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Las Vegas is the gambling center of the United States — full of casinos, sporting events, Broadway-style entertainment and out-of-town visitors. With so many events and visitors in Las Vegas, security jobs are in high demand to help monitor and oversee them. Security work cards in Las Vegas are regulated by the Nevada Private Investigators Licensing Board. Basic age and education requirements must be met, followed by an application and exam, before you can receive your work card needed for a security job in Las Vegas.

Check requirements. You must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be legally allowed to work in America and have a valid Nevada ID. Complete the required 11 hours of training needed to apply, most often done through the security company hiring you.

Complete the online application on the Nevada Private Investigators Licensing Board website. Go to the website and click on the "Works Cards/Registered Employee Services" link in the top header. Scroll down the page and open the "Online Application" link. Register on the website and fill in the needed information. As of June 2011, it cost $85 to register with the board.

Take the security exam. Return to the "Works Cards" link on the Nevada Private Investigators Licensing Board website and scroll down to open the "Security Guard Exam" link.

Obtain a fingerprint test at a local Las Vegas law enforcement agency or approved private location. Law enforcement will send the results directly to the board.

Check on your application status. Return to the "Works Cards" link on the board's site. Scroll down and click on "Application Status." Enter your information for an update on your application. Wait three to 10 business days for the card to arrive to the address listed in your application.


You can take the Security Exam as much as needed until you pass.