FAQ - Watch, Guard, or Patrol Agency

What are the requirements to be a licensed Watch, Guard, or Patrol Agency?

What are the fees, terms of licensure?

What forms of payment does the Department of State accept?

What do the terms "experience" and "equivalent position and experience" mean?

If I have an employment agency license, can I also obtain a WGP license?


What are the requirements to be a licensed Watch, Guard, or Patrol Agency?

You must be 25 years of age, a principal in the business and have passed the examination within the last two years. You must be free of disqualifying criminal convictions. In addition, you must demonstrate either two years' experience or two years' equivalent position and experience. ALL applicants must be fingerprinted.

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 do the terms "experience" and "equivalent position and experience" mean?

"Experience" is defined as two years of full-time security experience, such as sheriff, police officer, or security guard in a governmental agency or with a licensed private investigator or WGP agency.

Generally speaking, "equivalent experience" is defined as two years in a position where the primary duties were the performance of security guard services or two years' experience reviewing and supervising the work of at least three persons performing security services.

If I have an employment agency license, can I also obtain a WGP license?

No. If you have an employment agency license, or are a member of a partnership, or an officer or a holder of any stock in a corporation, or have any financial interest or participation in the control and management of any employment agency, you are NOT eligible to hold a WGP license.