In order to speed up the security guard application
and fingerprinting process, the following steps should
The security guard must have received the eight (8)
hour "Power to Arrest" training and passed
The security guard applicant, private patrol operator
or the training facility must submit the security
guard application online at http://www.dca.ca.gov/bsis/online_services/online_licensing.shtml.
The online application is sent electronically to the
Breakdown of fees paid online:
Security Guard Application Fee $50.00
Online Convenience Fee $1.00
The security guard applicant must submit fingerprints
electronically using Live Scan. You must only use
the security guard Live Scan forms downloaded from
the Bureau's Web site or obtained from the Bureau.
The Live Scan form from the Bureau contains the correct
coding to ensure that the Bureau receives the FBI
and DOJ responses.
Breakdown of fees paid at Live Scan site:
Department of Justice Fingerprint Fee $32.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee $17.00
Live Scan site locations are available at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/scansites.shtml
Live Scan forms can be downloaded at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/forms.shtml
Note: Live Scan sites may charge a Live Scan submission
processing fee. The Bureau does not set the fee amount.
Once the Bureau has received the online application
and criminal history clearances, the cleared security
guard will appear on the Bureau's Web site. The security
guard, private patrol operator or training facility
can verify the Bureau's approval by checking the Bureau's
"Verify a License" at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/online_services/verify_license.shtml.
Once the security guard registration has been cleared
and appears on the Bureau's Web site, a screen-print
from the Web site may be made and used as an interim
security guard registration. The security guard can
then be placed on assignment. The actual security
guard registration will be mailed to the applicant
and should be received in 10 to 15 business days.
Security guards placed on assignment must keep the
following documents with them:
1. A valid security guard registration
or a screen print of the Bureau's approval obtained
from the Bureau's Web site.
2. A valid photo identification