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A California Guard Card, or the license that is required to become a registered security guard in the state of California, is actually not that hard to get.
In order to get your guard card, you must first complete 8-hours of training by a certified training facility or online training center. After your 8 hours are complete and you have passed your initial exam, you are then able to get hired as a security guard.
At this point, you are still not a registered security guard. You must then finish another 16 hours of training within the first 30 days after you are hired, and then finally an additional 16 hours again within 6 months. In total, that’s 40 hours of training.
Here’s what you need to do, step-by-step:
Take the eight (8) hour “Power to Arrest ” training and pass the examination. You can go in person or click here to get training and pass the exam online today!
You (the applicant), the private patrol operator or the training facility must submit a security guard application online at http://www.dca.ca.gov/bsis/online_services/online_licensing.shtml. The online application is sent electronically to the Bureau.
You must then submit fingerprints electronically using Live Scan. You must only use the security guard Live Scan forms downloaded from the Bureau’s Website 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.
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
Once the Bureau has received your online application and criminal history clearances, you’ll be entered onto the Bureau’s Web site.You 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 your registration has been cleared and appears on the Bureau’s Web site, a screen-print from may be made and used as an interim security guard registration.
THEN YOU CAN GET HIRED.
The actual security guard registration will be mailed to you in about 10 to 15 business days.
Security guards placed on assignment must keep the following documents with them:
- A valid security guard registration or a screen print of the Bureau’s approval obtained from the Bureau’s Web site.
- A valid photo identification
And don’t forget, you’ll have 30 days to complete 16 hours of “on the job” training, as well as an additional 16 hours within the next 6 months.
Good luck! (And don’t forget, you can get training online by clicking on the image below!)
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