Once you have a CA Guard Card, you probably want to keep it as it gives you more job opportunities. However, if it is time for your guard card renewal, you can take the PSO training and register as a PSO. Please contact the BSIS for further information on how to go from being a security guard to private security officer as there aren’t specific BSIS guidelines for this process. (800) 952-5210 or (916) 322-4000.
NO. A Guard Card allows you to work for any PSE or PPO.
Yes, if you have a valid firearm permit from the BSIS and your employer approves your carrying a weapon while on duty. When getting your fingerprints taken for your background check, you should also use the form for an armed security guard, not an unarmed security guard.
If your employer doesn’t want you to carry weapons while on duty, then you should not do so even if you have a firearms permit. If you need to carry a baton, you also need a baton permit. If you want to carry pepper spray, you should get training on how to use it correctly and when to use it.
Yes, applicants with criminal histories are considered and registration decisions are rendered on a case-by-case basis. Your Guard Card application might be denied if you have been convicted of any crime or act substantially related to the qualifications, functions or duties of a security, except those crimes excluded by the provisions of Penal Code section 19.8. However, when appropriate, the BSIS will consider all submitted evidence of rehabilitation.
No, you must have a valid Guard Card in your possession before working as a security guard.
Welcome to our California Security Guard Card & Private Patrol Operator website. Our mission is to give you the most complete information about how to be a security guard in CA. There are multiple things you have to do and forms to fill out and get to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) before you can get a Guard Card. You need a Guard Card in order to get a job as a security guard in California. If it’s your first time going through all the steps to become a security guard, it is easy to miss a step as the BSIS website can be hard to follow. We hope you find this site useful in getting your Guard Card.
We are starting with only the steps to become an unarmed security guard. In the future we will add the information about becoming an armed security guard. In summary, though, you must have a firearms permit from California before you can carry a weapon on duty as a security guard. The BSIS website has information about getting your firearm permit.