A security guard must have in his/her possession a valid security guard registration or a screen-print of the Bureau's approval from the Bureau's web site at www.dca.ca.gov/bsis, along with a valid photo identification, before working as a security guard.
All applicants must be:
• 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)
All prospective security guards are required to complete a 40-hour course training. The training and exam may be administered by any private patrol operator or by a certified training facility.
Interested applicants may visit:
to learn about the California Security Guard Fact Sheet.
Miscellaneous topics, licensing fees, application forms, laws and regulations are available at the above mentioned site. Or you may visit:
Licensing Division, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services,
400 R Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814 or P.O Box 989002 West Sacramento, CA