Step 1 – Take the 8-Hour Guard Card Class
- Register for the online guard card class
- Receive your completion certificate as soon as you complete the course
Step 2 – Have Your Fingerprints Taken
- Search on Google for near Live scan facilities.
- Click here (https://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/guard.pdf) to obtain the fillable Live Scan Form
Step 3 – Submit Your Application to the State
- Fill the APPLICATION FOR SECURITY GUARD REGISTRATION click here https://bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/gappnew.pdf
- Print out your application
- Apply online as soon as you complete the course
- Or, apply by completing and mailing the application to the State
3 Easy Steps to Get Your Guard Card
- Take our online Guard Card classes
BSIS requires you to take 8 hours of training before you can apply for a California Guard Card. The two required courses are:
- 4 hours – Powers to Arrest
- 4 hours – Weapons of Mass Destruction
You can get these classes in either our California Guard Card Bundle or our “Full 40” Bundle. After you go through the lessons and pass our fail-proof tests, you can download your certificates of completion. Then it’s on to step 2…
- Get fingerprinted
After you pass our Guard Card classes, we’ll give you access to a downloadable Livescan fingerprinting form and a list of every official Livescan fingerprinting facility in California.
Simply fill out the form and take it to the nearest Livescan facility. They’ll fingerprint you and give you a copy of your form along with your Livescan ATI number. You’ll need that number for step
- Submit your application
After you get fingerprinted, you can apply for your Guard Card either by mail or online:
- Online – We recommend this method for the fastest turnaround. We’ll give you access to a video that shows you step-by-step how to complete your BSIS Guard Card application online.
- By Mail – We’ll give you access to a prepared BSIS Guard Card application that you need to fill out and mail in.
And that’s it!
BSIS will do a background check (there is no drug test) and process your application. Their average response time is 15-20 days, but it can be as few as 3-5 days. While you wait for your actual Guard Card to get mailed to you, your name will appear on the BSIS website so employers can verify your registration.
California Guard Card Renewal
By clicking in below link you may view the renewal application.
- Download guard card renewal application
- See rule for online renewal eligibility
Make sure you sign the form.
Renewal application forms without the proper signature verifying that you have completed your continuing education training are considered deficient, which could delay your renewal
Pay the correct guard card renewal fee.
The California guard card renewal fee is $35 if renewed before the expiration date. (The application must be postmarked before the expiration date that appears on your guard card.)
You can still renew your guard card up to 60 days after the expiration date, but the fee increases to $65. If you don’t include the applicable delinquency fee with your application, your renewal will be delayed.
Mail your application to BSIS between 60 and 90 days before your current guard card expires.
Your license is valid for two years and expires the day after the expiration date that appears on your card. It’s recommended that you submit your guard card renewal application to BSIS at least 60 days prior to the expiration date but no sooner than six months.
Mail your application to:
BUREAU OF SECURITY AND
Post Office Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002
After you submit your guard card renewal application
Once BSIS has processed your renewal application, you can use a printout of your renewed license from the BSIS website while you wait for your actual guard card to arrive in the mail. Just be sure the printout shows your new expiration date and that you also carry a valid driver’s license or State-issued ID card while on post.
Remember, your employer CANNOT put you on post without a valid guard card.
If you don’t follow the proper procedures to renew your guard card or if you don’t renew within 60 days after the expiration date (i.e. the allowed delinquency period) you will have to apply for a new guard card. That means paying for guard card classes, fingerprinting, and all the applicable BSIS fees for a new application.