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Licensing Requirements for the State of Alabama

Alabama Statue 304

Low-Voltage Licensing: In populations of 30,000 or more, licenses are required for Burglar Alarm Systems, Access Control, and Closed-Circuit Television Systems.

Electrical Contractor/Electrician: A statewide license is required for those working on systems that operate on 26 volts or more.

State of Alabama Electrical Contractors Board
660 Adams Avenue, Suite 301
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
(334) 269-9990
Fax (334) 263-6115

Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure
7956 Vaughn Road, PMB 392
Montgomery, Alabama 36116
(334) 264-9388
Fax (334) 264-9332

Additional Information:
No Alarm systems, CCTV or locksmith companies may sell, install, monitor or otherwise operate in the state of Alabama without a license from the Board of Licensure.

Central Station personnel in a stand alone facility located in excess of one hundred (100) miles from the nearest Alabama border, whose only duty is Central Station functions, are exempt from a mandatory background check, but the Board may require Social Security numbers and FBI fingerprint cards and may do random background checks.

Companies located outside the state of Alabama must obtain a "Certificate of Authority of a Foreign Corporation" to transact business in Alabama from the Alabama Secretary of State prior to submitting an application to AESBL.

License Classification: Burglar, monitoring, electronic access control (Locksmith) and CCTV.
Reciprocity with states: None

Section 34-1A-6 of the Code of Ala. Provides an exemption for "the installation of an alarm system on property owned by or leased to the installer." A license is required to provide out-of-state monitoring services. Qualifying agents must demonstrate completion of education requirements to maintain certification.

Companies located out of the State of Alabama must obtain a "Certificate of Authority of a Foreign Corporation" to transact business in Alabama from the Alabama Secretary of State prior to submitting an application to AESBL.

Central Station Operator Requirements
Central Station Personnel. After January 1, 2000, central station operator is required to prove attendance at a 1 day NTS approved course for Central Station persons or an AESBL approved program with input given by law enforcement agency or NTS level 1.

UPDATE as of JANUARY 2009 - Per authorities with the AESBL- CSAA Level 1 training is now being accepted ONLY for companies who have achieved the Five Diamond status. Companies without this certification are required to follow the training requirements as written in the October 17th 2008 letter that was sent out to AL Licensed Central Stations stating that "the Board voted: "to approve the Central Station Alarm Association's on-line training for operators whose Certificate of Satisfactory Completion is signed by a trained Central Station Operator Instructor as certified by the Security Industry Association (SIA).

Qualification Requirements
Qualified Person Required: YES
Requirement for Manager: Out of state monitoring companies: no
Qualifying agent required. For burglar alarm installs, CCTV and access control.
Qualifying agent is a person in a management position.

Experience Requirement: YES
Type of Experience Required: Qualifying agents: NTS level 2 or ABAT certificate.
Central station; 1 day NTS course

Exam Required: YES - Click here to view the Alabama State Statute for details
Type of Exam: Written proctored test
Continuing Education Requirement: YES
CEU Requirement: 12 hrs/yr
NBFAA & NTS require 1.2 CEU's or 12 hrs on annual basis to maintain current NTS certifications.
Additional Qualifier: No

Click to view the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure Administrative Code CHAPTER 304-X-1 for further details regarding License procedure, fees, educational requirements, testing, code of ethics, and filing a complaint.

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