Licensing as a Security Guard in the “Prairie State” Illinois is managed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. In order to attain your armed Security Officer license you will have to complete state required armed Security Guard training. The armed Security Guard license must be renewed every 3 years and must be valid throughout your period of employment. The license shall be renewed upon proof that the employee has been re-qualified on the firing range within one year preceding the renewal date and also that the employee continues to be employed by the agency to which the card was issued.

If you’ve determined that you would like to get your Illinois armed security guard license here are the basic requirements to be met by the registrant:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Applicants for Illinois Security Officer Firearms Control Card (Tan Card)Certification must complete a course of instruction approved by the Department.
  • Must provide employer a set of passport style pictures.
  • Must provide to employer a set of fingerprints on a standard FBI fingerprint card.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony, any sexual offense or any crime that would tend to question the honesty and integrity of the person.
  • Must meet and maintain the qualifications set and approved by the Department.
  • Must complete the Illinois state required unarmed PERC security guard training.

Some of the topics to be covered in the Connecticut 20 hour armed Security Officer training course are:

  • Legal use of firearms
  • Ethical and moral considerations of weapons use
  • Liability for acts while armed;
  • Use of force continuum
  • Search, seizure and arrest procedures while armed
  • Firearm safety and maintenance
  • Other required armed Security Guard Training

Connecticut is a great place to start your career and the first steps are your security guard license and security guard training. Become a vital part of the community – with our Connecticut Security Jobs Board, you’ll see how many doors proper security licensing can open.


Licensing Body:
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

Illinois Section 1240.200