How to Become a Security Guard in South Dakota

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South Dakota is home to a variety of state parks and historical locations, making it a hub for tourists from all over the country. From Mount Rushmore to Badlands National, there are many attractions across the Midwestern state that have a need for security guards. South Dakota is unique in the fact that its requirements are not as rigorous as other states, making it a perfect place for an aspiring security guard to get a foot in the door.

Unarmed Security Guard Requirements in South Dakota

In the State of South Dakota, there are no regulations or fees to become a security guard. There are only a few basic requirements to be met. Those who wish to become a security guard in South Dakota must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • not have been convicted of a felony, any sexual offense, or a crime that would question the honesty and integrity of the person

Armed Security Guard Requirements in South Dakota

While there are no regulations to becoming an armed security guard, there may be requirements for carrying firearms in the Mount Rushmore State, which varies by city. There are also some basic requirements to meet that may better your chances of landing an armed security guard job. You should:

  • be at least 21 years old
  • hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien
  • have no convictions or history of drug or alcohol use
  • have not been convicted of fraud
  • submit to fingerprinting
  • hold a South Dakota state driver’s license

Whether you must complete firearms training varies by city; contact your local county clerk for requirements. Basic requirements might include a weapons permit, a more extensive background check, and proof of firearms training and safety from a certified instructor.

Contact the attorney general’s office for more information at 605-773-3215.

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