The demand for security officers in New Jersey is strong. Here is a booklet regarding licensing in the state. The Security Officer Registration Act (SORA) is a state Act that establishes standards and regulations regarding the licensing of security officers.
From the booklet:
b. “Security officer” means any person who performs any of the following functions or activities as an employee, agent or subcontractor of a security officer company as defined in subsection c. of this section for a fee, hire or reward, notwithstanding the fact that other functions and activities may also be performed by the same person for fee, hire or reward:
(1) protection of person or property, real or personal, from injury or harm or for any other purpose whatsoever;
(2) deterrence, observation, detection or reporting of incidents and activities for the purpose of preventing the theft, or the unlawful taking, conversion, concealment or misappropriation of goods, wares, merchandise, money, bonds, stocks, notes or other valuable instruments, documents, papers or articles; or
(3) deterrence, observation, detection or reporting of incidents and activities for the purpose of preventing any unauthorized or unlawful activity, including but not limited to, robbery, burglary, arson, criminal mischief, vandalism or trespass.
The term shall not mean or include, and nothing in this act shall apply to, any law enforcement officer of this State, or any political subdivision of the State, while in the actual performance of his duties. For the purposes of this section, a law enforcement officer shall be deemed to be in the actual performance of his duties if the law enforcement officer is in uniform, or is exhibiting evidence of his authority, is performing public safety functions on behalf of and as assigned by his chief of police or the chief law enforcement officer of his law enforcement agency and is receiving compensation, if any, from his law enforcement agency at the rates or stipends as are established by law. A law enforcement officer shall not be deemed to be in the actual performance of his duties, for the purposes of this section, if the law enforcement officer is performing private security functions or activities for a private employer while receiving compensation for those duties from the private employer, and a law enforcement officer shall not wear his uniform, or otherwise exhibit evidence of his authority as a law enforcement officer, while performing private security functions or activities for a private employer.
Security Officer Initial – $75.00
Security Officer Renewal – $80.25
Instructor Initial – $225.00
Instructor Renewal – $125.00
Security Agency Owner Initial – $300.00
Security Agency Owner Renewal Application- $220.25
Security Agency Initial Licensing Fee – $500.00
Security Agency Licensing Renewal Fee – $500.00 (each location)
Security Agency (Location Change) – $200.00
Security Agency (Add Location) – $500.00 (each)
Bounty Hunter Initial – $300.00
Bounty Hunter Renewal – $220.25