N.Y. General Business Law Section 89-H
Requirements for a registration card

To qualify for a registration card to perform security guard functions, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:


Application: file an application with the department sworn to or affirmed by the applicant in such form and including such information and attachments as may be prescribed or requested by the department upon consultation with the security guard advisory council including but not limited to the character and fitness, competence and employment history of the applicant;


Training: file a certificate with the department certifying either that the applicant has satisfactorily completed a minimum of eight hours of pre-assignment training as prescribed by the division or that such requirement has been waived in accordance with Executive Law § 841-C (Functions, powers and duties of the commissioner with respect to the council)section eight hundred forty-one-c of the executive law;


Age: be at least eighteen years of age;


Criminal record: not have been convicted of a serious offense, or of a misdemeanor in the state or of any offense in any other jurisdiction which, if committed in this state, would constitute a misdemeanor, and which, in the discretion of the secretary, bears such a relationship to the performance of the duties of a security guard, as to constitute a bar to employment;


Character and fitness: be of good moral character and fitness;


Competence: not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be incompetent by reason of mental disease or defect which has not been removed;


Employment history: not have been discharged from a correctional or law enforcement agency for incompetence or misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, administrative hearing officer, administrative law judge, arbitrator, arbitration panel or other duly constituted tribunal, or resigned from such agency while charged with misconduct or incompetence; provided however, that an applicant who has been discharged or has resigned from such agency while charged with misconduct or incompetency may submit an explanation to the department and request a waiver of this requirement;


Disability: a physical or mental disability or disability by reason of intoxication or the use of, addiction to or dependence on alcohol or drugs which, as determined by the department, renders the applicant unable to perform the essential functions of the security guard position, with or without reasonable accommodation, or who, as determined by the department, poses a direct threat to health or safety;


Fees: pay (a) a fee of thirty-six dollars for processing of the application, investigation of the applicant and for the initial biennial registration period. Such fees shall be deposited to the credit of the business and licensing services account established pursuant to the provisions of State Finance Law § 97-Y (Business and licensing services account)section ninety-seven-y of the state finance law; and


a fee pursuant to subdivision eight-a of Executive Law § 837 (Functions, powers and duties of division)section eight hundred thirty-seven of the executive law, and amendments thereto, for the cost of the division’s full search and retain procedures, and a fee as determined by the federal bureau of investigation for the cost of its fingerprint search procedures, which fees shall be remitted by the department to the division and federal bureau of investigation; and


Changes: give the department written notice, within fourteen calendar days of occurrence, of any change of circumstances which varies from the information previously given to the department hereunder.

Source: Section 89-H — Requirements for a registration card, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/GBS/89-H (updated Apr. 17, 2020; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Apr. 17, 2020

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