Security Guard Card Training

How Do I Get a BSIS Guard Card?

Before you apply for a California security guard license, you must be at least 18 years old or over and you shouldn't have any record for a violent felony or misdemeanor.

Complete the “Power to Arrest ” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction” training and pass the examination.

You and the training facility or the private patrol operator must submit a security officer application online. It will be sent electronically to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.


Submit your fingerprints electronically using Live Scan. You must only use the security guard Live Scan forms downloaded from the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services website or get it from the California Bureau. You need to check that the Live Scan form from the BSIS contains the right coding to make sure that the Bureau receives the FBI and DOJ responses.

Once the Bureau received your application and criminal history clearances, you can already enter the Bureau’s website. You can verify the Bureau’s approval by checking the Bureau’s “Verify a License”.

How Do I Get a BSIS Guard Card?

According to the California BSIS, the process takes about 7 to 15 working days if you have zero criminal records. If you have some criminal history, no matter how minor, it usually takes 4-8 weeks to receive a decision that is typically sent to your physical address.

How Do I Renew My Guard Card?

BSIS requires you to confirm that you’ve completed ALL of your continuing education training prior to guard card renewal.

  • Always make sure to update your address with BSIS.
  • Use the most current BSIS renewal form for your license type.
  • Make sure you sign the document.
  • Provide the exact guard card renewal fee.
  • Mail your signed document to BSIS between 60 and 90days before your current guard card expires.

How Much Does it Cost to Get Your Guard Card?

In pursuing a security guard career, paying for guard training and courses is not enough. Processing and paying for a guard card is also a must. If you choose to apply online, the fee for the BSIS security guard application is $50, while the online convenience fee is $1. You also need to submit fingerprints using Live Scan, and it costs $32 for the DOJ, while the FBI costs $19.

If you decide to apply the normal way, you’ll pay the same amount, but you don’t need to pay the $1 online convenience fee, but this takes longer compared to processing online, and you also need to prepare for the postal charges since you have to send the document and other requirements by mail.

Start your guard card processing today and get more information about our security training courses. Call Luna’s Training now to discuss your options!

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