Armed Guard and Security Guard Licenses

(Sections 13-46 through 13-62, Columbia Code of Ordinances)

Guard License Applications can now be processed online. If you haven’t registered for a license account, please create your account utilizing the Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal

If you are not applying via the Citizen Self Services (CSS) portal, click >armedopens PDF file or security unarmedopens PDF file for your application forms or email The completed application, required documents and payment of fees may be submitted via our online website, regular mail, placed in the dropbox (in an envelope marked “business license”) located at the back of the City building at 701 East Broadway, or placed in the Business License mail drop box located inside City Hall, 701 E. Broadway. A headshot photo of the applicant, as well as a copy of the applicant’s drivers’ license, are required via email to business.license@como.govcreate new email.

Upon approval, an email will be forwarded to the guard company and an armed or unarmed license will be issued. 

Our mailing address is:

Business License Division,
P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205

Phone: 573.874.7549 or 573.874.7378

How much are the application fees? 


Unarmed (security) guard: $20
Armed guard: $25
MO Criminal Records Check: $17
Out-of-state fee:  Click here to view out-of-state feesopens PDF file .

All applicants must complete the State of Missouri Disclosure and Authorization Form. If you have resided outside of Missouri during the past five years, please complete the Out-of-State Disclosure and Authorization Form.