Information for the License:

Proprietary Private Security Officer

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
Division Name:
Telephone:  (916) 322-4000
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

A proprietary private security officer is defined as an unarmed individual, (1) who is employed exclusively by a single employer, (2) whose primary duty is to provide security services for that employer, (3) whose services are not contracted to any other entity or person, and (4) who meets both of the following criteria:
A) He or she is required to wear a distinctive uniform clearly identifying the individual as a security officer, and
B) He or she is likely to interact with the public while performing his or her duties.

Be 18 or older.
Undergo a criminal history background check through the DOJ and the FBI.

Application Fee - $50
CA Department of Justice (DOJ) Fingerprint Processing Fee - $32
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprint Processing Fee - $17

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 30-45 days.

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Division 3, Chapter 11.4