In California, security guards are licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS).
In order to get a security guard license (guard card), you must first complete a pre-licensing course, often referred to as a “guard card class”.
The guard card class is 8 hours long and can be completed in one day.
Can you get a guard card online?
After you get fingerprinted, you can apply for your Guard Card either by mail or online: Online – We recommend this method for the fastest turnaround. We’ll give you access to a video that shows you step-by-step how to complete your BSIS Guard Card application online.
How much does it cost to get a guard card in California?
The cost of applying for guard card courses varies on the method of application. If you choose to apply online, the fee for security guard application is $50, while the online convenience fee is $1. Fingerprints must be submitted using LiveScan, and it costs $32 for the Department of Justice, while the FBI charges $19.
Can I get a guard card with a misdemeanor?
Having a felony or misdemeanor conviction does not automatically disqualify someone from getting a Guard Card. The BSIS considers your circumstances and “evidence of rehabilitation”, and treats every individual on a case by case basis. It is very important to be truthful on your State application.
How do I start a security company in California?
There are several steps to follow if you want to start a security company in California. To open a security company, an owner must be or must hire a qualified manager and apply for a company license. The state requires photos and criminal background checks on all owners, partners and corporate officers.
How do I get an armed guard card?
Enroll in and complete an unarmed guard training course approved by your state. The exact amount of training hours you need varies by state, and not all states require the unarmed guard training as a prerequisite to getting the armed guard card. Take a state approved firearms training course.
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