California Occupational License

License Title:
    Alarm Company Agent
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Consumer Affairs
     Bureau of Security and Investigative Services

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: PO Box 989002
West Sacramento,  CA  95798

     Phone Number: (916) 322-4000
     Fax Number: (916) 575-7290

     E-mail Address:
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
An Alarm Agent is employed by an alarm company operator to sell (at the buyer's home or business), install, monitor, maintain, service, or respond to alarm systems or to supervise such actions.

Be 18 or older.
Undergo a criminal history background check through the DOJ and the FBI.
Received the eight (8) hour "Power to Arrest" training and passed the examination (if your duties will include responding to alarm activations).

“Power to Arrest” training is obtainable from a Bureau approved training facility or trainer.

Application Fee - $17
DOJ Fingerprint Processing Fee - $32
FBI Fingerprint Processing Fee - $17
Renewal Fee - $7

A temporary registration is issued allowing applicants to work as an Alarm Agent for 120 days if they have not been convicted of a crime.

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 11.6
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 492098