Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 5.1
Private Security Guard Businesses

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-5.1-18

§ 5-5.1-18. Registration.

(a) Except as provided in this chapter, no person shall perform the functions and duties of an employee of a business required to be licensed under this chapter in this state without first having been registered or licensed. The attorney general shall keep and make available for public inspection a list of all persons who have been registered or licensed and the name of the company employing the person at the time of registration or licensure.

(b) No holder of any unexpired license issued pursuant to this chapter shall knowingly employ any person who has been convicted of a felony in connection with his or her or its business in any capacity. Should the holder of an unexpired license falsely state or represent that a person is or has been in his or her employ, that false statement or misrepresentation is sufficient cause for the revocation of the license.

(c) No person shall be employed by any holder of a license until he or she has executed and furnished to the license holder a verified statement, to be known as “employee’s registration statement,” stating:

(1) His or her full name, age, residence address, and place and date of birth;

(2) The country of which he or she is a citizen;

(3) The business or occupation engaged in for the five (5) years immediately preceding the date of the filing of the statement, stating the place or places where the business or occupation was engaged in, and the name or names of any employers;

(4) That he or she has not been convicted of a felony; and

(5) Any further information that the attorney general may by rule require to show the good character, competency, and integrity of the person executing the statement.

(d) All holders of a license shall be allowed to obtain a criminal background check on any employee or prospective employee from the division of criminal identification for a fee determined by the department of the attorney general.

(e) If any holder of a license files with the attorney general the “employee’s statement” of a person other than the person employed, he or she is guilty of a felony.

History of Section.
P.L. 1987, ch. 112, § 1; P.L. 1989, ch. 522, § 1; P.L. 2021, ch. 400, § 2, effective July 13, 2021; P.L. 2021, ch. 401, § 2, effective July 13, 2021.