In order to apply for security guard registration in the State of California to work as an unarmed security guard, you must:
40 Hour Security Guard Training Requirement
|Prior to Being Assigned on Post||8 Hours|
|Training Required within the First 30 Days||16 Hours|
|Training Required within the First Six Months||16 Hours|
|TOTAL HOURS||40 HOURS|
In order to speed up the security guard application and fingerprinting process, the following steps should be followed:
The security guard must have received the eight (8) hour “Power to Arrest” training and passed the examination. Click here to conveniently get training and pass the exam online.
The security guard applicant, private patrol operator or the training facility must submit the security guard application online HERE. The online application is sent electronically to the Bureau.
Breakdown of fees paid online:
The security guard applicant must submit fingerprints electronically using Live Scan. You must only use the security guard Live Scan forms downloaded from the Bureau’s Website or obtained from the Bureau. The Live Scan form from the Bureau contains the correct coding to ensure that the Bureau receives the FBI and DOJ responses.
Breakdown of fees paid at Live Scan site:
Live Scan site locations are available HERE.
Live Scan forms can be downloaded HERE.
Note: Live Scan sites may charge a Live Scan submission processing fee. The Bureau does not set the fee amount.
Once the Bureau has received the online application and criminal history clearances, the cleared security guard will appear on the Bureau’s Web site. The security guard, private patrol operator or training facility can verify the Bureau’s approval by checking the Bureau’s “Verify a License” HERE.
Once the security guard registration has been cleared and appears on the Bureau’s Web site, a screen-print from the Web site may be made and used as an interim security guard registration. The security guard can then be placed on assignment. The actual security guard registration will be mailed to the applicant and should be received in 10 to 15 business days.
Security guards placed on assignment must keep the following documents with them:
You may also submit your application to the Bureau the traditional way:
Applications for registration as a security guard are available from private patrol operators or training facilities certified by BSIS.