There is no license required to be an unarmed security guard in the State of Alabama. Security companies, however, will require its prospective security personnel applying for license to meet the following criteria:
1. Be at least 18 years old for unarmed guards.
2. Have a high school diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent certificate.
3. No felonies or violent criminal convictions.
4. Security guards have to go through state-approved training.
5. Must submit to a background check and fingerprinting.
6. Have a valid driver’s license.
7. For a guard to be armed in Alabama the applicant needs to be at least 21 years old and must be licensed by the state authorities to carry a firearm for personal use. This means paying a licensing fee and passing a criminal background check in order to obtain the license. The armed security guard in the State of Alabama is also required to have a higher amount of training than the unarmed security guard.
Finally, the applicant must not have a disqualifying mental condition that would preclude them from carrying out their responsibilities as a security officer. Compared to unarmed security guards, armed guards typically enjoy higher earnings and benefits.