In California, if you work for a licensed private patrol operator and you provide services as a security guard; you must be registered by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) as a security guard.
The general requirements for a Security Guard card are as follows:
40 Hour Security Guard Training Requirement
|When to Complete||Training Hours Needed|
|Initial Training||8 Hours|
|Training Required within the first 30 days||16 Hours|
|Training Required within the first six months||16 Hours|
|TOTAL HOURS||40 HOURS|
A security guard registration is valid for two years.
To verify your application, contact BSIS at (916) 322-4000.
Your security guard registration is valid until the day of your expiration date on the card. You will have a 60 days grace period to file for your renewal but penalty fees will apply. If you do not apply for renewal within the 60 days after expiration, you will need to reapply as a new applicant and complete all of your training again.
You can request a duplicate registration by submitting an explanation of the circumstances in writing, and pay a $10 fee to BSIS. It will take six to eight weeks to receive the replacement card.
Yes, they must be licensed or be designated by a licensed authority.
Yes, you must let BSIS know within 30 days of an address change. Make sure to include your Security Guard registration #, name, old address, new address, date of birth, and Social Security number. Request must be in writing.
Yes, you can work for more than one employer
You can submit a renewal application or letter of request and the appropriate fees for renewal of the security guard registration. Mail the request to:Bureau of Security and Investigative Services P.O. Box 989002 West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002
Renewal Application and fees must be submitted to BSIS prior to the expiration date, it is recommended that it be submitted at least 60-90 days prior to the expiration date. You should submit your renewal request within this timeframe to allow BSIS time to process your renewal and get your renewed registration returned to you.
No, you must complete the required training credits as outlined in Question 2.
No, you must be 18 years old, the law allows no exceptions to this age requirement.
No, your guard registration authorizes you to work as a Security Guard for any Private Patrol Operator or in-house employer.
A new application may be submitted one year from the date of denial.
Yes, all convictions must be reported.