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Corporate & Sarasota Region Office
ALERT Protective Services
5561 Marquesas Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233 
Office: (941) 554-8210
Fax: (941) 554-8209

Southwest Florida Region Office

ALERT Protective Services
5268 Summerlin Commons Way, Suite 501
Ft. Myers, FL 33907
Office: (239) 208-9267

Southeast Florida Region Office

ALERT Protective Services
8461 Lake Worth Rd, Ste 214
Lake Worth, FL 33467
Office: (561) 340-1426

Tampa Bay Region Office
ALERT Protective Services
7320 East Fletcher Avenue, Suite 117
Tampa, FL 33637
Office: (813) 490-1800

Security License FAQs

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services , Division of Licensing, licenses and regulates the private security industry in accordance with Chapter 493, Florida Statutes. Security officers and security agencies serve in positions of trust. Untrained and unlicensed persons or businesses, or persons not of good moral character are a threat to the public safety and welfare. The private security industry is regulated to ensure the interests of the public are adequately served and protected.

The information & FAQs below have been made available to inform prospective security officers and Florida citizens about licensing requirements.

Below is a list of the commonly asked questions regarding a "D" security office license as required by the Department of Agriculture, Division of Licensing. They are also shown on the DOL's website.

How do I apply for a security license?

Before applying for a class "D" (unarmed) security officer license,MOST applicants must successfully complete a total of 40 hours of training with a licensed security officer school and training facility.

  • Exceptions to this may be granted by the Division of Licensing for prior Law Enforcement experience and/or completion of a Florida (or equivalent) Police Academy.
  • Contact the Florida Division of Licensing DIRECTLY with questions on these training exceptions.

ALERT works with and refers to several security schools around Florida. In specific,

On Florida's EAST COAST:

ALERT is proud to work with Invictus security school, Invictus currently offers the security training classes in Palm Beach, Melbourne & Ft. Lauderdale. More information can be found in the "SECURITY SCHOOL" section of the CAREERS tab above, or at Invictus Security Academy website. In addition to their security academy, Invictus offers coursework for:Invictus Security Academy

On Florida's WEST COAST, in / around Sarasota:

ALERT is proud to work with American Directives Security Training school. American Directives currently offers "D" license classes in both Sarasota & Bonita Springs. More information can be found in the "SECURITY SCHOOL" section of the CAREERS tab above, or at American Directives website.

Upon successful completion of your "D" license training, the next step is to apply for your license through the Division of Licensing:

When the application is received, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation perform a criminal history record check to determine if the applicant has a criminal history which would disqualify him or her from licensure.

What types of licenses exist and how long will my license be valid?

For Individuals:

  • "D"- Unarmed Security Officer
  • "G" - Armed Security Officer
  • "M" or "MB"- Manager of a Security Agency

For Schools:

  • "DI"- Security Officer School or Training Facility Instructor
  • "DS"- Security Officer School or Training Facility

Licenses issued to individuals (including agency managers) and to schools/training facilities under the authority of Chapter 493, Florida Statutes, are valid for 2 years.

For Agencies:

  • "B"- Security Agency
  • "BB"- Security Agency Branch Office
  • "AB"- Combined Security and Private Investigative Agency Branch Office

Agency and agency branch office licenses issued under the authority of Chapter 493, Florida Statutes, are valid for a period of 3 years.

Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licenses issued under the authority of Section 790.06, Florida Statutes, are valid for a period of 5 years.

How can I check on the status of my application?

Depending on the location from which your application is mailed, it usually takes 7-10 days to reach the Division of Licensing. Normally, it requires about 10 business days after your application is received by the Division for your information to be entered into our database. Please take this into consideration before you check on-line (FS493 applicants only) or call. If you are individual or an agency seeking to provide private investigative services, security services, or recovery services, you can perform an online search to check the status of your application.

My license has expired. Can I renew it?

Individual and Agency Licensees Regulated under FS493 A license issued to an individual or agency regulated by Chapter 493, Florida Statutes, can be renewed if it has not been expired for more than three months. A late fee equal to the amount of the license fee is required in addition to the renewal license fee. If the license has been expired for longer than three months, the former licensee must re-apply for a new license.

Have questions?

The Division of Licensing website contains full details on licensure and the FAQs referenced above.

Contact ALERT with questions by email:

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