What is S.O.R.A?
The Security Officers Registration Act (SORA) is an act of legislation mandating the regulation of security officers in New Jersey. SORA certification results in a license issued by the State of New Jersey that is required in order to perform the duties of a security officer.
To obtain your SORA certification, you must register online with the New Jersey State Police, complete the fingerprint processing, and a 24-hour SORA training program given by a SORA-certified instructor. (See below for information and links to important pages.)
*Please note: active Law Enforcement Officers wishing to work off-duty security must also have a SORA card...We can help you with that process, as well. Scroll down for more information.
We are committed to providing each person exceptional instruction to enable them to perform their position as a security officer with outstanding professionalism and skill.
Initial steps to become a licensed security officer in New Jersey
Please note: There is no particular order to the steps below as long as everything is completed within 30 days from the date that you apply with the State Police and get your Temporary Certificate. You can register with the State Police up to the day before our class. If your SORA certification has expired, you will have to go through the same steps as the initial certification.
REGISTER FOR A 30-DAY TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AS A
*Candidates for certification must apply online, at www.NJSP.org. Please make sure to have a credit card or debit card available before applying, as there is a $75 application fee. You must do this on a computer, not on a phone or tablet.
*Do not register more than 30 days before taking the SORA class, since your application will expire. We recommend completing this process 1-2 weeks before the class.
*You will need to print the "Temporary Certificate of Security Officer License" and bring it with you to class. Also, make sure you fill out and print the Universal Fingerprint form at the bottom of the application for Step 3.
TAKE OUR SORA INITIAL
AND PASS THE EXAM
*Register for class here (use the button below) at Kenney Protective Agency BEFORE you register with the State Police to make sure there is a class available before your SORA registration expires. (Registration expires in 30 days)
*Class is usually 2 days, and you must attend BOTH days.) As per the NJ State Police, applicants take the same 24-hour class for both armed and unarmed SORA certification. (See below for more information about the class.)
GET FINGERPRINTED BY THE STATE LICENSED AGENCY
*Get your fingerprinting form from step 1 and then immediately schedule your fingerprinting appointment.
*This also requires payment online with a credit or debit card and costs approximately $65. Although we recommend getting fingerprinted right away, you have up to 30 days after class to complete this step.
For help on the NJSP website, click HERE
Our SORA Training Courses include,
but are not limited to, the following subject matter:
Roles of a Security Officer
NJ Attorney General's Use of Force Policy
Terrorism Prevention and Deterrence
ICS - Incident Management Systems
Suspicious Letters and Packages
SARS - Suspicious Activities/Terrorism Reporting System
Basic Fire and Bomb Threat Management
Private Detective Unit and Website Familiarization
Active Shooter Response
Street Gangs (Gang Awareness and Recognition)
Missing Persons and Child Abductions
First Aid and CPR Awareness
The above subject matter is covered in both the initial 24-hour certification class and the 8-hour renewal class. Both armed and unarmed are in the same class.
ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME SORA CERTIFIED?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years old; you must 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.); you must register and possess a Temporary Certificate of Registration as a Security Officer; you must be fingerprinted by a MorphoTrust agency; and you must take and pass a SORA Initial 24-hour training class given by a licensed SORA instructor. Both armed and unarmed SORA certifications are in the same class.
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.