisting of 48 rounds. If the license holder fails to achieve a passing score after three attempts, they will be instructed to seek additional remedial training and schedule another requalification attempt at a later date.
TO PREVENT UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION, ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS AND SUBMIT ANY DOCUMENTATION NECESSARY TO SUPPORT YOUR ELIGIBILITY.
SECTION I APPLICANT INFORMATION
Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
SECTION II MILITARY HISTORY
If you have ever been court-martialed, fined, or disciplined under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) or service regulations, you must provide a complete and accurate account of this matter on a separate sheet of paper and provide copies of all official military documents related to the incident(s).
SECTION III CRIMINAL HISTORY
The Department will deny your application if you:
[Section 493.6118(4), F.S.].
or convicted of an offense in any other state, territory, or country punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, unless and until Civil Rights and Firearm Rights have been restored by the convicting authority and a period of 10 years has passed since final release from supervision [Section 493.6118(4)(a), F.S.]. Proof of restoration of Civil Rights and Firearm Rights must be submitted with this application.
The Department may deny your application if you:
directly related crimes. This includes, but is not limited to: Trespassing, Breaking and Entering, Burglary, Robbery, Forgery, Criminal Mischief or Theft, Assault, Battery, Stalking, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Battery, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Murder, Aggravated Stalking, Resisting an Officer with or without Violence [Section 493.6118(1)(c), Section 493.6118(1)(j), Section 493.6118(3), F.S., Rule 5N-1.114, Florida Administrative Code].
You must provide complete information about your arrest(s) and include certified copies of court dispositions. A determination of your eligibility cannot be made until all documentation is received and a complete criminal history record check has been completed. This process takes 1-3 months.