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Frequently Asked Questions

about the Initial SORA
Certification Process

Q: How long does an NJ SORA Certification last?

A: Your initial certification is good for one year. Erigere Rapidus offers SORA Recertification courses as well.


Q: How do I pay for the SORA Training Course?

A: Payment via credit card is accepted online in advance only. Cash or cashier’s checks are accepted the day of the training. No personal checks are accepted.


Q: Can I work in the security industry without a license? 

A: The only way to legally work as a security guard is to complete SORA training. Some companies hire security personnel without SORA licenses. However, if a non-licensed security guard is caught working illegally by the NJSP, that individual may be fined $1,000 by the NJSP and could be barred from working in security.


Q: What happens if I miss the course I registered for?

A: Course fees are nonrefundable. If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend the course you registered for, please contact us.


Q: Can I work as a security officer with a 30-Day Temporary Certificate?

A: Once you’ve been issued your 30-Day Temporary Certificate, you are permitted to work as a security officer while you complete your three steps. You must complete the SORA process to continue working as a security officer.


Q: What happens if I do not complete all three steps of the SORA process within 30 days?

A: Your 30-day Temporary Certificate will expire and the steps and money you have paid will not be refunded. You will be eligible to re-register with the NJSP, but you will not be issued a 30-Day Temporary Certificate and lose the right to work during this period.


Q: How long does the SORA process take?

A: You have control over how long the process takes.

  • Registering with the NJSP is an online process that only takes a few minutes.

  • The fingerprinting process may requires some time to schedule, but the fingerprinting process only takes a few minutes.

  • Our SORA Training Course take place over two 12-hour sessions on back-to-back days.


Once all three steps are complete, the NJ State Police will issue your SORA card within 15 business days.


Q: What if I have a criminal record?

A: A background check is a standard part of the SORA process. Crimes involving moral turpitude, controlled substances, and any fourth-degree crime or greater prohibits an individual from receiving SORA certification. For questions pertaining to criminal history and/or background checks please contact the NJSP at PDU@GW.NJSP.ORG.

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