California Occupational License
Department of Consumer Affairs
Exposed Firearm Permit
Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
Licensing Agency Contact Information:
License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
||PO Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798
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An exposed firearm permit is required to carry a firearm while on duty as an armed security guard, alarm agent, private patrol operator or private investigator.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Be 18 or older.
Be a United States citizen or have permanent legal alien status.
Pass a fourteen (14) hour firearm training course offered by a Bureau approved training facility and taught by a Bureau approved instructor.
Undergo a criminal history firearm eligibility background check through the DOJ and FBI.
Have or obtain a valid security guard registration, alarm agent registration, private patrol operator license or private investigator license.
Renewal requires re-qualification at a Bureau approved training facility twice every 12-month period of the permit with no less than four months and no more than 6 months between re-qualifications.
Initial and renewal applications are obtained from the Bureau approved training facility.
Application Fee - $80
DOJ Fingerprint Processing Fee - $32
FBI Fingerprint processing Fee - $17
DOJ Firearm Qualification Application Fee - $38
Renewal Fee - $98
The initial license is valid for 2 years. Each renewal cycle extends the registration for an additional 2 years.
Average time to process an application is 120 days.
Authority: Business and Professions Code, Chapter 11.3, 11.5, and 11.6
|Occupation Title||SOC Code
|Private Detectives and Investigators ||339021 |
|Security Guards ||339032 |