When do You Need to get Your Guard Card?
In California, you need to get a Guard Card if you work for a licensed Private Patrol Operator (PPO) and you provide services as a security guard. Bodyguards are considered security guards in CA. Active and retired Peace Officers (Police Officers) are also required to have Guard Cards, if they are working as security guards when not on duty as Peace Officers.
What does a Security Guard Card look Like?
The following is an example image of the Guard Card you must carry with you while on duty as a security guard.
To check if your license is current and valid, call the BSIS License Verification Hotline at (916) 575-7000, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or your Guard Card can also be checked online at the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services website.
What should You Read Next?
- For more information about the Guard Card application process, read How to Become a Security Guard.
- For the Guard Card training requirements, read Guard Card Training.
- If you aren’t sure if you need to get a Guard Card or PSO registration, read How to Determine if You’re a Security Guard or a PSO?