Security Guard Training in California

To become an unarmed security guard and apply for registration in the state of California, prospective guards are required to be at least 18 years or older, undergo a criminal history background check administered through the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and  complete a 40 hour security guard training course in order to build knowledge.

Note that the 40 hour course of Security Guard Training is divided into three segments within six months, and either a private patrol operator or certified training facility may oversee the training and final exam. Furthermore, 8 hours must be completed prior to being assigned on post, 16 hours must be completed within the first 30 days and 16 more hours must be completed within the first six months. As such, this equals a total a 40 hours.

Security Guard TrainingFive Steps to Expedite Online Processing for Security Guards in California

To expedite online processing of the application to become a security guard, five steps must be followed:

Step One

The security guard has to have obtained the eight hour “Power to Arrest” training and successfully completed the exam

Step Two

The applicant, private patrol operator or the training facility must submit the security guard application online here at:

USD $51.00 – Security Guard Application Fee

USD $1.00 – Online Convenience Fee

Step Three

The security guard applicant must submit their fingerprints electronically using Live Scan which can be downloaded from the Bureau’s website at a total costs of USD $51.00.

USD $32.00 – Department of Justice Fingerprint Fee

USD $19.00 – Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee

Note: Click her for Live Scan sites.

Step Four

Once the FBI has received the application and the criminal history is clear, the security guard will show up on the Bureau’s Web site where it states “Verify a License”. The security guard can then be placed on assignment once a screen-print is made and used for registration. Please note that the actual registration for the security guard will be mailed and should be obtained within 10 to 15 days of business.

Step Five

Security guards that are positioned on-duty at all times have to have a corrected and cleared security guard registration or screen-print of their approval from the Bureau’s website and a legal photo of identification.

Normal Processing

Applications may also be submitted to the Bureau via the traditional way:

  • Submit your completed security guard application
  • Pay application/registration fee of USD $50.00
  • Obtain a Live Scan form signed by Live Scan
  • Pay USD $32.00 Department of Justice fingerprint processing fee at the Live Scan site
  • Pay USD $19.00 FBI fingerprint processing fee at the Live Scan site
  • Package and ship to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, P.O. Box 989002, West Sacramento, CA 95798


Security Guard Jobs in California

Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Hourly median wage Annual median wage
California 136,120 $13.33 $27,730 $11.60 $24,120

SOC code: Standard Occupational Classification code

Data extracted on December 25, 2013

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