SORA Certification Details

When a security officer applies for certification, he or she will have 30 days from the time of application to obtain training, pass the course, and get fingerprinted. Once certification has been granted, it is portable- it belongs to the security officer, like a driver's license, and the certification card will be mailed to the address entered on the security officer’s certification application.

The Certified Security Officer Registry will list certified officers by name, certification number and expiration date only.

  • It will not provide employment histories on the officer.
  • It is still up to the prospective employer to conduct a background check and verify the information listed on the employment application.
SORA training now MANDATORY

The SORA law has gone into effect in January 2007, all security officers MUST be SORA certified to work in New Jersey as a security officer. As part of this new law any person employed to perform a security function and is not SORA certified is subject to a $1,000 fine PERSONALLY.

Candidates for certification must apply on-line, at the New Jersey State Police website ( Please make sure to have a credit card or debit card available before applying, as there is a $75.00fee.

SORA Candidates Require Proper Identification

NJ Guard Training Academy's, Certified Instructors must verify each person's identity. This can be verified through presentation of any of the following:

  • A valid photo identification with a valid expiration date (an out of state Driver’s License is acceptable);
  • An expired New Jersey photo drivers license in combination with a current non - photo license,
  • AND temporary certificate of registration as a security officer.

The following are also acceptable forms of identification:

  • US Passport or Alien Registration card with foreign passport
  • Photo ID issued by any Federal, State, or Municipal Government

Be sure to have the proper identification when you come to the class.