Security Canine Handler

A security canine handler means any individual who utilizes his security canine in the performance of private security duties.

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

30 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. 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 ordersmust 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.
  • 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.
  • Partial Training Exemption Application - Entry Level (.pdf, 3 pages)

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. 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 ordersmust 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.
  • 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.
  • Partial Training Exemption Application - In-Service (.pdf, 2 pages)

A person registered to utilize a security canine in the performance of private security duties. 

A dog that has attended, completed, and been certified as a security canine by a certified security canine handler instructor in accordance with approved department procedures and certification guidelines. "Security canine" shall not include detector dogs. 

The registered security canine handler and his security canine performing private security duties. 

You must possess a valid registration in this category. 

For information on how to apply, please visit the Security Canine Handler page.

Yes. You must have a current registration in order to work in this registered category. 

Yes. You must have completed all required training and have a current registration in order to work in this registered category. 

30 hours -- 04ES security canine handler (12 hours) + 01E security officer core subjects (18 hours)

4 hours -- 04IS security canine handler (4 hours)