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NOTICE: SOMB will be closed on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm due to an agency-wide meeting. Normal office hours will resume on Thursday, December 19, 2019.


General Information

The District of Columbia manages the licensure of Security professionals within the District, and protects Security professionals and consumers by upholding the District of Columbia Security license law and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for Security Officers — Title 6A, Chapter 11 and Title 17 Chapters 20 and 21.

For Range Instructor and certification information, please visit the Metropolitan Police Department at https://mpdc.dc.gov/firearms or email gregory.hibbard@dc.gov.

For additional information, you may visit the Security Officers Management Branch at the following address:

2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20009

(202) 671-0500

or email: opla.security@dc.gov

Hours of Operation: M, T, W, Th (8am-2pm); F (appointment only)

Schedule an appointment online https://dcrasomb.setmore.com

Look up License

Need to find the status of a licensee? Click here.

Licensing Services

To apply for a license or access the online portal, please click here.

Existing or previous licensees should log in with their license number and password. If you have any questions or need assistance with accessing your existing license record, please contact a customer service representative at 1-866-270-9817.

Fingerprints: Schedule an appointment here

Agencies located outside the DC Metropolitan Area it is recommended that your responsible person make a fingerprint appointment online and report in person; otherwise, please contact MPD Civilian Fingerprinting for guidance for submitting fingerprint cards and the approved method of payment. Telephone 202-727-4409 or Email: SOMB.adminbox@dc.gov Fingerprint cards with mailed payments are suspended until further notice.

Civilian Fingerprinting – AFIS
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Room 3054
Washington, DC 20001


Training and Examination Requirements

Information on current training requirements for the private security industry can be found by clicking here.

Exams may be scheduled online by clicking here or by phone:

1. Dial (800) 733-9267
2. Select Option 1 for government and state exams
3. Select Option 2 for District of Columbia exams

Exam fee: $52.00

Application Process

Licensing Staff

  • Patrice Richardson – Program Manager
  • Erin Posey – Administrator
  • Nakia Booker – Program Support Specialist
  • Ronald Holmes – Program Support Specialist
  • Stephon Garrett - Program Support Specialist
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