For Retired or Separated Law Enforcement

Per Title 18 U.S.C., in order to qualify for participation in the LEOSA an individual must be considered a Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officer as defined by Section 926C of Title 18 U.S.C.

Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5525.12 “Implementation of the Amended LEOSA” tasks the Service Chiefs to ensure compliance while managing their components LEOSA program.

For the purposes of obtaining a Marine Corps 926C law enforcement identification card, a Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officer is defined as an individual that meets the following criteria:

Criteria 1

Be separated in good standing from the Marine Corps as a law enforcement officer.

For Military personnel your DD-214 must reflect favorable information in boxes 23-28 in regard to your standing at time of separation.

For Civilian LEO’s, a verification with your last employer will be made by this office to satisfy this requirement.

Criteria 2

Before such separation, was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law

Marines previously assigned Military Occupational Specialties 5803, 5811, 5804, 5805, 5821, 5831, and Marine Corps civilian police officers previously assigned Job Series 0083,  and 1811 are considered authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of, any person for any violation of the law.

Only those that held the above listed military occupational specialties and job series are considered eligible to receive Marine Corps 926C law enforcement identification.

Criteria 3

Before separation, had statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under section 807(b) of Title 10, United States Code and is authorized by the Marine Corps to carry a firearm in the performance of duties.

Title 10 U.S.C. section 807(b) is commonly referred to as Article 7(b) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)

Criteria 4

Before separation, have served as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more, or separated from the Marine Corps, after completing any applicable probationary period of service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by the Marine Corps.

Your 926C will be issued by your last employer for the purpose of your aggregate years. If this was not the Marine Corps, please contact the last agency you worked for.

You will not be issued a 926B and 926C at the same time from the Marine Corps

Criteria 5

During the most recent 12-month period, has met, at the expense of the individual, the standards for qualification in firearms training for active law enforcement officers, as determined by the former agency of the individual, the State in which the individual resides or, if the State has not established such standards, either a law enforcement agency within the State in which the individual resides or the standards used by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that

Criteria 6

Has not been officially found by a qualified medical professional unqualified for reasons relating to mental health.

Has not entered into an agreement with the agency from which the individual is separating from service in which that individual acknowledges he or she is not qualified under this section for reasons relating to mental health.

Criteria 7

Is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance

While carrying a concealed firearm under the provisions of the LEOSA the individual must be capable of exercising exceptional judgement.

Using alcohol or other intoxicating drugs or substances while carrying concealed is strictly forbidden and may result in the revocation of an individual’s Marine Corps 926C law enforcement identification.


Criteria 8

Is not prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm

Common disqualifiers are misdemeanor/felony Lautenberg convictions or any other felony conviction.

18 U.S.C., Section 922 (g) provides a detailed list of other persons prohibited from possessing a firearm.

If an individual previously issued Marine Corps 926C law enforcement identification is convicted of a crime which results in a prohibition to receive a firearm, the credential will be revoked.



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