An armored car guard is employed by a licensed armored car carrier to provide secure transportation; protect and safeguard valuable cargo in transit from one place to another; and provide various cash services for automated teller machines (ATM), using bullet-resistant, armored vehicles. Armored car employees, who may drive or accompany the armored vehicle, but do not carry, nor are authorized to carry, a firearm are excluded from registration in New York State.
Applicants seeking to become licensed in New York State as an armored car guard must submit a completed application form and proof of successful completion of a 47-hour firearms training course, together with acceptable quality fingerprint cards and related fees, to the New York State Department of State (DOS), Division of Licensing Services. Applicants must also provide the 9-digit Identification (ID) number from their New York State Department of Motor Vehicle-issued driver license, or photo ID where requested, on the application submitted to the New York State Department of State. (This ID number is located just above the photo on a New York State Driver License.) The latest information and requirements for becoming a New York State-armored car guard are available on the website of the New York State Department of State at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/armoredguard/armoredguard.html.
Completion of the 47-hour firearms training course must be accomplished within 180 days following receipt of the armored car guard application. Pending the completion of firearms training and a finding of freedom from specified criminal convictions (verified by a report from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services following submission of acceptable fingerprints cards), the applicant will be issued a conditional letter of authority that will entitle him or her to work as an armored car guard in New York State. Upon receipt of verified completion of the 47-hour firearms training course, and conditioned upon a finding of freedom from specified criminal convictions, the applicant will be issued a photographic ID card signifying that he or she is authorized to perform armored car guard functions. A continuing education requirement must be met every year.
Note: Police and peace officers must register with the New York State Department of State. (See training section below.)
Armored car guards are required to complete two training programs approved by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS): (1) a 47-hour firearms course, and (2) an annual, 8-hour, firearms self-development course.
Active police or peace officers are not required to complete any additional training. Active police or peace officers must submit certification of current status in good standing with their application for armored car guard. This certifies that they are active police or peace officers in good standing. Such certifications of status must be submitted on official letterhead, and be signed by either the chief or personnel officer.
Active police or peace officers may be exempted from the 47-hour firearms training requirement if they have completed the basic peace officers course "with" firearms training, and have submitted that certificate along with their armored car guard application packet to the New York State Department of State. Peace officers may be exempted from the annual, 8-hour, self-development firearms training if they have completed the annual firearms training and have submitted their certificate for that training to the New York State Department of State.
24 hours of DOS-approved continuing education that must be completed within their two-year license period.
Individuals that have taken the NYS written examination prior to December 31, 2005 must have taken and passed an existing nationally-recognized examination that has been deemed equivalent.
From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, there were 1,023 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of, June 25, 2012, there were 2,197 active licenses outstanding for this occupation.
New York State Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, New York 12201-2001
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648
33-9032 - Security Guards
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 8/7/12.
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