NJ SORA License: Comprehensive Guide

NJ SORA

NJ SORA licenses are necessary if you intend to pursue a career as a security guard.
You must be licensed to become an armed security guard and apply to get a weapon permit at your local New Jersey police department.
Next, you must attend and complete a state approved firearms safety course.

With an NJ SORA license, you can earn approximately $43,677 per year.

Your earning potential depends on the specific job, your employer, and your seniority on the job.

What do I need to become a security guard in NJ?

The Security Officer Registration Act, SORA, is the law that governs security guards in New Jersey. The first step in becoming a security guard is to earn your NJ SORA license.

What is a NJ SORA License?

To work as a security guard, you must have a NJ SORA license.

We’ve gone the extra mile by providing you with two “must-read” documents.

What are the steps to earn my NJ SORA?

SORA has specific requirements.

You must:

  • complete an application;
  • successfully complete an approved training program; and
  • be fingerprinted.

Do I have to be NJ SORA certified to be a security guard?

Yes. NJ SORA licenses are a necessary requirement for any security job. By obtaining a NJ SORA license, you will have demonstrated that you are familiar with NJ SORA law and that you will be a responsible security officer.

Where can I get the application for a NJ SORA license?

Go to the New Jersey State Police website.
There is a drop-down menu that will take you to the application. 

Please Note: You complete the application online.

What is the process to become NJ SORA certified?

To earn your NJ SORA License, you need to complete and submit the online application.

After you do this, you have 30 days to pass an approved training program, and pass a certification test. 

Finally, you must be fingerprinted.

Do I have to be fingerprinted to get my NJ SORA license?

Yes. 

After you complete and submit your application, you have 30 days to submit your fingerprints.

Here’s the language taken directly from the NJ State Police website:

You must be fingerprinted using the MorphoTrust form provided at the end of the Security Officer application. 

This form is already filled out with the required information for fingerprinting. I

f you do not use the correct form provided, we will not receive your fingerprint information and you will need to be printed again. 

Out of state or those applicants who work or reside beyond a twenty (20) mile radius of the New Jersey border will be permitted to submit “ink and roll” fingerprint cards. 

These applicants may submit cards directly to the Private Detective Unit. 

These cards must be accompanied by the completed Universal Form and a check payable to MorphoTrust,

Do NOT submit fingerprint cards directly to MorphoTrust. 

Please forward the two (2) “ink and roll” fingerprint cards per application, the properly completed Universal Form and check or money order payable to MorphoTrust in the correct amount to:

NJ SORA CONTACT INFORMATION

New Jersey State Police
Private Detective Unit SORA/Fingerprinting
PO Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628

important: NJ SORA LAW

  • No person shall be issued a certificate of registration as a security officer under the provisions of this section if the person has been convicted, as indicated by a criminal history record background check performed pursuant to the provisions of this section, 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 as defined in N.J.S.2C:35-2;
  • or any offense where the registration of the individual would be contrary to the public interest, as determined by the Superintendent.

Each applicant shall submit to the Superintendent the applicant’s fingerprints and written consent for a criminal history record background check to be performed.

How long is the NJ SORA training class?

The NJ SORA license training lasts roughly 3 days.

Where can I find an approved NJ SORA training class?

The New Jersey State Police website has a list of classes that you can take to become NJ SORA certified.

The New Jersey Firearms Academy is a highly respected facility and offers NJ SORA license training.

It provides a whole range of training programs for people interested in the security and the law enforcement field. 

 

All classes are led by Master Instructor Lateif Dickerson

Chief Dickerson has an extremely impressive resume.

The New Jersey Firearms Academy includes NJ SORA approved classes in both the security guard course and the armed security guard course. 

I have a criminal record, can I become NJ SORA certified?

The law does not allow a person who has been convicted of certain crimes from getting a NJ SORA license.

However, there is a method to clear your record and allow you to become SORA certified.

What crimes would prevent me from obtaining my NJ SORA certification?

In New Jersey, there are four felony degrees.

The most serious is First-degree.
An example is murder.

Then there is Second-degree.
An example is kidnapping.

Next is Third-degree.
An example is the possession of controlled substances (drugs).

Finally, there is Fourth-degree.
An example is some robbery offenses.

NJ SORA does not allow anyone with a conviction for a first, second, third, or fourth-degree felony from becoming certified.

Also, if you are convicted of certain drug offenses, specifically the unlawful sale, possession, or use of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) you cannot be certified.

I have a felony conviction, can I receive my NJ SORA certification?

You may be able to become certified.
It depends on a number of factors.
The degree and nature of the felony, the number of convictions, and when it (they) occurred.

If you believe that you have a criminal conviction on our record, please visit our practice areas to learn more about how you can erase your criminal record.

How do I clean my criminal record to become NJ SORA certified?

Your criminal record must be expunged.

What is expungement?

An expungement is a process that asks the court to seal the records of your criminal history.

Click here to learn more about expungements.

Is an expungement expensive?

Lawyers usually charge thousands of dollars for an expungement.

However, we became lawyers to help people and this is why we offer the lowest rates in New Jersey.

Contact us today to see how we can help you.

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Mr. Peyrouton is from Ridgewood & handles all types of criminal matters in New Jersey The New Jersey Law Journal recently published one of his articles on the subject of criminal law.

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The best way for us to help you is to patiently listen to your side of the story. Your version of events will serve as the basis for your legal defense. It is during these initial meetings that your memory of the event is fresh in your mind. Why we would rush you during such an important aspect of your case.

We understand that your choice of attorney could mean the difference between your freedom and spending years behind bars. 

When you hire an attorney, you are entering a long-term relationship. For this reason, it is important that you feel comfortable with the team of Hackensack criminal lawyers that will represent you.

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A person extorts if he purposely threatens to:

a. Inflict bodily injury on or physically confine or restrain anyone or commit any other criminal offense;
b. Accuse anyone of an offense or cause charges of an offense to be instituted against any person;
c. Expose or publicize any secret or any asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to impair his credit or business repute;
d. Take or withhold action as an official, or cause an official to take or withhold action;
e. Bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action, if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;
f. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense; or
g. Inflict any other harm which would not substantially benefit the actor but which is calculated to materially harm another person.

***It is an affirmative defense to prosecution based on paragraphs b, c, d or f that the property obtained was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances or as lawful compensation for property or services.

Reasonable Articulable Suspicion

Reasonable suspicion is a “search” standard that applies in criminal law.

When a police officer conducts a warrantless search, and does not have probable cause to justify the search, the courts look to see if the police had
a “reasonable & articulable suspicion” for the search.

A mere “hunch” is not enough.

In other words, a police officer has to provide an acceptable explanation for the search.

United States Constitution

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

NJSA - 2C:43-7.2.
Eligibility for parole;
persons convicted of certain violent crimes

a. A court imposing a sentence of incarceration for a crime of the first or second degree enumerated in subsection d. of this section shall fix a minimum term of 85% of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall not be eligible for parole.


b. The minimum term required by subsection a. of this section shall be fixed as a part of every sentence of incarceration imposed upon every conviction of a crime enumerated in subsection d. of this section, whether the sentence of incarceration is determined pursuant to N.J.S.2C:43-6, N.J.S.2C:43-7, N.J.S.2C:11-3 or any other provision of law, and shall be calculated based upon the sentence of incarceration actually imposed. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not be construed or applied to reduce the time that must be served before eligibility for parole by an inmate sentenced to a mandatory minimum period of incarceration. Solely for the purpose of calculating the minimum term of parole ineligibility pursuant to subsection a. of this section, a sentence of life imprisonment shall be deemed to be 75 years.


c. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and in addition to any other sentence imposed, a court imposing a minimum period of parole ineligibility of 85 percent of the sentence pursuant to this section shall also impose a five-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the first degree, or a three-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the second degree. The term of parole supervision shall commence upon the completion of the sentence of incarceration imposed by the court pursuant to subsection a. of this section unless the defendant is serving a sentence of incarceration for another crime at the time he completes the sentence of incarceration imposed pursuant to subsection a., in which case the term of parole supervision shall commence immediately upon the defendant’s release from incarceration. During the term of parole supervision the defendant shall remain in release status in the community in the legal custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and shall be supervised by the State Parole Board as if on parole and shall be subject to the provisions and conditions

Felony Degree

Prison & Fines

Examples

First-Degree

1st-degree felony charges in NJ are reserved for the most serious criminal offenses. Prison terms start at a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Second-Degree

2nd-degree felony charges carry 5-10 yrs in prison.
These charges can often be “downgraded” to 3rd or 4th-degree crimes.

Third-Degree

3rd-degree felony charges carry 3-5 years.
You have a good shot at PTI if you are charged with a 3rd-degree.

Fourth-Degree

4th-degree felony charges carry up to 18 months in jail. These cases can get “remanded” to a lower court. In this way, you will be out of “felony” danger.