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Unarmed Security Officer/Courier

Unarmed Security Officer/Courier Defined | Initial Registration | Renewal Registration | Checklist

Unarmed Security Officer/Courier Defined

An unarmed security officer/courier means any person who performs the functions of observation, detection, reporting, or notification of appropriate authorities or designated agents regarding persons or property on the premises that individual is contracted to protect, and who does not carry or have access to a firearm in the performance of their duties.

Initial Registration

The requirements can be found in 6 VAC 20-171-120 of the Regulations. Registrations are issued for 24 months.

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

18 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 orders must 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.

Renewal Registration

The requirements can be found in 6 VAC 20-171-130 of the Regulations. Registrations are issued for 24 months.

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 orders must 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


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