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California Guard Card Requirements

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 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

Live Scan forms can be downloaded at


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

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.


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:

  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

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!)

California Guard Card Course Registration

15 Responses to “California Guard Card Requirements”

  1. can i still get a guard card if i have or had a felony that is ten years or older ?

  2. I would like to know how can I get a guard card?

  3. Can you have a felony and become a guard card holder? what if the felony is not 10 years old,But is off parole over an a year? what if you have a misdemenor of a couple of DUI’s could you obtain a card?

  4. I would like to know if i can get a guard card with a bulgary over 5 years ago. 7 to be exact.

  5. Can I qualify for a guard card if I had a non violent felony and some misdemeanors expunged via Penal Code Section 1203.4?

  6. I have a folony that 12 years old can I get a card


  8. Awesome Information! that I was looking to get a Guard Card! Thanks again, website! for your great help! 8/1/2012 11:41 p.m. MST.

  9. Hi, I’m interested in getting a Guard Card and went to several websites. I have a question about once I finish 8 hours of online training where will I go to for “30 days to complete 16 hours of “on the job” training, as well as an additional 16 hours within the next 6 months.” Other websites include 40 hour training in a package, I would like to know if 40 hour training is another course I need to take. Or its something you do “on the job” where do you get verified you did 40 hour of training?

  10. Hello , I have a ten year old felony/strike.It has been expunged.four years ago i passed the test to get my guard card but the fbi refused to give me the guard card.It has been ten years now? is there a way i can get a hold of the fbi?

  11. I have a non violent felony that is more than 10 years old. Can i still get my guard card?

  12. i have felony assult 10 years ago,but it been expunge 2 years ago,am i eligeble for a guard card or to be a licence nurse?

  13. My husband is a felon and has been on probation going on 4yrs Because it wad extended do to not enough payments. Can he obtain a guard card?

  14. I have a few drug related misdemeanors on my record within 5yrs. Will this affect me attaining a card?

  15. Is everything in CA a rip off, including security guard training?