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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 447/) Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004.

225 ILCS 447/Art. 20

 
    (225 ILCS 447/Art. 20 heading)
ARTICLE 20. PRIVATE ALARM CONTRACTORS.
(Article scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)

225 ILCS 447/20-5

    (225 ILCS 447/20-5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 20-5. Exemptions; private alarm contractor.
    (a) The provisions of this Act related to the licensure of private alarm contractors do not apply to any of the following:
        (1) A person who sells alarm system equipment and is
    
not an employee, agent, or independent contractor of an entity that installs, monitors, maintains, alters, repairs, services, or responds to alarm systems at protected premises or premises to be protected if all of the following conditions are met:
            (A) The alarm systems are approved either by
        
Underwriters Laboratories or another authoritative entity recognized by the Department and identified by a federally registered trademark.
            (B) The owner of the trademark has authorized the
        
person to sell the trademark owner's products and the person provides proof to the Department of this authorization.
            (C) The owner of the trademark maintains and
        
provides, upon the Department's request, proof of liability insurance for bodily injury or property damage from defective products of not less than $1,000,000 combined single limit. The insurance policy need not apply exclusively to alarm systems.
        (2) A person who sells, installs, maintains, or
    
repairs automobile alarm systems.
        (3) A licensed electrical contractor who repairs or
    
services fire alarm systems on an emergency call-in basis or who sells, installs, maintains, alters, repairs, or services only fire alarm systems and not alarm or other security related electronic systems.
    (b) Persons who have no access to confidential or security information and who otherwise do not provide security services are exempt from employee registration. Examples of exempt employees include, but are not limited to, employees working in the capacity of delivery drivers, reception personnel, building cleaning, landscape and maintenance personnel, and employees involved in vehicle and equipment repair. Confidential or security information is that which pertains to employee files, scheduling, client contracts, or technical security and alarm data.
(Source: P.A. 93-438, eff. 8-5-03.)

225 ILCS 447/20-10

    (225 ILCS 447/20-10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 20-10. Qualifications for licensure as a private alarm contractor.
    (a) A person is qualified for licensure as a private alarm contractor if he or she meets all of the following requirements:
        (1) Is at least 21 years of age.
        (2) Has not been convicted of any felony in any
    
jurisdiction or at least 10 years have elapsed since the time of full discharge from a sentence imposed for a felony conviction.
        (3) Is of good moral character. Good moral character
    
is a continuing requirement of licensure. Conviction of crimes other than felonies may be used in determining moral character, but shall not constitute an absolute bar to licensure, except where the applicant is a registered sex offender.
        (4) Has not been declared by any court of competent
    
jurisdiction to be incompetent by reason of mental or physical defect or disease, unless a court has subsequently declared him or her to be competent.
        (5) Is not suffering from dependence on alcohol or
    
from narcotic addiction or dependence.
        (6) Has a minimum of 3 years experience during the 5
    
years immediately preceding the application (i) working as a full-time manager for a licensed private alarm contractor agency or (ii) working for a government, one of the armed forces of the United States, or private entity that inspects, reviews, designs, sells, installs, operates, services, or monitors alarm systems that, in the judgment of the Board, satisfies the standards of alarm industry competence. The Board and the Department may accept, in lieu of the experience requirement in this item (6), alternative experience working as a full-time manager for a private alarm contractor agency licensed in another state or for a private alarm contractor agency in a state that does not license such agencies, if the experience is substantially equivalent to that gained working for an Illinois licensed private alarm contractor agency. An applicant who has received a 4-year degree or higher in electrical engineering or a related field from a program approved by the Board shall be given credit for 2 years of the required experience. An applicant who has successfully completed a national certification program approved by the Board shall be given credit for one year of the required experience.
        (7) Has not been dishonorably discharged from the
    
armed forces of the United States.
        (8) Has passed an examination authorized by the
    
Department.
        (9) Submits his or her fingerprints, proof of having
    
general liability insurance required under subsection (c), and the required license fee.
        (10) Has not violated Section 10-5 of this Act.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain general liability insurance in an amount and coverage appropriate for the applicant's circumstances as determined by rule. The applicant shall provide evidence of insurance to the Department before being issued a license. Failure to maintain general liability insurance and to provide the Department with written proof of the insurance shall result in cancellation of the license without hearing.
(Source: P.A. 98-253, eff. 8-9-13.)

225 ILCS 447/20-15

    (225 ILCS 447/20-15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 20-15. Qualifications for licensure as a private alarm contractor agency.
    (a) Upon receipt of the required fee and proof that the applicant has a full-time Illinois licensed private alarm contractor licensee-in-charge, which is a continuing requirement for agency licensure, the Department shall issue a license as a private alarm contractor agency to any of the following:
        (1) An individual who submits an application and is a
    
licensed private alarm contractor under this Act.
        (2) A firm that submits an application and all of the
    
members of the firm are licensed private alarm contractors under this Act.
        (3) A corporation or limited liability company doing
    
business in Illinois that is authorized by its articles of incorporation or organization to engage in the business of conducting a private alarm contractor agency if at least one executive employee is licensed as a private alarm contractor under this Act and all unlicensed officers and directors of the corporation or limited liability company are determined by the Department to be persons of good moral character.
    (b) No private alarm contractor may be the licensee-in-charge for more than one private alarm contractor agency. Upon written request by a representative of an agency, within 10 days after the loss of a licensee-in-charge of an agency because of the death of that individual or because of the termination of the employment of that individual, the Department shall issue a temporary certificate of authority allowing the continuing operation of the licensed agency. No temporary certificate of authority shall be valid for more than 90 days. An extension of an additional 90 days may be granted upon written request by the representative of the agency. Not more than 2 extensions may be granted to any agency. No temporary permit shall be issued for loss of the licensee-in-charge because of disciplinary action by the Department related to his or her conduct on behalf of the agency.
    (c) No private alarm contractor, private alarm contractor agency, or person may install or connect an alarm system or fire alarm system that connects automatically and directly to a governmentally operated police or fire dispatch system in a manner that violates subsection (a) of Section 15.2 of the Emergency Telephone System Act. In addition to the penalties provided by the Emergency Telephone System Act, a private alarm contractor agency that violates this Section shall pay the Department an additional penalty of $250 per occurrence.
    (d) Upon issuance of the temporary certificate of authority as provided for in subsection (b) of this Section and at any time thereafter while the temporary certificate of authority is in effect, the Department may request in writing additional information from the agency regarding the loss of its licensee-in-charge, the selection of a new licensee-in-charge, and the management of the agency. Failure of the agency to respond or respond to the satisfaction of the Department shall cause the Department to deny any extension of the temporary certificate of authority. While the temporary certificate of authority is in effect, the Department may disapprove the selection of a new licensee-in-charge by the agency if the person's license is not operative or the Department has good cause to believe that the person selected will not fully exercise the responsibilities of a licensee-in-charge. If the Department has disapproved the selection of another new licensee-in-charge and the temporary certificate of authority expires or is about to expire without the agency selecting a new licensee-in-charge, the Department shall grant an extension of the temporary certificate of authority for an additional 90 days, except as otherwise prohibited in subsection (b) or this subsection (d).
(Source: P.A. 98-253, eff. 8-9-13.)

225 ILCS 447/20-20

    (225 ILCS 447/20-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 20-20. Training; private alarm contractor and employees.
    (a) Registered employees of the private alarm contractor agency who carry a firearm and respond to alarm systems shall complete, within 30 days of their employment, a minimum of 20 hours of classroom training provided by a qualified instructor and shall include all of the following subjects:
        (1) The law regarding arrest and search and seizure
    
as it applies to the private alarm industry.
        (2) Civil and criminal liability for acts related to
    
the private alarm industry.
        (3) The use of force, including but not limited to
    
the use of nonlethal force (i.e., disabling spray, baton, stungun, or similar weapon).
        (4) Arrest and control techniques.
        (5) The offenses under the Criminal Code of 2012
    
that are directly related to the protection of persons and property.
        (6) The law on private alarm forces and on reporting
    
to law enforcement agencies.
        (7) Fire prevention, fire equipment, and fire safety.
        (8) Civil rights and public relations.
        (9) The identification of terrorists, acts of
    
terrorism, and terrorist organizations, as defined by federal and State statutes.
    Pursuant to directives set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the provisions set forth by the National Fire Protection Association in the National Fire Alarm Code and the Life Safety Code, training may include the installation, repair, and maintenance of emergency communication systems and mass notification systems.
    (b) All other employees of a private alarm contractor agency shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of training provided by a qualified instructor within 30 days of their employment. The substance of the training shall be related to the work performed by the registered employee.
    (c) It is the responsibility of the employer to certify, on forms provided by the Department, that the employee has successfully completed the training. The form shall be a permanent record of training completed by the employee and shall be placed in the employee's file with the employer for the term the employee is retained by the employer. A private alarm contractor agency may place a notarized copy of the Department form in lieu of the original into the permanent employee registration card file. The form shall be returned to the employee when his or her employment is terminated. Failure to return the form to the employee is grounds for discipline. The employee shall not be required to complete the training required under this Act once the employee has been issued a form.
    (d) Nothing in this Act prevents any employer from providing or requiring additional training beyond the required 20 hours that the employer feels is necessary and appropriate for competent job performance.
    (e) Any certification of completion of the 20-hour basic training issued under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, and Locksmith Act of 1993 or any prior Act shall be accepted as proof of training under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-847, eff. 6-1-10; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)