FAQ - Security/Fire Alarm Installer Industry

What are the requirements to be a licensed Security/Fire Alarm Installer?

What are the fees, terms of licensure?

What forms of payment does the Department of State accept?

What are the educational requirements and where can I go for courses?

What does an "alarm installer" do?

Do I need a license to install an alarm system in a motor vehicle?

Do I need a license to install a battery operated smoke detector?

Does my employee need a license to install a system on my property?

I am a Master Electrician. Do I need an alarm installer license?

How do I renew?


What are the requirements to be a licensed Security/Fire Alarm Installer?

Submit an application to the Department of State which shows:
• you are at least 18 years of age
• completion of at least 81 hours of qualifying education
• passage of an alarm installer examination
• freedom from disqualifying criminal convictions
• submit proof of fingerprint completion

What are the fees, terms of licensure?

What forms of payment does the Department of State accept?

Money Orders, Company Checks or Cashier's Checks only. Must be made payable to the NYS Department of State. Do Not Mail Cash. "NO PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS"

What are the educational requirements and where can I go for courses?

Applicants are required to submit evidence of education which demonstrates sufficient training in installing, servicing or maintaining of security or fire alarm systems. The 81 hours of course work may be completed in any course of study which has been approved by the Department. The courses may be given by trade associations or other private entities. List of approved course

What does an "alarm installer" do?

An "alarm installer" installs, services or maintains security or fire alarm systems to detect intrusion, break-in, movement, sound or fire. Any entity which engages in the business of providing any of these services must be licensed by the Department as an alarm installer.

Do I need a license to install an alarm system in a motor vehicle?

No. A license is not required to install systems on motor vehicles, boats or airplanes.

Do I need a license to install a battery operated smoke detector?

No. A license is not required to install a battery operated smoke detection device. However, a person who is in the business of installing a hard wired smoke detector must be licensed.

Does my employee need a license to install a system on my property?

No. If a purchaser or owner personally installs the alarm system, or has it installed by an employee on his or her own property or place of business, a license is not required.

I am a Master Electrician. Do I need an alarm installer license?

A Master Electrician who practices only within his or her local jurisdiction must register with the Department. However, all licensing requirements are waived, including the submission of fingerprints. A Master Electrician who wishes to engage in the business of alarm installation outside of his local jurisdiction must be licensed by the Department. Education, experience and exam requirements are waived for applicants, but each applicant must submit fingerprints. See Master Electrician Waiver.

How do I renew?

Approximately 90 days prior to the expiration of your original, two-year term of licensure, a computer generated renewal form will be sent to you. Simply complete the form, enclose the renewal fee of $100 and return as directed.