As one of the largest sectors in the world, the security sector is always in need of qualified, passionate individuals who are dedicated to keeping the people and property they are entrusted with safe.

It only makes sense that to work security you will need to meet several requirements, including having a fingerprint-based background check.

Read on to learn about the different types of security jobs in Nevada, what each requires, and why it is important to include background checks as part of the hiring process.

Security Jobs in Nevada and Across the U.S.

Are you considering a career in security? Great choice! You are likely on the path to a meaningful and challenging career that directly helps others. The security field is broad, and there are many specialized entry-level positions that, with continued education and training, can lead to advancement.

Due to its amazing resorts and casinos and the sheer number of visitors, Nevada security jobs are in high demand. Here are just some of the types of security positions available in Nevada:

  • Armored Car Guards – Many organizations, including retail, banks, casinos, and even schools will request armored services when they are transporting money or valuables that they are not comfortable handling on their own. The minimum age for an armed guard is typically twenty-one. Employees may require a Commercial Driver’s License and other training.
  • Private Investigators—These individuals perform fraud, forensic, missing persons, loss and theft, and other types of investigations as well as background checks depending on the types of investigative services requested by the employer.
  • Private Patrolman—A Nevada private patrol officer is responsible for employing and providing guards or officers for the people or properties they have been hired to protect.
  • Repossessors—Repossessors locate individuals who have defaulted on payment for merchandise to collect payment or retrieve merchandise for a creditor. This often involves the retrieval of vehicles.
  • Canine Handlers—Dog handlers study dog behavior and effectively train canines for work in law enforcement and search-and-rescue as well as various other fields. Canine handlers are often employed by police departments and the military.
  • Process Servers—These individuals are involved in several tasks, including filing court papers, retrieving documents, and locating and serving legal documents to defendants, witnesses, and others involved in court cases in compliance with state law.
  • Security Guards—These individuals have a number of responsibilities, including protecting people and property from theft, vandalism, and other crimes by physically patrolling specific areas or doing so via video surveillance. Nevada security guards can find positions in places like airports, apartments, armored vehicles, banks, casinos, colleges, government offices, hotels, hospitals, nightclubs, parking facilities, private offices, private armed security, schools, and other industries. They can be armed or unarmed positions depending on the employer.
  • Security Officers—People in these positions are responsible for the protection and safety of patrons, employees, patients, or guests in places like hotels, hospitals, and casinos. Responsibilities can include monitoring surveillance equipment and patrolling designated areas, controlling traffic, monitoring entries, observing and reporting irregularities, completing reports, and more. Security officers may be responsible for other security staff.
  • Mystery Shoppers—These secret shoppers, who must be employees of a licensed private investigator in Nevada, are used by banks, stores, and other businesses to gauge customer service, the quality of products, and the overall impressions of an establishment by making purchases, interacting with company employees, and writing and filing reports indicating findings.

The Background Check Process for Security Positions in Nevada

Fingerprint-based criminal background checks are required by the Nevada Private Investigator’s Licensing Board for many security jobs. Pursuant to NRS 648.040, the board requires that full fingerprints be forwarded to the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the applicant’s criminal history.

Because security professionals are entrusted with a certain amount of authority and are privy to sensitive information, it is crucial to make sure applicants are of good moral character and will not abuse the position.

For this reason, felony convictions that question an applicant’s character, involve dangerous weapons, or involve controlled substances within the last five years will disqualify the applicant from receiving a security guard card.

The Nevada Registration Work Card Application Process

The first step to working in private security in Nevada is to obtain your registration work card. You can do this by visiting the Nevada Private Investigator’s Licensing Board website and clicking “work cards/ registered employee services.”

From there, you can apply online or download a paper application. You must turn in all required checklist items before your application will be processed.

Here’s what you will need in order to apply for your registration work card:

  •  A fully completed application
  • A copy of two forms of identification (social security card, birth certificate, and/or driver’s license or ID) or a non-expired US Passport if applicable
  • For non-citizens, a permanent resident card or work authorization is required
  • For security guards only, completion of a 30-question exam
  • Payment of PILB fees by cashier’s check or money order by mail or online via credit card (fees don’t include the costs of fingerprints/photos)
  • Fingerprints (PILB payment must be received before fingerprints are taken)
  • A 2×2 inch color passport-type photo (can be obtained from your fingerprint location)

Licensing Requirements for Specific Security Positions

Whether you want to be an armed or unarmed security guard, a private patrolman, or enter a related security field, it is important to do your research to see what specific requirements are necessary for your security license in your state.

To learn about specific licensing information for private patrolman, private investigator, repossessor, canine handler, security consultant, polygraphic examiner, or process server, click here.

Your Single Source for Security License Fingerprinting and Photos in Nevada

At Fingerprinting Express, we specialize in helping applicants meet the requirements to become registered and/or licensed security professionals in Nevada. As a board-approved private agency authorized to complete fingerprinting services, we can assist with the process!

Fingerprinting Express has a connection to the state of Nevada to run a Criminal History Report within all 17 counties, including SCOPE. Results are available within 24-72 hours.

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