Arizona enacts statewide alarm licensing

New law will cut red tape for industry, AzAA president says
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

PHOENIX—Statewide alarm licensing has been enacted in Arizona, replacing a web of local regulations that subjected many alarm companies to duplicative background checks and paperwork.

H.B. 2748, passed by the Legislature on April 30 and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on May 11, pre-empts the licensing requirements in 22 cities. Alarm companies doing business in more than one of those cities had to submit to the licensing process in each of them, with 13 of the municipalities requiring fingerprinting every year.

The result was a lot of unnecessary work and expense, said Maria Malice, president of the Arizona Alarm Association. The AzAA proposed statewide licensing as early as 2000 and spearheaded the latest legislative effort.

“It’s been three very long years,” Malice told Security Systems News. “It’s a lot of red tape gone for us, so everybody is really excited.”

Malice said alarm companies need to maintain their city licenses until May 1, 2013, which is when state registration begins. All companies must be certified by the state on Oct. 1, 2013.

The certificates issued by the Board of Technical Registration will be valid for two years. Malice said companies that are already licensed by the Registrar of Contractors won’t have to file additional paperwork.

“If they have a low-voltage license with the ROC, then they only need to get their agents—who are all the sales, installers and servicemen—licensed by the board,” she said.

Alarm agents and the “controlling person” of each company will still have to submit to a criminal background check, but the fingerprinting will be “one and done,” Malice said.

“The BTR will hold [their fingerprint cards] and run them every year so they don’t have to keep doing it,” she said. “That’s huge. Unless something happens to the card, they’ll never have to get a print again.”

Malice said one drawback of the law is the stipulation that police obtain a court order to get information about an alarm account. “If a customer is disputing [a false alarm] and they’re trying to get it waived, if the police department wants information from the alarm company, they’re going to have to get a subpoena,” she said. “It’s obviously going to slow things down for everyone.”


As of August 10th 2012, no City in Arizona can any longer require licensing of any alarm company,other than a business sales tax license, or alarm employee in Arizona. This includes that no City can ask for any client information from any alarm company without a court order. Maria and Susan do not understand how legislation works. Unless if otherwise noted in the bill, legislation takes effect 90 days after the Governor signs it. Yes, the 90/10 board takes effect on May 1st 2013, but the City Licensing and grab for private information ended on Aug 10th.

As of May 1st, 2013, the 90/10 board will take effect for those who are not licensed under the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. The key part of this is, the Arizona Registrar of Contractors does not license you, it licenses your company, including every employee you hire is under the ROC. You are just the holder of the license.

This means you need to get your ROC license before 1 May 2013 to avoid being under this 90/10 board. You will still need fingerprinting, as far as I can tell, but you will be able to avoid being under the control of this regulatory board.

The last thing we want to do is let these people inact a California system of regulating out small business in Arizona. I fought hard to make sure this bill eased the regulatory desires of the Arizona Alarm Association. Look at my bill SB 1306 and look at how HB 2748 started out. As you will see, HB 2748 ended up looking a lot more like my bill, SB 1306.

Any questions on the Aug 10th 2012 ending of City Licensing and requiring alarm comapnies to send them client information can call me @ (520) 290-8515.