How to Become a Guard in California

Eligibility Requirements for CA Guard Card

If you want to be a security guard in the State of California, you are required to obtain a Security Guard Card through the Bureau of Security & Investigative Services (BSIS).

To be eligible to apply for a Security Guard Card, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 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)
  • Complete an 8-hour guard card course

Steps to Follow:

Below is a list of all the requirements and details you’ll need in order to apply for your Security Guard Card in California*:

1.  Pass 8-Hour Security Guard Card course

This initial 8-hour course is the minimal educational training required to apply for a California Guard Card. This 8 hour training is divided as follows:

  • Powers to Arrest (4 hours)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (4 hours)

2.   Complete BSIS Electronic Application 

3.  Pay BSIS Fees

  • Application Guard Fee:  $55.00
  • Online Convenience Fee:  $1.00
  • TOTAL:  $56.00

4.  Electronic Live Scan Fingerprints & Background Check Submissions

Live Scan forms and a listing of Live Scan sites are available at:

5.  Pay Live Scan Fees

  • Department of Justice Fingerprint Fee:  $32.00
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee:  $17.00
  • TOTAL:  $49.00


Sites may charge a Live Scan submission processing fee.  My Security Training does not set the fee amount and does not currently offer Live Scan checks.

6.  BSIS Verification

Upon BSIS receipt of the online Security Guard application and criminal history clearances, the cleared security guard will be visible on the BSIS website.  You can check BSIS’s approval by visiting the BSIS’s website** and clicking “Verify a License.”

Once your Security Guard Card is provided by BSIS or you begin employment as a security guard, you will then have 30 days to complete your next 16 hours of training

*Regulations and costs outlined above are controlled by BSIS and the State of California and are subject to change. and BSIS are not affiliated.

**This link takes you directly to the BSIS website, and is not affiliated with

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How to Become a Security Guard

To become a security guard, you need to complete the following:

  • Receive your BSIS-issued California Guard Card.
  • Take 16 hours of post-employment training within 30 days of employment.
  • Finish the remaining 16 hours of training (for a total of 40 hours) anytime within the next 6 months.

Remember, you can:

Once the security guard registration has been approved by the BSIS, a guard can use a screen-print as a temporary security guard registration until the official card is mailed by BSIS and received within 10 to 15 business days.

Prior to working as a security guard, you must have in your possession a valid security guard registration or a screen-print of BSIS’s approval and a valid photo ID.

Keep in mind:

  • An annual 8 hours of continuing education is required by the state of California for those holding a Security Guard Card, and these continuing education courses can be repeats of previous courses.


  • Our training program meets all requirements as mandated by the BSIS and MySecurity Training is a BSIS-approved training facility (PPO #121364).
  • At the end of our course, after passing all exams with a score of 100% in accordance with BSIS regulations, students are issued a Certificate of Training Completion.

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