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South Carolina Security Guard Requirements


SC Security Guard Requirements

South Carolina mandates that all security guards be licensed in the state.
Licenses are done by the hiring company and then transferred to SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) for approval. Individuals do not apply for licenses with SLED.
South Carolina license requirements.
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must show proof of citizenship
  • Mentally competent
  • Good moral character
  • No drug or alcohol use or dependence
  • submit to drug test
  • No felony convictions
  • No disabilities that would prevent performance of duty
  • Fingerprint card
  • Complete SLED certified training
Business regulations for SLED
  • Licenses and registrations issued by SLED are valid for one year from date of issue
  • Failure to file a timely application for renewal renders the license or registration card invalid and, unless otherwise authorized by SLED, the holder is no longer licensed, registered or authorized to conduct the licensed or registered activity
  • Application for renewal of licenses and registrations must be received by SLED at least thirty days, but not more than sixty days, prior to the date of expiration
  • Required fees must be received with the application form and must be in the form of a valid business check, cashier check or money order
  • Payment with a check that is dishonored by a financial institution will prevent issuance of a license or registration or result in its immediate suspension. The following fees are applicable and are non-refundable:
    A. Private Security Contract/Proprietary Business: $350.00 annually
    B. Private Security Officer Registration:
    • armed: $110.00 annually
    • unarmed: $65.00 annually
    • replacement-lost or destroyed card: $20.00
    C. Private Investigation Business $350.00 annually
    D. Private Investigation
    • employee registration: $350.00 annually
    • replacement-lost or destroyed card: $20.00
To view the complete rules and regulations relating to SLED please visit the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division site.
For a security guard course series structured for South Carolina please call
1-800-294-1140 today!
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