People have always flocked to California as the Golden State for centuries;  be it the gold rush, the lure of Hollywood or the internet boom, California is the state of American opportunity.  With so many industries in this diverse state, a career as a security professional means stability.  You can’t put a price on peace of mind, and individuals with the best security training will always be valued.  The California security guard licensing requirements can be complex, but they don’t have to be.  California Security Guard Exchange is here to simplify the requirements for proper security guard training and licensing.

Here are several requirements to keep in mind when you are registering to be an unarmed security guard in the state of California:

– you must be at least 18 years old.

– you must submit to a criminal background check through the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

– Complete a 40-hour course of required training by a certified training facility.

The 40 hour security guard training course is broken up into different segments:

8 hours   – before being assigned

16 hours – security guard training within the first 30 days of being assigned

16 hours – security guard training within the first 6 months of being assigned

40 hours total.

To process your application:

– submit your completed application.

– $50.00 registration fee.

– submit your fingerprinting via Live Scan ($32.00 DOJ fingerprint processing and a $19.00 FBI processing fee).

– send your California security guard licensing application package to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services

P.O. Box 989002

West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

You can however, expedite your security guard licensing application online:

1. Complete your eight hours of “Power to Arrest” security training and pass the examination.

2. Submit, with your training facility or private patrol operator, the security guard application online.  Pay the Security Guard Application Fee: $50.00 and the Online Convenience Fee: $1.00. Total: $51.00.

3. Submit fingerprinting through the Live Scan system.  Pay the Live Scan Fees: Department of Justice Fingerprinting fee: $32.00 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee: $19.00.  Total: $51.00.  (Note: you can visit a Live Scan Location which may also charge a fee).

4. After the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services has received your online security guard license application and cleared your criminal history, you will appear as active on the Bureau’s website.  You can verify your California security guard license approval and status at the site’s “Verify a License” page. You can then print your clearance as an interim security guard license.  You will be mailed your actual registration card in about 10 to 15 business days.  Once you have a print out of your license – you can be placed on active duty.

5. Security Guards who have successfully obtained a California security license will be required to keep a valid security guard registration and a valid photo identification.

There’s no reason to be intimidated at the prospect of getting a California security guard license.  Our qualified trainers are some of the most knowledgeable in the industry and can provide valuable information to make your security training process streamlined.  Don’t hesitate to start your new career in California today.

Licensing Body:

California Department of Consumer Affairs – Bureau of Security and Investigative Services


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