Information for Veterans - Security Guard & Security Alarm

Waiver of initial license fee and initial processing fee for certain veterans seeking licensure as a private security guard agency or alarm system contractor

Beginning August 20, 2014, the department shall waive an initial license fee, or any application processing fee charged by the department for an initial license, if the applicant is an individual who served in the armed forces and he or she provides to the department a form DD214, form DD215, or any other form that is satisfactory to the department that demonstrates he or she was separated from that service with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service.

See MCL 338.1056.

Exemption from the experience and age requirements for private security guard agencies and alarm system contractors for certain veterans

The department shall issue a license to conduct business as a security alarm system contractor or a private security guard, or to a private security guard business, if it is satisfied that the applicant, if the applicant is an individual, or the individual who is the sole or principal license holder of the applicant if the applicant is not an individual, meets all of the following qualifications:

(a) Is not less than 21 years of age. However, this subdivision does not apply to an applicant described in subdivision (g)(v).

(b) Has a high school education or its equivalent.

(c) If the applicant's license is issued after March 28, 2001, has not been convicted of a felony.

(d) If the applicant's license was issued on or before March 28, 2001, was not convicted of a felony in the 5-year period preceding the date of application.

(e) Was not convicted of an offense listed in section 10(1)(c) in the 5-year period preceding the date of application.

(f) If he or she served in the armed forces, was separated from that service, and provides a form DD214, DD215, or any other form satisfactory to the department that demonstrates he or she was separated from that service, with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service.

(g) If the applicant is applying for a private security guard or agency license, meets any of the following:

(i) Was engaged in the private security guard or agency business on his or her own account in another state for a period of at least 3 years.

(ii) Was engaged in the private security guard or agency business for a period of at least 4 years as an employee of the holder of a certificate of authority to conduct a private security guard or agency business and has experience reasonably equivalent to at least 4 years of full-time guard work in a supervisory capacity with rank above that of patrolman.

(iii) Was employed in law enforcement as a certified police officer on a full-time basis for at least 4 years for a city, county, or state government or for the United States government.

(iv) Was engaged in the private security guard or agency business as an employee or on his or her own account or as a security administrator in private business for at least 2 years on a full-time basis, and is a graduate with a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in the field of police administration or industrial security from an accredited college or university.

(v) Served in the armed forces; while serving in the armed forces, acted as a military police officer or in an equivalent job classification for at least 2 years; was separated from that service, and provides a form DD214, DD215, or any other form satisfactory to the department that demonstrates he or she was separated from that service, with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service; and has, and provides with his or her application an affidavit signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of the applicant's service that he or she has, entry-level experience in or basic knowledge of each of the following:

(A) Enforcing rules, regulations, and guidelines.

(B) Providing security and physical protection.

(C) Area and site security operations.

(D) Overseeing prisoners and correctional facilities.

(E) Reconnaissance and surveillance.

(h) If the applicant is applying for a security alarm system contractor license, has been lawfully engaged in either or both of the following:

(i) A security alarm system contractor business on his or her own account for a period of not less than 3 years.

(ii) A security alarm system contractor business for a period of not less than 4 years as an employee of the holder of a certificate of authority to conduct a security alarm system contractor business, and has experience reasonably equivalent to at least 4 years of full-time work in a supervisory capacity or passes a written exam administered by the department designed to measure his or her knowledge and training in security alarm systems.

(i) Provided the department the bond or surety required under section 9 of the act.

(j) Has not been adjudged insane, unless he or she has been adjudged restored to sanity by court order.

(k) Is not subject to any outstanding warrants for his or her arrest.

See MCL 338.1056.