In California officers are licensed through the issuance of a security registration card, or Guard Card as it is commonly called.
To qualify for unarmed licensure, the applicant must have attained the age of 18 years and be willing to go through a criminal background check process. Those who have committed crimes will have their specific circumstances considered on a case by case basis. There is an appeals process for those who have been denied a Guard Card because of a past criminal conviction.
Security licensees must take 40 hours of training. The training may be administered by either a registered California private patrol operator or a certified security training school. No officer can start work without first taking eight hours of training. In the first 30 days of the officer's job he must sit for an additional 16 hours and take the final 16 hours within six months of his commencement of work. Additionally, prior to seeking a firearms license the officer must take 14 hours of armed security training.
There are several costs associated with registration. The officer must pay a $50 application fee and a $49 fingerprinting fee. Those applying for a firearm permit must pay an additional $38 firearm eligibility application fee and an $80 application fee.
Once secured, the security guard's registration does not have to be renewed for 24 months. The Guard Card costs $25 to renew.
Note: Certain training centers may combine the first eight hour training course, application and live scan fingerprinting into one single action that may be completed at the schools.
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