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Security Officers Management Branch (SOMB)

 

Effective January 2, 2014, the processing of all license applications, including license renewals, for private detectives, private investigators, special police officers, and security officers will be handled by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), although final signoff of each application will still be done by the Metropolitan Police Department, Security Officers Management Branch (SOMB). As a result, individuals interested in working in the private security industry should visit the Pearson Vue website at the following link:

http://www.pearsonvue.com/dc/security

DCRA staff will be working at the current Security Officers Management Branch location of 2000 14th Street, Northwest, Suite 302.  The DCRA staff will be willing to assist individuals with questions and concerns as it relates to the initial application and renewal processes for security officers and special police officers.

The tables below list the application fees charged by DCRA. Please note that the fees reflect the license having a two-year term, rather than the previous one-year term.

 

 

New License Application Fees
License Type License Fees Breakdown of License Fees
Security Officer Individual License
(2 Year License)
Total: $138
$103 payable to Pearson VUE
$35 payable to DC Treasurer
$65 Application fee
$38 License fee
$35 Criminal History Report
Special Police Officer Individual License Total: $119
$84 payable to Pearson VUE,
$35 payable to DC Treasurer
$65 Application fee
$19 License fee
$35 Criminal History Report

 

License Renewal Fees
License Type License Fees Breakdown of License Fees
Security Officer Individual License
(2 Year License)
Total: $103
payable to Pearson VUE
$65 Application fee 
$38 License fee
Special Police Officer Individual License Total: $119
$84 payable to Pearson VUE
$35 payable to DC Treasurer
$65 Application fee
$19 License fee
$35 Criminal History Report
** Note: A $50 late fee will be charged for renewal of a license that has expired **

DCRA will also license Private Detectives and Private Security Agencies per the fee schedule below.

New License Application Fees
License Type License Fees Breakdown of License Fees
Private Detective Business $500 $65 Application fee 
$435 Business License fee
Private Detective Agency Individual Owner $500 $65 Application fee 
$435 Business License fee
Private Detective $500 $65 Application fee 
$435 Business License fee
Private Investigator License $500 $65 Application fee 
$435 Business License fee
Security Business and Campus Special Police Department $1,000 $65 Application fee 
$935 Business License fee
Security Individual Owner $500 $65 Application fee 
$435 Business License fee
** All new agency owners and private detectives will be required to be fingerprinted **

 

Agency License Renewal Fees
License Type License Fees Breakdown of License Fees
Private Detective Business $500 $65 Application fee
$435 Business License fee
Private Detective Agency Individual Owner $412 $65 Application fee
$347 Business License fee
Private Detective $412 $65 Application fee
$347 Business License fee
Security Business and Campus Special Police Department $500 $65 Application fee 
$435 Business License fee
Security Individual Owner $250 $65 Application fee 
$185 Business License fee
** Note: A $50 late fee will be charged for renewal of a Private Detective Business license or Security Individual Owner license that has expired **

SOMB will continue to issue licenses for Firearms Instructors per the fee schedule below.

Firearms Instructor License Fees
License Type License Fees
Firearms Instructor License Application $206 payable to the DC Treasurer
Firearms Instructor License Renewal $206 payable to the DC Treasurer

DCRA is moving toward online filing of the entire license application and renewal process. This will assist in faster processing of applications and renewals. This webpage will be updated to reflect any new online processing changes.

Regulations
All Special Police Officers, Security Officers and Private Detective Agency Owners are required to have knowledge of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations Title 6A, Chapter 11 and Title 17 Chapters 20 and 21.

Contact the Security Officers Management Branch:

2000 14th Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 671-0500
Fax: (202) 673-7418

Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Hours of Operation (at the Security Officers Management Branch location):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8 am - 2 pm
Fridays: Appointment only