Alarm Respondent

An alarm respondent means an individual who responds to the signal of an alarm for the purpose of detecting an intrusion of the home, business or property of the end user.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  2. Successful completion of all initial training requirements for each registration category, including firearms endorsement if applicable.
  3. Be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Training Requirements

18 Hours, Consisting of:

To apply:

  1. Apply online at www.dcjs.virginia.gov/online or submit the Initial registration application and applicable non-refundable fee;
  2. Submit a Criminal History Processing Form with the applicable non-refundable processing fee.
  3. Schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints scanned. To schedule an appointment go to www.fieldprintvirginia.com or call 877-614-4364. DCJS will automatically be notified once you have been fingerprinted.

Additional Applications

  1. For those who will have access to a firearm, they must complete the requirements for a Firearms Endorsement. For more information, view the Firearms Endorsement page.
  2. Any individual who is already registered with the department and wishes to add categories to his/her current registration must complete the requirements for an Additional Registration Category. For more information, view the Additional Registration Category page.
  3. Any currently registered individual who has lost their registration card may apply for a replacement. For more information, view the Duplicate/Replacement Registration page.
  4. Any individual who has ever been convicted or found guilty of a felony or misdemeanor (not to include minor traffic violations) in Virginia or any other jurisdiction to include military court martial or currently under protective orders must submit a Criminal History Supplemental Form. For more information, view the Criminal History page.
  5. Certain training exemptions may be granted for required training courses. For more information, view the Training Exemptions page.

Before a registration will be issued, individuals must complete all required training for each category of their registration.

Required Forms

Additional Forms

  • Criminal History Supplemental Form (.pdf, 1 page)
    • The form must be submitted with the PSS_FP form if you have ever been convicted or found guilty of a felony or misdemeanor (not to include minor traffic violations) in Virginia or any other jurisdiction to include military court martial or currently under protective orders.
  • Replacement Registration Form (.pdf, 1 page)
  • Firearms Endorsement (.pdf, 2 pages)
    • Complete this form and the necessary training if you carry or have immediate access to a firearm in the performance of your duties.
  • Partial Training Exemption Application - Entry Level (.pdf, 3 pages)
    • You may be eligible to waive a portion of your entry-level training if you have completed certain private security services training or if you are a qualified law enforcement officer.

Training Requirements

4 Hours, Consisting of:

Submit to the Department

  1. Apply online at www.dcjs.virginia.gov/online or submit the Registration renewal application and applicable non-refundable fee;
  2. Completion of in-service training. The school will submit a roster, do not send your training completion form to DCJS.

Additional Applications

  1. For those who will have access to a firearm, they must complete the requirements for a Firearms Endorsement. This endorsement must be renewed every 12 months. For more information, view the Firearms Endorsement page.
  2. Any individual who is already registered with the department and wishes to add categories to his/her current registration must complete the requirements for an Additional Registration Category. For more information, view the Additional Registration Category page.
  3. Any currently registered individual who has lost their registration card may apply for a replacement. For more information, view the Duplicate/Replacement Registration page.
  4. Any individual who has ever been convicted or found guilty of a felony or misdemeanor (not to include minor traffic violations) in Virginia or any other jurisdiction to include military court martial or currently under protective orders must submit a Criminal History Supplemental Form. For more information, view the Criminal History page.
  5. Any individual who meets limited circumstances, may apply for a renewal extension. For more information, view the Extension page.
  6. Certain training exemptions may be granted for required training courses. For more information, view the Training Exemptions page.

Before a registration will be issued, individuals must complete all required training for each category of their registration.

Required Form

Additional Forms

  • Criminal History Supplemental Form (.pdf, 1 page)
    • The form must be submitted with the Fingerprint form if you have ever been convicted or found guilty of a felony or misdemeanor (not to include minor traffic violations) in Virginia or any other jurisdiction to include military court martial or currently under protective orders.
  • Replacement Registration Form (.pdf, 1 page)
  • Firearms Endorsement (.pdf, 2 pages)
    • Complete this form and the necessary training if you carry or have immediate access to a firearm in the performance of your duties.
  • Partial Training Exemption Application - In-Service (.pdf, 2 pages)
    • You may be eligible to waive a portion of your entry-level training if you have completed certain private security services training or if you are a qualified law enforcement officer.

A natural person who responds to the signal of an alarm for the purpose of detecting an intrusion of the home, business, or property of the end user.

You must possess a valid registration in this category and a firearms endorsement if you are to be armed. 

For information on how to apply and renew, please wisit the Alarm Respondent page.

No. If you are unarmed, you can work for 90 consecutive days while completing the compulsory minimum training requirements, provided your fingerprints were submitted on or before their date of hire and your employer provides you with a 90 day authorization document.  This document along with a photo ID must be carried on duty while performing regulated services until a temporary or permanent registration is issued.

No. If you are unarmed, you can work for 90 consecutive days while completing the compulsory minimum training requirements, provided your fingerprints were submitted on or before your date of hire. 

01E security officer core subjects - 18 hours 

01I security officer in-service - 4 hours