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How to Become an Armed Guard in California – Firearm Permit Application Process

Armed Guard Firearm Permit Requirements - CaliforniaTo apply for a firearm permit in the State of California, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent legal alien status.
  2. Pass a 14 hour training course in the carrying and use of firearms.
  3. Submit a firearm permit application, pay the $80 application fee, and submit a Security Guard Registration w/Firearm Permit Live Scan form signed by the Live Scan site operator. A $38 Firearm Eligibility application, $32 DOJ fingerprint processing fee and $19 FBI fingerprint processing fee must be paid at the Live Scan site.

The firearm training course is 8 hours of classroom training, and 6 hours on the firing range.

The training course covers the following subjects:

  • Moral and Legal Aspects
  • Firearms Terminology
  • Weapon Handling and Shooting Fundamentals
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Range Training

The course must be given by a Bureau-certified firearms training instructor at a Bureau-certified training facility, and you will complete a written and range exam at the end of the course.

Please note that you are allowed to apply for guard registration and a firearm permit at the same time, for a total fee of $219.

You may not carry a gun on duty without having been issued a firearm permit by the Bureau. Also, a firearm permit issued by the Bureau does not authorize you to carry a concealed weapon. You may not carry a concealed weapon on duty without a Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW) issued by local authorities, nor carry a caliber handgun not listed on your firearm permit.

Note: A firearms qualification card expires two years from the date it was issued. An applicant must requalify four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four months apart.

Reference: Security Guard Fact Sheet – Bureau of Security and Investigative Services

23 Responses to “How to Become an Armed Guard in California – Firearm Permit Application Process”

  1. Send information for all necessary training for armed security guard in California. I prefer a class room environment. I need locations and phone numbers that are closest to Moreno Valley as possible.

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  3. Do you need to be 21 in order to become an armed security guard in California?


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  6. this does not show where to get training please update where to get training.

  7. i was in the marines for 16 years do i have to go throught the armed guard protion if i was a weapons instructor.

  8. I would like to get started to becoming an armed guard. If you can get back to me and let me know how and when I can get started ASAP . That would be great thanks

  9. I am only 18. Am I allowed to be an armed guard? I already have a guard card

  10. Hi, Im 18 years old I would like to know if i need to be older than 18 to be an armed security guard

  11. I have Washington and Oregon state armed/unarmed endorsement is it transferable.

  12. I have a unarmed security guard card and is interested in getting my armed guard card

  13. Please email me were to go for security training

  14. I would like to begin a career in the industry. i am eager to start my training and get on the job!

  15. I’ve currently been receiving offers from your state of California for armed/unarmed employment. Chicago has the same quals,just different names for the same I.D’s. My query is are my credentials transferable?Pls reply asap to my email only.

  16. hi my name is ramon middleton. I am trying to get into the armed security field and was hoping if you guys can point me in the right direction. i live in san francisco, california and i have my unarmed guard card already.

  17. I already have my Guard card it’s renewed doesn’t expire Till 2020

    I just want to now how to get a fire arm Permit

  18. I am looking for armed security permit.

  19. What does a armed security officer training cost

  20. Please send me more info on locations in The Bay Area

  21. Hello i need a firearm license for security job. can u plz help me. what caliber i need for security job and where i can get it

  22. I have a firearm license and would like to register for the armed security guard card. Can you tell me where that is and how to register? Thanks

  23. hello I am wondering where about do I go to get my armed security guard card. I already have my guard card but would like to advance in my career.. i live in northern California red bluff to be exact. thank you in advance.

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