Applying for Your Alarm Permit


What Are Alarm Permits?

An alarm permit is required by many jurisdictions for any kind of monitored alarm. When you have a 24/7 professionally monitored alarm,* monitoring center agents will watch for signals from the alarm. They’re authorized to call for an emergency response by police, firefighters, or other emergency services.

If your local jurisdiction has permit laws, that means it is mandatory that you obtain a permit after setting up your Ring Alarm.

NOTE: Running a monitored alarm system without a permit may subject you to fines if the police or other emergency service personnel respond to a false alarm. In some locations, authorities will not dispatch emergency responders to your address without a permit.

Types of Permits

The type of permit you'll need depends on what the laws are in your jurisdiction. You may need:

  • a single alarm permit that covers everything for your residence or business
  • separate police and fire alarm permits if there is no combined option

How Long Will the Permit Be Valid?

The length of your permit will vary depending on where you live. Some jurisdictions only require an initial registration. Other jurisdictions may require you to renew your permit on a recurring basis, such as yearly or every other year.

Follow these Steps to Get a Permit for Your Ring Alarm:

1. Understand Your Local Permit Laws

Every jurisdiction has different laws and rules for owning and operating a residential or commercial alarm system. To ensure that residents and businesses are able to comply, municipalities normally publish these laws online on a government or police department website. Each local office will have its own application process for getting a permit (sometimes called a registration).

As the Ring Alarm owner, it’s your responsibility to know your local alarm laws. Please review this important information:

  • If you live in the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) and have signed up for professional monitoring* with Ring Alarm, we will send you an email with a link to your local alarm ordinances if a permit or registration is needed.
  • If you have not yet signed up for professional monitoring,* you can do an internet search and find your local laws. You can also call your local government offices for more information.
  • If you have a permit with a different alarm system and switch to Ring Alarm, please let the Ring Permit Team know to avoid duplication.
  • If you move, you will need to apply for a new permit.
  • If you add a Smoke & CO Listener* or the First Alert Smoke/CO Alarm to your residential Ring Alarm, you may need another permit that is specifically for fire monitoring.* The application process may be similar to an alarm permit. In some jurisdictions, there may be one permit application for both alarm and smoke/CO monitoring.* Check your local laws.

When you sign up for professional monitoring* with Ring Alarm, you’ll receive information about whether you need to obtain a permit(s) for your system and how to go about doing so.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you don’t get a permit, you may end up paying fees or fines for having an unregistered alarm. In some locations, authorities will not dispatch emergency responders to your address without a permit.

Ring Alarm can not be used to provide professional smoke/CO monitoring* at commercial locations. Click here to learn more.

2. Get the Permit Application

To get a permit for your Ring Alarm, you’ll need to fill out an application which is provided by your jurisdiction. You may have the option to download the form from a website, fill it out, and submit it online, or it may be a file that you must download, print, fill out, and mail. In some instances, you may need to call a local municipal office and ask them to send you a form in the postal mail.

In some instances, local jurisdictions require that Ring requests and fills out the form on your behalf. In this case, we’ll take care of the application for you and update you throughout the process. You may have to pay fees to complete the permitting process.

NOTE: When you first sign up for professional monitoring,* your system will go into a 7-Day "Practice Mode." During the practice period, it’s highly recommended that you begin and complete the process of getting your permit. If your jurisdiction provides you with a permit number and expiration date, you must add it to the Ring app.

3. Fill Out the Permit Application

Your alarm permit or registration form will ask for specific information about your residence and alarm provider and each form is unique.

If Ring is filling out the application on your behalf, we’ll use the information you provided us during account setup for the permit form, so please be sure that everything is accurate. If you need to provide additional information, please contact Ring Support.

Your alarm system registration or permit form may ask for the following pieces of information:

  • Property owner’s name.
  • Property owner’s address.
  • Property owner’s phone number.
  • The names and phone numbers of your emergency contacts.
  • Information about the alarm company/provider. Here is the contact information for Ring:

Ring Protect Inc., 12515 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Phone: (800) 656-1918

  • Ring license number, which can be found at
  • Central monitoring station information.

For details about the central monitoring service, please contact Ring Support.

4. Submit the Application

If you are obtaining your own permit, follow the directions on the permit form or website for your jurisdiction. In a few locations, you may be required to submit the form in person at a local municipal office.

Remember to Include Any Permit Fees
Your town, city, county, or other jurisdiction may charge a permit fee. Alarm registration or permit fees vary in amount and frequency. In some areas, the fee is only charged once, while in other areas it may be assessed every year when you renew the permit. Find the specific fee requirements for your jurisdiction on the permit form or listed within your local alarm permit ordinances.

NOTE: Your jurisdiction’s permit fee is a separate charge from your Ring Protect plan subscription.*

If a signature is needed for your permit we will mail or email you the form. Please follow the directions, sign the permit application, and mail (or email) the signed form back to us right away.

5. Completing the Permit Process

Every jurisdiction handles permit processing differently:

  • You may get a physical alarm permit in the mail.
  • You may get an email confirming that your permit has been processed and is on file.
  • You may not receive anything.

If you receive a confirmation of a permit containing a permit number and an expiration date, remember to add this information to your Ring account. Sometimes, the monitoring center must provide this information to dispatch local authorities.

Open your Ring app, go to Monitoring Settings, and add your permit information. If you live in a jurisdiction that does not require a permit number or an expiration date, you can enter “registered” and leave the expiration date number blank.

NOTE: Local jurisdictions may change their ordinances and applications. Reach out to your local police department or city government directly to make sure you have the most current information. In addition, be aware that you may be responsible for updating or renewing your permit when information needs to be changed and if renewal permit fees are required.

Additional Notes

  • If you move, you may need to reapply for a permit in your new local area.
  • If you obtained a business alarm permit previously for a different alarm system, please email the permit team and let us know to avoid duplication.

Alarm Permit FAQs

Professional monitoring* licenses are available at:

Using Ring at Your Business?

Smoke and CO monitoring is not available at commercial locations.*

Click here for more information on preventing false alarms at commercial locations.

* A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for commercial properties. See Ring Alarm licenses at: Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.

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