FAQ - Armored Car Guard

What are the licensing requirements for Armored Car Guard?

What are the fees, terms of licensure?

What forms of payment does the Department of State accept?

Where do I get fingerprinted and what are the fees?

Is a copy of my training certificate acceptable?

Am I eligible for a training waiver?


What are the licensing requirements for Armored Car Guard??

• Armored car guards must hold either a conditional letter of authority or a valid registration card immediately.

Fingerprint completion

• Training Requirements:

Armored car guards are required to complete training programs recognized by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Those courses are: 47-hour firearms and an 8-hour firearms annual in-service.

Police or Peace Officer Training Waiver:

• Active police officers: Not required to complete any training.

• Peace officers:

• 47-hour firearms training -- If you have completed the basic peace officers course "with" firearms training, submit that certificate along with your application packet to the Department of State. This will exempt you from the 47-hour firearms training requirement.

• 8-hour annual in-service firearms -- If you have completed the annual firearms training, submit that certificate to the Department of State.

General Waiver from 47-Hour Firearms Training:
Any applicant who demonstrates to the satisfaction of DCJS that they have already taken training which meets or exceeds the 47-hour firearms training may request a waiver from DCJS by mailing a completed waiver application along with proof to DCJS, DCJS, Alfred E. Smith Building 80 South Swan St., Albany, New York 12210. The waiver application may be obtained by contacting DCJS directly at (518) 457-4135. If approved, DCJS will issue you a letter granting you a waiver based on past training. Submit that letter along with your application packet to the Department of State, P.O. Box 22001 Albany, NY 12201-2001.

What are the fees, terms of registration?

What forms of payment does the Department of State accept?

You may pay by check or money order made payable to the Department of State or charge any fee to MasterCard or Visa.

Where do I get fingerprinted and what are the fees?

Is a copy of my training certificate acceptable?

Yes

Am I eligible for a training waiver?

You may be eligible for a training waiver:

Firearms training requirements: Armored car guards are required to complete training programs recognized by DCJS, including a 47-hour firearms course and an 8-hour firearms annual in-service course.

If you can demonstrate to the satisfaction of DCJS that you have already taken training which meets or exceeds the 47-hour firearms training, you may request a waiver from DCJS. Waivers may be requested from DCJS by contacting them directly at (518) 457-4135, or writing them at DCJS, Alfred E. Smith Building 80 South Swan St., Albany, New York 12210. If approved, they will provide a waiver letter to be submitted with the application.

Active duty police officers: Must register and complete training: Active duty police officers must register with the Department of State to perform services as an armored car guard. Active duty police officers are not required to complete any firearms training. However, you must submit a certification of status with your application for armored car guard. This certifies that you are an active duty police officer in good standing. Certifications of status must be on official letterhead and be signed by either the chief or personnel officer.

Individuals previously employed as police officers are considered civilians. A police officer who has retired within the last five years, may qualify for a waiver from the 47-hour firearms training. Waivers may be requested from DCJS by contacting them directly at (518) 457-4135, or writing them at DCJS, Alfred E. Smith Building 80 South Swan St., Albany, New York 12210. If approved, they will provide a waiver letter to be submitted with the application.

Individuals who are no longer active duty police officers and do not qualify for a waiver, must complete the 47-hour firearms training course.

Peace officers: Must register and complete training: Active duty peace officers must register with the Department of State to perform services as an armored car guard. Active duty peace officers may be exempt from further firearms training if you have already taken training which meets or exceeds the 47-hour firearms training.

Active duty peace officers who have completed the basic course for peace officers with long firearms may submit their basic course certificates with their applications.

A certificate for the basic course is valid for five years from the date of retirement. Retired peace officers who have had the long firearms training, may qualify for a waiver. Waivers may be requested from DCJS by contacting them directly at (518) 457-4135, or writing them at DCJS, Alfred E. Smith Building 80 South Swan St., Albany, New York 12210. If approved, DCJS will provide a waiver letter to be submitted with the application.

Individuals who are no longer active duty peace officers and do not have a valid basic course certificate, or do not qualify for a waiver, must complete the 47-hour firearms training course.