How to Become an Armored Truck Driver

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Could I Be an Armored Truck Driver?

Armored truck drivers are usually armed guards who transport money and property from one location to another. Because of the high value of the items that armored truck drivers move, it's typical for workers in this occupation to take precautions, like wearing bulletproof vests. These workers work in offices and inside vehicles, and much of the job includes traveling. This field has a greater instance of workers injured or taken ill on the job than many other fields.

Career Requirements

Degree Level High school diploma or GED
Licensure/Certification Drivers carrying firearms must be licensed; certification is voluntary
Experience Usually received on the job; however, some employers seek workers with prior experience in a security or driving capacity
Key Skills Honest; good skills in observation, communication, and decision-making ; know how to use firearms and operate a motor vehicle safely
Salary* $34,654 (median for security drivers in 2016)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job postings (November 2012), *

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Steps for Armored Truck Drivers

What steps do I need to take to be an armored truck driver?

Step 1: Meet Your State Requirements

At minimum, armored truck drivers need to be high school graduates. According to, armored truck drivers are usually at least 21 years old; however, states may set lower minimum age requirements. Prior security or driving experience varied from entry-level to three years.

You'll want to keep a clean driving and criminal record. Armored truck drivers are expected to maintain valid driver's licenses and clean driving records at all times. The employment process typically also requires background checks, including criminal background reviews.

Step 2: Become Licensed as a Security Professional

In most areas, armed guards must be licensed by their state's licensing authority. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, applicants typically must be over the age of 18 and have valid drivers' licenses. Other requirements might include the completion of classes on law enforcement topics, fingerprinting, and a criminal background check. Continuing education is typically required in order to renew a security personnel or related license.

Step 3: Obtain a Firearms License or Permit

States require a license or a permit before a person may possess a weapon. Although not all armored truck drivers carry a weapon, most are required to obtain firearms permits. License or permit requirements typically include passing a firearms training course and an FBI fingerprint check. Some states require armored truck guards to undergo training, as well as complete continuing education in order to renew their firearms license.

Step 4: Become Certified for Career Advancement

Employees in the security profession may want to consider certification as a way to show future employers their level of skill. The ASIS International offers the Physical Security Professional (PSP) credential. Candidates who have at least six years of relevant work experience, a high school diploma or GED, and a clean criminal record are eligible to take the certification exam. Bachelor's-degree holders should have four years of physical security experience and no criminal convictions. Renewal occurs every three years and requires 45 continuing education credits per renewal period.

Armored touch drivers transport money and property from one location to another. They have professional skills in observation, communication, and decision-making; and they earn a median annual salary of $34,654.

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