Information for the License:

Security Guard Registration


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:  http://www.bsis.ca.gov

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

Security guards are employed by licensed private patrol operators to protect persons or property and/or prevent theft.

Requirements:
Be 18 or older.
Undergo a criminal history background check through the DOJ and the FBI.
Complete the eight (8) hour "Power to Arrest" training and pass the examination.

Application Fee - $50
DOJ Fingerprint Processing Fee - $32
FBI Fingerprint processing Fee - $17
Renewal Fee - $450

“Power to Arrest” training is available from a Bureau approved training facility, approved trainer or Private Patrol Operator company.

Application and Exam Fee - $50
DOJ Fingerprint Processing Fee - $32
FBI Fingerprint processing Fee - $17
Renewal Fee - $35

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, Chapter 11.5