Private Security and Alarm Service Licensing

Private Security Service and Alarm Installation Service Companies

The City Clerk's Office is now accepting Private Security/Alarm Service Renewal Applications Online!

Your license expires on March 31. To download the application please click here. Any application that does not contain the following information will not be accepted, and will be sent back to you. This could cause a delay in getting your license. You MUST submit the following items with this application:

  1. A new copy of your $10,000 Bond running to the City of Boise
  2. A new copy of your $500,000 Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Boise as additional Insured
  3. Owner/Applicant Fingerprint Cards if out of area. Fingerprints will be taken in the office for local applicants.

Please mail the application and documents to: 

City Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 500
Boise, ID 83701

or deliver in person prior to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at

City Clerk's Office
150 N Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

 Patrol Agent or Alarm Installers License Prerequisites:

  • Completed and notarized Agent/Installer's Application and Fingerprint Cards or Background check form (renewals only)
  • $2,500.00 Bond running to the City of Boise and in full force and effect throughout the licensing period. (not required if covered by employer's bond)
  • For renewals, the applicant must provide proof that their previous or new bond is still current and the applicant must submit a new application and set of fingerprints.

Patrol Service or Alarm Service License Prerequisites:

  • Submit photos for uniform approval by licensing staff (5-19-3(b)) This must be done upon initial application and every three years thereafter.
  • Completed and notarized Service Application and Fingerprint Cards
  • $10,000 Fiduciary Bond Insurance, naming the City of Boise as the certificate holder. This bond is SEPERATE from the bond requirement of each Patrol Agent and Installer.
  • $500,000 Certificate of Liability Insurance, naming the City of Boise as the certificate holder.
  • This license is for the business owner and their business, all other employees must possess a separate Patrol Agents / Alarm Installers license.

Important Notes

  • This Chapter shall not apply to or include regularly appointed police officers of Boise City or to any regularly appointed police officer or law enforcement agent of the United States and of this State, or any political subdivision thereof while acting as their agent. (BCC 5-19-02 D)
  • Possession of an Idaho State concealed weapons permit will not exempt applicants from a FBI record check.

City Code


Uniform and Emblem Regulations
Boise City Code Title 5, Chapter 19, Section 3


A. It shall be unlawful for any private patrol or security service, or for any private patrol agent, to use or authorize the use of: Any uniform, clothing, uniform emblems or shoulder patches having a color, design and/or shape such as makes any of them individually, or some or all of them in the aggregate, appear indistinguishable from any uniform, uniform emblems and/or shoulder patches of the Boise City Police Department;

B. Every private patrol or security service and every private patrol agent who performs individually the functions of a private patrol or security service, prior to being licensed under this Chapter, shall obtain approval and authorization of any color, design or shape of any uniform, clothing, uniform emblems, badges and/or shoulder patches, to be utilized by such licensee. Application for such approval shall be made to the Licensing Officer, approval and authorization, if any, shall be made by that Officer in writing, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Boise City Police Department. The written approval and authorization, shall be attached to the application for license required by Section 5-19-4 of this Chapter and shall describe the color, design and shape of the uniform, patches, badges and/or emblems, as the case may be.

C. Every private patrol or security service, and every private patrol agent who individually performs the functions of a private patrol or security service, prior to being licensed under this Chapter, shall submit color photographs of a size no less than 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" inches depicting the following.

1. A full-figure view showing:
(a). The entire uniform, front-side facing without coat, as approved under BCC 5-19-3B.
(b). The entire uniform, left-side facing without coat, as approved under BCC 5-19-3B.

2. If a coat or other outer garment is to be worn at any time:
(a). The entire uniform, front-side facing with garment, as approved under BCC 5-19-3B.
(b). The entire uniform, left-side facing with garment, as approved under BCC 5-19-3B.

3. A close-up view of each and every badge, patch, or emblem to be worn by a private patrol agent, of sufficient clarity and detail to permit reading all wording on the badge, patch, or emblem form the photograph. These photographs shall be filed with the application in the office of the City Clerk, and shall be available to the Police Department upon request.

D. Approval and authorization of uniform clothing, uniform emblems, badges, and/or patches shall be obtained from the Licensing Officer before the addition, deletion, or change of any previously approved and authorized item, or every three (3) years whichever comes first.

E. Every Private patrol or Security Service, Licensed and Operating within the corporate city limits of Boise City as of March 1, 1992, shall be granted grandfather rights, in the use of only the uniform, patches, badge, and emblems approved for each company as of that date, and allowed until March 31, 1994, to meet the guidelines set forth by Boise City Police Department.

If you have any questions concerning the approved color schemes of any licensed Boise City Private Security or Alarm Installation Company, please call Susan Churchman at 972-8150.