How do I get a CA Security Guard Card?

Congratulations on making the decision to become a licensed California security officer! You are only a few steps away from your new career in the private security industry.


Steps to Obtaining Your California Guard Card

    1. Complete 4 hours of Weapons of Mass Destruction training AND 4 of Powers to Arrest training. Powers to Arrest Training Manual Test must be completed with a 100% accuracy score. Training must be administered by a licensed Private Security Training Facility or Private Patrol Operator. Click here to find a Private Security Training Facility Member.


    1. Complete the Live Scan process (fees vary by location). Many training facilities offer this service; make sure to ask if you can complete training and the Live Scan process at the same location. Click here to print the Security Guard Live Scan form. You must take three completed copies of this form with you to the Live Scan location.
      Click here to search for a Live Scan service location.


  1. Submit a Guard Card application. Application can be submitted by the applicant, private security training facility or private patrol operator. Check with the company that administered your training to see if they will assist you with the process. Submitting an application online is recommended but an application can be mailed to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). Click here to print a Guard Card application; the application contains information Click here to apply for a Guard Card online. Click here for Online Licensing Help and FAQs.


  • Application Fees:
    • Security Guard Application Fee: $50.00
    • Online Convenience Fee (if applicable): $1.00
  • Live Scan Fees:
    • Department of Justice Fingerprint Fee: $32.00
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee: $17.00
    • Live Scan Administrator Fee: Varies by Location



  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Prior criminal convictions and infractions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Chief of the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.
  • Applications can take several weeks to be processed. Click here see if your application has been processed.
    • Once your license is available online, print a copy. You can work with this copy until you receive your card in the mail. You must keep the card or a website printout along with government-issued photo ID on your person at all times while on duty.
  • Veteran applications receive priority service. If you are a veteran, once you have submitted your application, forward your confirmation email along with your name, address, social security number and date of application to Click here to read about the Veterans Come First Program.