Frequently Asked Questions for a California Guard Card

1. What is a "contract" Security Guard?

Any person employed by a licensed private patrol operator who provides services as a security guard and is registered by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services as a security guard with a valid California Guard Card and Security Guard Training.

2. What are the requirements for registering for a California Guard Card for Security Guard Training?

The general requirements for Security Guard Training for a Ca Guard Card are:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) *WE RECOMMEND NO FELONIES OR MISDEMEANORS; and
  • Complete a 40-hour course of required training. The Security Guard Training and exam for the California Guard Card may be administered by any private patrol operator or by a certified Security Guard Training facility.


40 Hour Security Guard Training Requirements

Date of Completion

Training Hours Needed

Prior to Being Assigned on Post

8 Hours

Training Required within the First 30 Days

16 Hours

Training Required within the First Six Months

16 Hours





3. What is the length of term for a California Security Guard card Training registration?

A security guard card registration is valid for two years.

4. Can I verify receipt of my California Guard Card application?

Yes. Please contact the Bureau at (916) 322-4000.

5. When does my CA Guard Card registration expire?

A security California Guard Card registration expires the day after the expiration date on the card, Usually two years after the initial Security Guard Training application. You have 60 days grace period in which you can pay a delinquent fee (see fee schedule). After 60 days if you have not renewed, you must reapply as a new applicant.

6. If I lost my security guard, California guard card registration, or it was destroyed or damaged, how do I obtain a duplicate California Guard Card?

You may request a duplicate ca guard card registration by submitting a written request, explaining the circumstances, along with a $10 fee to the Bureau. Please allow six to eight weeks for replacement.

7. Can a family member, such as father to son, give the power to arrest test to that individual who is applying for a Security Guard Card registration?

Yes, if they are licensed or delegated by a licensed authority to do so.

8. How do I notify the Bureau of my change of address?

You must notify the Bureau in writing within 30 days of an address change. Be sure to include your Security Guard registration number, name, previous address, new address, date of birth, and Social Security number. Please print or type information.

9. Can a Security Guard work for more than one employer?

Yes, as long as he/she is an employee, on payroll with the proper payroll deductions being made.

10. How does a Security Guard renew his/her California Guard Card registration / CA Guard Card?

Submit a renewal application/letter of request and fees for renewal. Mail the request.

Application and renewal fees should be submitted to the Bureau at least 60-90 days prior to the expiration date. You need to submit your request for renewal as soon as possible to allow the Bureau time to process your renewal and get your renewed registration returned to you. You may continue to work for a period of 90 days.

11. I have completed 832 PC training. Can I obtain a Security Guard Card registration?

No. In order to get the Bureau's registration/permit; you must complete the Bureau's Security Guard Training.

12. Can an emancipated minor apply for a California Guard Card registration or Security Guard Training?

No. The law allows no exceptions to the age requirement.

13. I am changing employers; should I send in a new Security Guard Card registration application?

No. A California guard card registration authorizes you to work as a Security Guard for any Private Patrol Operator or in-house employer.

14. I was denied a Security California Guard Card registration. When can I reapply?

You may submit a new application one year from the date of denial.

15. I received a 1203.4 dismissal on my conviction. Do I still need to report the conviction on my application?

Yes. You still must report the conviction.



Firearms Training/Firearms Permit  Requirements for Security Guards, Alarm Agents, Private Investigators and Private Patrol Operators

Even if you are licensed or registered in the security, alarm, or private investigation fields, you may not carry a gun on duty - whether loaded or unloaded - unless you have been issued an exposed firearm permit by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

You must keep the firearms permit with you at all times while on duty.

Note: It is illegal for a licensee or registrant to carry a CONCEALED weapon on duty without a permit issued by local authorities.

Filing an Application to apply for a firearm permit/firearms training, you must:

Take a 14-hour course (8 hours firearms training classroom, 6 hours firearms training at the range) in the carrying and use of firearms given by a Bureau-certified firearms training instructor at a Bureau certified training facility.

Pass the written and range firearms training exams given at the end of the course.

Be a United States citizen or have permanent legal alien status.

and Submit a firearm permit application, pay an $80 application fee and submit a Live Scan form (which is appropriate to your license or registration) signed by the Live Scan site operator.

A $38 Firearm Eligibility application, $32 Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint processing fee and $19 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint processing fee must be paid at the Live Scan site.

Send firearms training/firearms permit application package to the Bureau of Security.

Firearms Training –Classroom: During your eight hours of firearms classroom training, you will learn moral and legal aspects of firearms use, firearms nomenclature, firearms handling and firearms shooting fundamentals, and firearms emergency procedures.

Firearms Training-Range: The six hours of firearms range training will give you practice in safely handling and firing your firearm. You must re-qualify on the range twice a year before renewing your firearms permit. 

Renewals: Firearm permit expire two years from the date of issuance of firearms permit.

An applicant must re-qualify four times during the life of the firearm permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Re-qualifications must be at least four months apart. The application for firearms permit renewal should be submitted to the Bureau within 60 days before the firearm permit expiration date. The current fee for renewing a firearm permit is $98. You may not renew your firearm permit once you have allowed it to expire. You must instead apply for a new firearm permit and complete the entire firearms training course.

Weapons Incidents-A security guard who discharges a weapon while on duty (except on the range) must:
(1) report the incident to his or her employer within 24 hours and
(2) file a written report with the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, within 7 days.
Failure to do so may result in a fine.

Violations-The following acts are prohibited by law while a licensee/registrant is on duty:

  • Illegally using, carrying, or possessing a dangerous weapon
  • Carrying an inoperable, replica, or simulated firearm
  • Brandishing or misusing a weapon
  • Drawing a weapon without proper cause
  • Provoking a shooting incident without cause
  • Carrying or using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs; and
  • Carrying or using a firearm of a different caliber than that for which a firearm permit has been issued



Q1. My company wants to place SECURITY JOB postings, how do I go about it?

Our website offers you the option of posting FREE advertisement for open Security positions.  Go to the Job Posting Section, fill in the required details and click on the submit button.

Q2. How do I apply for the program?

Call the appropriate location or email to reserve your seat.

Q3. How do I download and save the Application form?

Step 1- Click on Application for Security Guard Download and click on save file

Step 2 - Extract the file or click twice on the file to open.

Step 3 - Fill the form and save

Step 4 - Attach the "ATI" number given to you by the live-scan operator, along with the saved pdf file and email it back to us.

Q4. How do I obtain the Livescan form?

The Guard Card Livescan forms (3 copies) are available in the course catalogue page. All you need to do is download the form and submit it after it has been duly filled.

Q5. When do I start with the course?

After you have registered and paid for the course/courses, you will be given a username and password, using which you can begin your on-line training sessions as per your convenience.

Q6. What are the different courses offered?

To view the different courses offered, download the Course Catalogue or the Summary   catalogue from the Course Catalogue tab.

Q7. Are all the courses in the course catalogue mandatory?

No, there are 4 mandatory courses and about 18 elective courses, which can be chosen depending on individual discretion.

Q8. Are all the courses online?

No, there are over 30 online training/certifications and the others are classroom training sessions.

Q9. Are there seminars that can be attended?

Yes, we provide you with a 3 – 4 hour seminar called “Refuse to Be a Victim®” which provides personal safety tips and techniques with regards to;

a) Home Security

b) Technological security

c) Personal Security

d) Workplace Security

Q10. What are the fees for the courses?

Each course has variable fee structure, Kindly browse through the course catalogue for more information.

Q11. What is the eligibility criterion to apply for the California Guard Card?

The criteria is as follows;

- Need to be at least 18 years old

- Need to take the California Guard Card course

- Need to undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Q11. What do I need to do to get my Guard Card?

You need to do 3 things:

- Take the (8) hours State Mandated Guard Card Class

- Submit your fingerprints via Live Scan to the State of California 

- Submit an Application with fee to the State of California

Q12. How long will it take to get a Guard Card?

It will take 7-10 working days to get a Guard Card after you have applied for it. If you have a criminal history, the processing time will take longer.

Q13. What is the schedule for the training sessions?

Click on the Training Schedules tabs to view the complete list of date wise schedules for the month. Then for a particular training session click on the respective course for the timings.

Q14. How do I know when are the walk-ins?

In the Training Schedules page is a list of dates on which walk-ins occur. Click on the particular date to know about the timings. Also you can receive updates on job opportunities by signing up for the newsletter.

Q15. What is the cost of the newsletter and how do I subscribe to it?

The newsletter is absolutely free. All you have to do is enter your email address in the “Free Newsletter Sign Up” box and click on go.

Q16. What else does the newsletter offer?

By signing up for the newsletter you will get latest news on training events, promotional offers and discounts.

Q17. Is it possible to gain financial aid assistance from Guard Training Centre?

Yes, Guard Training Centre may provide financial assistance to only those who qualify.

Q18. What are the training programs that provide no cost training?

GAIN Program, GROW Program may provide no cost training.

Q19. How do I apply for the financial aid if need be?

Contact our financial aid representative or office for assistance.

Q20. Incase of any queries how do I contact you?

In the Contact Page, fill in your email id and message with your query and we will get   back to you as soon as possible. You can also contact us on the phone number provided on the same page.


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