What should I do if my license has lapsed?

Renewing a license after it has lapsed is not too different from the basic renewal process. The same items are required—a completed application, updated CEUs, passport sized picture, ALEA forms and fingerprint cards, and fees. The only difference is that, because of a lapse in licensing, an individual will need to submit the additional fees for a federal background check. Please note that a renewal following such a lapse cannot be processed in the online renewal portal.

Why must I submit continuing education every renewal period?

Through the establishment of Code of Alabama, 34-1A, the Alabama State Legislature has given the authority to the Alabama Electronic Security Board to determine the educational requirements of its licensees. Therefore, because of a rapid advancement of technology in the security and locksmith industries, the Board requires licensees to participate in approved courses that will allow them to stay updated on such changes. By staying up-to-date on the latest technology, companies can give their customers the highest quality of products and service available.

Why must I submit fingerprint cards every renewal period?

Stemming from an FBI audit in 2017, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) began requiring that all individuals—both new and renewals—must submit fingerprint cards every time a background check is run. This new rule applies to all boards and agencies statewide—not just the AESBL.

Why is the AESBL mailing address at a UPS Store?

The AESBL receives mail every day that contains sensitive content—such as checks, credit card information, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, etc. Therefore, a secure mailbox is essential to protecting applicants and licensees. Unlike the United States Post Office, a UPS Store will accept items mailed via UPS and FedEx. Because the vast majority of mail received by the AESBL is sent via UPS and FedEx, we must have a mailbox through UPS rather than the U.S. Post Office.