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Security Guard Card Training Program

The State of Connecticut has approved Hartford Public Library's Security Officer Training Program, commonly known as the "Guard Card" class. The successful completion of this one-day program will qualify candidates to apply for a Security Officer ID card issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection. (C.G.S. Sec 29-161q)

Class Fee:

$100* payable by check or money order only

Registration and payment are required before class.

(refer to the schedule below)

Contact us:

Phone: (860) 695-7380

Class Location:


Class Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM



Class Dates

Registration Deadlines

Wednesday, January 17

Wednesday, January 10

Wednesday, February 14

Wednesday, February 7

Wednesday, March 13

Wednesday, March 6

Wednesday, April 10

Wednesday, April 3

Wednesday, May 15

Wednesday, May 8

Wednesday, June 12

Wednesday, June 5



NOTECurrently, due to the Main Library's closure, payments and registration can be dropped off at the Albany branch location information here.

*Cancellations three business days prior to class will be refunded $75.00 (*$25.00 of the $100.00 fee is nonrefundable) 

*No refunds for individuals who do not cancel three business days prior to the scheduled class, or attend class but leave early. 



  • Call the CT Dept. of Emergency Services & Public Protection with any questions at (860) 685-8046, including if you lose your license.
  • Your license is good for five years. It costs $100 every five years to renew your license. You do not have to retake the course as long as you do not let it expire.

If the license is expired for more than 30 days, you are treated as a brand new student. You will have to retake the class and pay all the fees like a new student.

  • Contact the CT Dept. of Emergency Services & Public Protection at (860) 685-8046 or email them at 

After the Class

After completing the course, applicants will be responsible for the following:

--> Filling out the application (DPS135C)

--> Copy of current driver’s license

--> 1 passport style photo

--> Obtaining fingerprints

--> Complete naturalization paperwork (if applicable)

--> Checks or money orders for:

  • $100 application fee
  • $75 CT background check 
  • $13.25 FBI check

The class instructor will provide more details about what you need to do to apply for a Guard Card.

Hartford Public Library 

Central Branch:  500 Main Street. Hartford, CT 06103 
Phone: 860-695-6300 | Text: 860-530-4376 | Email: | Chat:
For Branch locations and hours, click here