CA Guard Card License & Training Costs

CA has some of the most extensive requirements to be a security guard compared to other states. This site has the info you need to become a security officer following the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) rules.

Cost Hours Additional Info
Initial security guard training $60 to $250 8 Online training usually less expensive then in classroom training. Guard Card course fee varies by training provider.
Additional 6 months security Guard Card class requirement $250 to $800 32 Again, classes don’t cost as much online. Guard Card training cost set by school, not the BSIS.
Annual CA Guard Card refresher course $40 to $100 8 Lower prices can be found online or your employer may offer in-house training.
Security guard fingerprinting and background check $51 + Live Scan fee N/A The BSIS doesn’t set these fees. Each Live Scan location sets its own fee. The $51 is the standard cost the Department of Justice and FBI charge to process your fingerprints and do your background check.
Guard Card application $75 N/A It takes 1 to 6 weeks to get your Guard Card once the BSIS gets your application. Using the online application is much faster than mailing in your application. The time it takes also depends on how long your background check takes.
Guard Card renewal $35 N/A Renew your California Guard Card every 2 years.

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