1. Who is considered "armed"?

    The term "armed" refers to certain private security registrants, bail bondsmen, bail enforcement agent, or SCOP who carries or has immediate access to a firearm in the performance of his duties.

    Armed Private Security Services registration categories.  Armed security officers and Armored Car Personnel are required to have a firearm endorsement on their registration.  Private Investigators, Personal Protection Specialists, Security/Detector Canine Handlers, Alarm Respondents must have a firearm endorsement only if they will have access to a firearm in the performance of their duties. 

    Locksmiths and employees of an Electronic Security Services Business with the exception of alarm respondents are exempt from the requirement to have a firearm endorsement when such person carries with him a valid concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia.



  2. What is a firearms endorsement?

    A firearms endorsement is a verification on a valid registration card to show that an individual has successfully completed the annual firearms training and has met the requirements as set forth in the regulations.  Armed registrations are issued for a two year period but the firearm endorsement will expire annually on the same month as the month of expiration of the Registration.  If a registration expires in December every two years, the firearm endorsement will expire each year in December.



  3. How do I apply for and/or renew my firearms endorsement?
    Please see the Apply & Renew section of our website for details.

  4. Can any registered category be armed?

    Yes for certain Private Security Services registration categories.  Armed security officers and Armored Car Personnel are required to have a firearm endorsement on their registration.  Private Investigators, Personal Protection Specialists, Security/Detector Canine Handlers, Alarm Respondents must have a firearm endorsement only if they will have access to a firearm in the performance of their duties. 

    Bail Bondsmen, Bail Enforcement Agents and Special Conservators of the Peace licensure and registrations may also be armed if there is access to a firearm in the performance of their duties as well.

    In order to be armed, you must submit the firearms endorsement application with fee, complete required firearms training, fulfill all other requirements and be eligible to carry a firearm. Certain criminal convictions and other barriers such as individuals currently under protective orders could make an applicant ineligible for a firearm endorsement.


     



  5. When must I complete firearms training?

    Firearms training must be completed before the firearms endorsement will be issued. After that, firearms retraining must be completed annually but only within the 90 days immediately preceding the expiration date of the active endorsement.  If training is not completed by the expiration date, entry level training will be required to reapply for an endorsement. 



  6. Will the firing range or training school provide a handgun if I do not possess one?
    You must contact the individual range or school for that information.

  7. I already have a concealed weapon permit. Do I need a firearm endorsement from DJCS?

    If you carry or have access to a firearm during the course of your duties in certain registered categories, you must have a firearm endorsement issued by DCJS to carry a firearm. This includes successful completion of training and submittal of the firearms endorsement application and fee.

    Locksmiths and employees of an Electronic Security Services Business with the exception of alarm respondents are exempt from the requirement to have a firearm endorsement when such person carries with him a valid concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia.



  8. Will a firearms endorsement allow me to carry concealed?

    No. Unless otherwise exempted by law, to carry concealed in the course of his/her duties, an individual must have in his/her possession a valid registration with a firearms endorsement; permission of employer; and a valid concealed handgun permit.

    Locksmiths and employees of an Electronic Security Services Business with the exception of alarm respondents are exempt from the requirement to have a firearm endorsement when such person carries with him a valid concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia.



  9. I qualified with a 9mm pistol but my company has issued .38 revolvers. Do I need to qualify with revolvers as well?
    Yes. You must qualify with each type of action and caliber of firearm that you will carry.

  10. Can anyone take the advanced handgun course?

    Yes, provided they have successfully completed an entry-level handgun course (07E) or the security officer handgun course (75E) from a DCJS-certified training school.



  11. I have military training; can I get an exemption from firearms training?

    No. Firearms training exemptions can only be given to those who have completed qualification within the past 12 months at a criminal justice agency, academy or correctional department within Virginia for initial firearm endorsement applications, or within the 90 days immediately preceding the expiration of an active firearm endorsement. You must submit the waiver application, fee and documentation to see if your training qualifies.



  12. I am a former law enforcement official. Can I get an exemption from firearms training?

    Yes, however, your training must have occurred within the past 12 months from a criminal justice agency, academy or correctional department within Virginia if applying for an initial firearm endorsement or within the 90 days immediately proceding the expiration date of an active firearm endorsement. You must submit the waiver application, fee and documentation to see if your training qualifies.



  13. I took NRA firearms training; do I have to take firearms training from a DCJS-certified school?

    An exemption may be granted provided the training meets or exceeds the requirements in the state regulations and qualification occurred on a DCJS approved firearm course. You must submit the partial training exemption application, fee and documentation to see if your training qualifies.



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