Central Station Dispatcher

A central station dispatcher means an individual who monitors burglar alarm signal devices, burglar alarms or any other electrical, mechanical or electronic device used to prevent or detect burglary, theft, shoplifting, pilferage or similar losses; to prevent or detect intrusion; or primarily to summon aid for other emergencies.

View the Out of State Central Station Dispatcher page.

Click here to view the Central Station Dispatcher Apply and Renew Checklist

Eligibility Requirements

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

Training Requirements

8 Hours, Consisting of:

Submit to the Department

  1. Initial registration application and applicable non-refundable fee;
  2. Mailing address;
  3. Fingerprint card, fingerprint processing application and applicable non-refundable fee. For more information, view the Fingerprints page.

Additional Applications

  1. 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.
  2. Any currently registered individual who has lost their registration card may apply for a replacement. For more information, view the Duplicate/Replacement Registration page.
  3. 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 ordersmust submit a Criminal History Supplemental Form. For more information, view the Criminal History page.
  4. 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)
  • 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. 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. 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.
  2. Any currently registered individual who has lost their registration card may apply for a replacement. For more information, view the Duplicate/Replacement Registration page.
  3. 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 ordersmust submit a Criminal History Supplemental Form. For more information, view the Criminal History page.
  4. Any individual who meets limited circumstances, may apply for a renewal extension. For more information, view the Extension 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 Form

Additional Forms

A person who monitors burglar alarm signal devices, burglar alarms or any other electrical, mechanical or electronic device used to prevent or detect burglary, theft, shoplifting, pilferage or similar losses; used to prevent or detect intrusion; or used primarily to summon aid for other emergencies. 

Yes, if there is no regulatory authority in the state where you are physically located. You are considered an out-of-state central station dispatcher. 

You must possess a valid registration in this category. 

No. A central station dispatcher can work for 90 consecutive days while completing the compulsory minimum training requirements, provided their fingerprints were submitted on or before their date of hire and their employer provides them 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. A central station dispatcher 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. 

8 hours -- 30E electronic security subjects (4 hours) + 38E central station dispatcher subjects (4 hours) 

4 hours -- 30I Electronic Security Service Subjects (4 hours). Registrations must be renewed every two years.