Armed Guard and Security Guard Licenses

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

Application forms for armed or security (unarmed) guard licenses may be obtained from the Business License Office, 701 East Broadway, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205.  Completed applications must be submitted with the appropriate fees to the Business License Office, located on the 5th Floor at 701 E Broadway. A picture ID is required which must be displayed while on duty. Armed guards must also pass a safety and firearms skills test administered by the Columbia Police Department.

How much are the application fees? 
  • Unarmed (security) guard: $20
  • Armed guard: $25
  • Criminal Records Check
    • A criminal records check from the applicant’s resident state will be obtained by the Business License Office upon the completion of a “Disclosure and Authorization Form to Obtain Background Report” by the applicant.  The investigation fee for a Missouri records check is $17.  Please contact the Business License Office to receive fee information for out of state records checks.