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    So, I've been working for a security company for seven months. I want to move to Las Vegas and I know that there are plenty of jobs for me. I plan on staying with the company until April when my year is up. What I want to know is if my guard card is good only in California or can I use it in other states. Anyone know?

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    Originally posted by SecurityDave View Post
    So, I've been working for a security company for seven months. I want to move to Las Vegas and I know that there are plenty of jobs for me. I plan on staying with the company until April when my year is up. What I want to know is if my guard card is good only in California or can I use it in other states. Anyone know?
    If you plan to move to another state, chances are much more than likely you will need to get that state's guard card. You CA card would be useless here unless you were working a security detail that carried you over our state line. I am assuming it would be the same for Vegas.
    "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
    "The Curve" 1998

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      Ok. Thanks. Too bad there isnt something like a "uniformed" card. You know. Valid where ever.

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        Yup, we simply have not reached the day in this country where we have a "National Standard" for security officers.
        "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
        "The Curve" 1998

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SecurityDave View Post
          So, I've been working for a security company for seven months. I want to move to Las Vegas and I know that there are plenty of jobs for me. I plan on staying with the company until April when my year is up. What I want to know is if my guard card is good only in California or can I use it in other states. Anyone know?
          Minnesota doesn't even have "guard cards." Here, you work under the license of the company.
          Apparently a HUGE cop wannabe...

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          • #6
            Ct

            If you move here or to NY, you need to get a new card.
            Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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            • #7
              I was told (no, haven't confirmed it) that at least some states will consider your CA training good and just issue you a card for that state.

              Hmmm, ten minute google search and all I could find was information relating to gaming security.

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              • #8
                Craigs response made me think of drivers license. In the fact that yes, when you move to another state you need to get a new license, but its usually easier to get the new one when you already have one. It makes me wonder if it works the same way with guard cards. May have to get a new one, but it maybe easier since I already have one.

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                • #9
                  We have something here called RPL - Recognition of Prior Learning which means you are assessed as to your competencies for prior experience and knowledge. I have licences in other states in Australia based on my state holding advanced levels of training (used to be) so that I never attended actual training courses but completed 1 module on local laws.
                  "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SecurityDave View Post
                    Craigs response made me think of drivers license. In the fact that yes, when you move to another state you need to get a new license, but its usually easier to get the new one when you already have one. It makes me wonder if it works the same way with guard cards. May have to get a new one, but it maybe easier since I already have one.
                    Driving is usually about the same from state to state, security, is not.
                    "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
                    "The Curve" 1998

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                    • #11
                      Pretty much, most states have language to allow 'recognition' or 'reciprocity', but don't actually define other state licenses as transferable. It stems from the simple fact that state training is so varied.

                      In Minnesota, there's a few hours of pre-assignment training. That's it. In Florida, there's 40 hours of unarmed training. In California, another 40 hours. SEIU had suggested that NYS adopt a 40 hour course (Florida's without the safety aspects, only 'customer service,' removing any talk of what dangers you face on the job), etc.

                      These courses are usually similar in topic only, and then, its only a bullet list of information that a certified instructor should teach.
                      Some Kind of Commando Leader

                      "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                      • #12
                        Pennsylvania has to be one of the states with the fewest laws. I love it here.

                        No registration or licensing for security officer

                        Few restrictions on firearms ownership and Concealed Carry permits

                        Few restrictions on buying firearms and high cap magazines.

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