Frequently asked questions private security employer

This page contains answers to frequently asked questions about the private security employer application and license. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to apply for a private security employer license?

In-house security companies must apply for a private security employer license, as they are not allowed to employ security guards.

Companies interested in becoming private security employers,  will need to obtain a new private security employer license before starting their hiring of security guards.

 

Will I be able to apply online?

All applications have moved online. Companies can visit Excise and Licenses in person if they want to have a licensing technician walk them through the online application.

 

Can a bar or hotel that doesn't hold a private security employer license continue to hire security guards?

Bars and restaurants that hold in-house security status will not be eligible to employ security guards. These entities must apply for a private security employer license before employing security guards.

 

Can private security employers provide mandatory training for security guards?

Only if the private security employer is an eligible training provider

 

I have more questions

If the basic questions above or the application information below does not answer your questions, go to the main security guard FAQ page for more information.

You can also call 311 with your questions.

 

I'm struggling with the online application

Refer to the online application guides below for a step-by-step walk-through of how to fill out the online application. 

New Security Guard Online Application Guide(PDF, 3MB)

Renewal Security Guard Online Application Guide(PDF, 754KB)

New Private Security Guard Online Application Guide(PDF, 2MB)

Renewal Private Security Guard Online Application Guide(PDF, 1MB)

If you are experiencing what could be an issue with our website, email us at licenses@denvergov.org with details of the issue.

 

Private Security Employer Application Documents

Affidavit of criminal and employment history

An affidavit of criminal and employment history is used to ensure general manager applicants are of good moral character. All questions should be answered truthfully.

All questions must be answered and five years of employment (or education) history must be provided. Incomplete forms will be rejected.

Affidavit of criminal and employment history form(PDF, 869KB)

 

Vehicle liability insurance

If a company is seeking a vehicle endorsement, it must maintain liability insurance coverage for the term of the license, demonstrating a minimum combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage per occurrence of $500,000.

The liability insurance must cover any vehicles that are authorized for guards to use while providing security services, including the guards' personal cars.

 

Certificate of insurance

Private security employers must maintain the following minimum insurance requirements for the term of their license:

  • Employer's liability insurance - minimum $100,000
  • General liability insurance - minimum $1 million combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage per occurrence
  • Workers' compensation insurance - minimum $100,000

 

Declaration of uniform design

All security guards, unless working within the parameters of an approved plainclothes endorsement, must wear an approved uniform while providing security services.

Uniform designs are submitted to Denver Excise and Licenses for approval through a declaration of uniform design(PDF, 1010KB) form upon application for a new license or a renewal.  The company will provide photographs or renderings of proposed uniform design(s), that are reviewed to determine compliance. 

  • You can use several designs, but each design must be submitted for review and approval.
  • A new uniform design must be submitted for any non-identical set of verbiage, font, image, badge, and/or patch.
  • Once approved, it can be used on any type of clothing (i.e. shirts, coats, vests, etc.).

If the company wants to have several uniform designs approved, they should submit a distinct declaration of uniform design(PDF, 1010KB) form for each one.

 

Employer's liability insurance

Employer's liability insurance protects employers from financial loss if a worker has a job-related injury or illness not covered by workers' compensation. 

All private security employers must maintain minimum insurance requirements for the term of their license:

  • Employer's liability insurance - minimum $100,000
  • General liability insurance - minimum $1 million combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage per occurrence
  • Workers' compensation insurance - minimum $100,000

 

FBI background check

All general managers for a private security employer must provide a copy of their active security guard license or an affidavit of criminal and employment history(PDF, 869KB) and an FBI background check to ensure the applicant is eligible for licensing and of good moral character.

FBI background checks must be run within 60 days of the application.

 

General liability insurance

General liability insurance provides coverage to a business for bodily injury, personal injury and property damage caused by the business' operations, products, or injury that happens on the business' premises.

All private security employers must maintain minimum insurance requirements for the term of their license:

  • Employer's liability insurance - minimum $100,000
  • General liability insurance - minimum $1 million combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage per occurrence
  • Workers' compensation insurance - minimum $100,000

 

Request for vehicle endorsement

A vehicle endorsement allows a private security employer to authorize their security guards to use vehicles during the performance of security services. A vehicle endorsement is required whether the vehicles to be used are owned by the employer, the guards, or another entity.

A private security employer can apply for this endorsement by submitting a request for vehicle endorsement(PDF, 900KB) form. Private security employers will provide photographs or renderings of proposed vehicle design(s), that are reviewed to determine ordinance compliance. Remember:

  • Each vehicle design must be submitted for review and approval before using it.
  • A new vehicle design must be submitted for any non-identical set of verbiage, font, decal, and/or special paint design.
  • Once approved, it can be used on any vehicle, regardless of the make and model.

If the company wants to have multiple uniform designs approved, it needs to submit a distinct  request for vehicle endorsement(PDF, 900KB) form for each one.

 

Request for weapons endorsement

A weapons endorsement allows a private security employer to authorize their security guards to use weapons while working. Weapons typically are defined as firearms, stun guns, batons, or pepper spray, but any other weapon the employer wants to use must be approved through the appropriate weapons endorsement.

A private security employer can apply for this endorsement by submitting a request for weapons endorsement(PDF, 942KB) form.  Remember:

  • The weapons endorsement is associated only with the specific weapons outlined in the private security employer application.
  • A private security employer will not add or modify the weapons it provides or authorizes for use before receiving approval.
  • It is the private security employer's responsibility to ensure all of its security guards are properly trained in the use of any weapons before they are authorized to carry them. 

 

Valid state or federally issued identification

This is generally a valid driver's license. For other forms of valid ID, see the list of acceptable forms of ID.

 

Valid Denver security guard license

General managers can provide a copy of their valid Denver security guard license in lieu of an affidavit of criminal and employment history(PDF, 869KB) and an FBI background check within the last 60 days. They can provide the valid Denver security guard license because they have proved they are of good moral character through the security guard licensing process.

 

Workers' compensation insurance

Workers' compensation insurance provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who are injured during employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue their employer for the tort of negligence.

All private security employers must maintain minimum insurance requirements for the term of their license:

  • Employer's liability insurance - minimum $100,000
  • General liability insurance - minimum $1 million combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage per occurrence
  • Workers' compensation insurance - minimum $100,000

 

Online Application User Guides

Application status check-in

To check on the status of an application through the online portal, download the application status check-in guide(PDF, 457KB).

 

Document correction guide

If you receive a notice of application deficiency email, download the document correction guide(PDF, 1005KB) for step-by-step instructions on how to proceed.

 

Online application guide - new private security employer license

If you are struggling with the online application, download the new private security employer license application guide(PDF, 2MB).