For questions about SORA classes and certification, please see below. If you have a question that is not answered below, please fill out the form in the Questions tab or call us at 856-283-8481.
Frequently Asked Questions
ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME SORA CERTIFIED?
Yes. You must:
be at least 18 years old;
possess a valid photo ID issued by the state or federal government, and it must have a valid expiration date (i.e., Driver´s License OR US Passport, etc.);
register and possess a Temporary Certificate of Registration as a Security Officer;
be fingerprinted by a MorphoTrust agency; and
take and pass a SORA Initial 24-hour training class given by a licensed SORA instructor.
HOW LONG DOES THE LICENSE / CERTIFICATION LAST?
The Security Officer Certification is good for a period of 2 years for unarmed and 1 year for armed. A renewal application must be submitted prior to the expiration of the certification. However, you will not need to apply for another Temporary Certification, if you resubmit before yours expires.
WHAT IF I HAVE A CRIMINAL HISTORY?
As part of your certification process, a criminal background check will be conducted. Certification will be denied if you have been convicted of: a crime of the first, second, third or fourth degree; any offense involving the unlawful use, possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance; or any offense where the registration of the individual would be contrary to the public interest, as determined by the Superintendent.
The fee for your background check is non-refundable, so check the SORA HELP webpage or contact the New Jersey State Police for clarification if you have a question about a particular issue.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WORK SECURITY WITHOUT THIS LICENSE?
There are some companies who may hire people without a security license, however, according to the Security Officer Registration Act, “No person shall be employed as, or perform the functions and activities of, a security officer unless that person is registered with the Superintendent as required in this section. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.” (Section C.45:19A-4a)
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T SUBMIT FINGERPRINTS OR COMPLETE THE TRAINING COURSE WITHIN 30 DAYS?
If the steps are not completed within 30 days from completing your application, you must submit a new application. Please note:
- All application fees are non-refundable, and
- When you log in to the NJSP website, choose the RETURNING APPLICANT button, and use the username and password that you originally chose.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN NOT MAKE THE CLASS I HAVE REGISTERED FOR?
Your registration information and class roster are sent to the NJ State Police the day before the class. If you fail to attend the class, we can reassign you to another class. Just call us as soon as possible. Please remember:
- The class fee is non-refundable, and
- If the date of the next available class ends after your 30-day period, you will have to submit another application to the NJ State Police. See Question above.
CAN I WORK AS A SECURITY OFFICER ONCE I HAVE A TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE?
Yes, if you have a 30-Day Temporary Certificate you may work as a security officer while you complete your three steps. Once the 30 days period is over, you must cease work until your steps are complete.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ARMED SORA CARD AND A REGULAR ONE?
An Armed S.O.R.A. card signifies that the security officer has taken the steps required to obtain the Armed card. It does NOT signify that the owner has been authorized a NJ Permit to Carry a firearm. Only a person who is authorized to carry a firearm in NJ is approved to work as an armed security officer. However, a person with an armed SORA card can also work unarmed security.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR A SORA RENEWAL?
*You MUST renew your SORA card up to 90 days before it expires. Armed, or red SORA cards must be renewed every year; Unarmed, or yellow SORA cards must be renewed once every 2 years.
HOW DO I GET AN ARMED (RED) SORA CARD IF I ALREADY HAVE AN UNARMED (YELLOW) ONE?
Going from an UNARMED (yellow) card to an ARMED (red) card requires a seperate application with the State Police. In other words, you have to go through the same initial process you went through to get your very first certification.