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California Guard Requirements

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  • Online training course for new California security guards!

  • Get your California Guard Card FAST & EASY!

  • There are only few online guard card courses.  This is one of them!

  • This is a legitimate, BSIS-licensed school.

  • Your new California Guard Card can be used anywhere in the state.

  • Power To Arrest, Weapons of Mass Destruction & Terrorism Awareness - 8 Hour Guard Card Course.

  • No need to find a far-away school or training facility!  

  • Do you live in another state and want to get started on a California guard card?

  • Start a course in 1 or 2 minutes.

  • Is it 12 midnight and you are in the mood to start your California Guard Card training?  No problem!

  • Starting to feel tired & want to stop right now & maybe restart at breakfast?  Without offending the instructor & classmates?  No problem!

  • Any time of day 24/7!

And the best thing is:  You can do this at home or at your office!  Right now!

  • The ultimate convenience because you can attend 24 hours per day and 7 days per week
  • No need to leave the comfort of your own home or office
  • Finish at your own pace --- as fast or as slow as you want



Notice:  For far too long, no company was offering an online training course to meet the online needs of the California security guards and their AB2880 training requirements.  This company is one of the first to address this need, and because of their background in both the security industry and extensive experience with Internet web design, development, operation and web marketing, it is well-positioned for success in this venture.   


1.    Complete 8-hour credit Guard Card Course (this online course) which is comprised of Power To Arrest (4 hours) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) / Terrorism Awareness (4 hours).  There is a test you have to complete and pass at the conclusion of the course.

2.  You need to go to a Livescan facility for digital fingerprinting and a background check by the FBI and DOJ.  There are many hundreds of Livescan facilities throughout California.  But it has to be in the state of California.  On the left margin of this page at the top, there is a listing of Livescan facilities you can go to.  Each has a different rolling fee.  There is a consistent $51 that has to be included for the FBI and DOJ fees.  If you have a clean criminal history, you will be able to proceed.  If you have a mark in your criminal history, this will be evaluated.  For example, a felony will reject your application.  A misdemeanor can also, depending on the type and age of the misdemeanor, as well as how many.  A person with a misdemeanor can possibly obtain it, but it can also be denied on that basis.  A person who gets his application rejected can appeal.  It is rare, but it has been possible for someone with a non-violent felony to obtain a guard card, but again, this is rare.

3.  Mail your guard card application to B.S.I.S. in West Sacramento or register online.  A $50 application fee must be included.  (If you register online, B.S.I.S. adds a $1 online convenience fee for processing.)

4.  Your California Guard Card will be mailed to you from B.S.I.S. in West Sacramento.  Also, you can check online for the issuance of your guard card.  If the record shows your permit has been issued, you can print that record and use this in the interim before you receive the hardcopy through the mail.    For your convenience, click here to check for the existence (or not) of your guard card.


Very simply, there are none.  You don't need a high school diploma, don't need to pass the G.E.D.


Assembly Bill AB 2880 which came into law in California in the year 2004, requires new guard to obtain a total of 40 hours of training in their first year.  So, the one-day, 8-hour Guard Card course fulfills part of that total 40 hours needed.  But an additional 32 hours is mandated, as follows: 

  • Additional 16 hours after 30 days from guard card permit issuance or starting security job
  • Additional 16 hours after 6 months from guard card permit issuance or starting security job
  • Annual 8-hour refresher course each year


You need a 14-hour training course for the firearms permit.  This is not available yet online (and with regard to shooting, may not ever be available online).  So you will need to find a physical, non-online course for the firearms permit.  It may be that in the future, a course is available that teaches the non-range part of the requirements and the course concludes with livefire at a range. 


Firearms permit holders need to requalify two times per year, 4 to 6 months apart from each other.  Since the firearms permit is for 2-years before it needs to be renewed, you need to requalify 4 times before renewing.  Nobody will send you a reminder to requalify so this is something that you need to keep track of.

Requalifying means you have to shoot the standard B.S.I.S. standard course of fire from varying distances between 3 yards to 15 yards.  You will shoot 50 rounds at an NRA B-27 human silhouette target and have to hit 40 out of 50.  So that is a very generous 10 misses that you are allowed.   This shooting needs to be administered, supervised and approved by a B.S.I.S. licensed firearms instructor.

Here's a reminder to practice your left-handed, unsupported shooting.  You will shoot 6 rounds this way.

Also remember that the instructor will have a stopwatch for an added stress on you.  You will be timed.  But in reality, an experienced shooter is able to pass this course of fire quite easily.


There are variable length OC Pepper Spray training courses that exist but all you need to be able to carry OC Pepper Spray on the job is a 2-hour course.  Just as long as it meets the California DOJ content with regard to legality, and it is conducted by a legitimate instructor, a carry permit can be issued.     Unlike the firearms permit and the guard card, this carry permit can be issued on the same day of completion of the course.


This is a full, one-day course that needs to be taught by a B.S.I.S. baton licensed instructor.  As with the OC pepper spray carry permit, the baton permit can be issued on the same day as the course.


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Observe that a California guard card can be used in any locality in the state of California.  All localities in California are covered, and if your city is not specified below but is inside the state boundary of California, it is under the jurisdiction of the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and the guard card can be used.  You can train anywhere for your California guard card and use it anywhere in California.  It does not even matter if you take this course out-of-state.  This is a means for someone planning to move and work in California later as a guard to get a head start on obtaining training before stepping a foot in California.

Service areas of Guard Card Online is statewide, including but not limited to below.  

Counties in the Inland Empire are San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  San Bernardino includes:  
Aguanga, Alberhill, Anza, Arlington, Banning, Beaumont, Bermuda Dunes, Blythe, Cabazon,  Calimesa,  Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Coachella Valley, Corona, Desert Center, Desert Hot Springs, Eagle Mountain, Edgemont,  Frontera, Garnet, Gillman Hot Springs,  Glen Avon, Hemet, Highgrove, Homeland,  Idyllwild,  Indian Wells,  Indio,  La Quinta, Lake Elsinore,  Lake Mathews,  Lakeview,  March AFB, Mead Valley,  Meadowbrook, Mecca, Menifee, Midland,  Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Mountain Center, Murrieta, Norco, North Palm Springs, North Shore, Nuevo, Oasis, Palm City, Palm Desert,  Palm Springs, Pedley,  Perris,  Rancho California, Rancho Mirage,  Ripley,  Riverside,  Romoland,  Rubidoux, San Jacinto,  Sky Valley, Sun City, Sunnymead, Temecula,  Thermal, Thousand Palms,  Whitewater,  Wildomar,  Winchester.

Riverside includes:  Adelanto, Alta Loma, Amboy, Angelus Oaks, Apple Valley, Argus, Arrowbear Lake, Arrowhead Highlands, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake,  Big River, Bloomington,  Blue Jay, Cedarpines Park, Chino, Chino Hills, Colorado River Indian Reservation, Colton, Crestline,  Daggett, Del Rosa,  Earp, Essex, Fawnskin, Fenner, Fontana, Forest Falls,  Fort Irwin, Fort Mohave Indian Reservation, Grand Terrace, Green Valley Lake, Guasti,  Havasu Lake,  Helendale, Hesperia, Highland,  Hinkley,  Ivanpah, Joshua Tree, Kelso, Lake Arrowhead, Landers,  Lenwood, Loma Linda, Lucerne Valley, Ludlow, Lytle Creek, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, Mentone, Montclair, Moonridge, Morongo Valley, Mount Baldy,  Mountain Pass, Muscoy, Needles,  Newberry Springs,  Nipton, Norton AFB, Oak Glen, Ontario, Oro Grande, Parker Dam, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Pioneertown, Rancho Cucamonga, Red Mountain,  Redlands, Rialto, Rimforest, Running Springs, San Bernardino, Skyforest, Sugarloaf, Trona,  Twentynine Palms,  Twin Peaks,  Upland,  Victorville, Vidal,  Westend, Wrightwood, Yermo, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley.

Los Angeles County includes:   Acton, Agoura, Agoura Hills, Agua Dulce, Alhambra, Almondale, Alondra Park, Altadena, Antelope Acres, Arcadia, Arleta, Artesia, Athens, Avalon, Azusa, Bailey, Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Park, Bassett, Bel Air Estates, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bouquet Canyon, Bradbury, Brents Junction, Brentwood, Los Angeles, Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Canyon Country, Carson, Castaic, Catalina Island, Cerritos, Chatsworth, City of Industry, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Del Aire, Del Sur, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles, Echo Park, El Monte, El Segundo,Elizabeth Lake, Encino, Florence, Forest Park, Friendly Hills, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Gorman, Granada Hills, Green Valley, Hacienda Heights, Harbor City, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Hyde Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, Kagel Canyon, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta,La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente,La Verne, Ladera Heights, Lake Hughes, Lake Los Angeles, Lakeview Terrace, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Lennox, Leona Valley, Littlerock, Llano, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Maclay, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Maywood, Mint Canyon, Mission Hills, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Montrose, Mount Wilson, Newhall, North Gardena, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Norwalk, Oban, Olive View, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Pallett, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Estates, Panorama City, Paramount, Pasadena, Pearblossom, Pearland, Pico Rivera, Playa Del Rey, Pomona, Porter Ranch, Quartz Hill, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rancho Park, Ravenna, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead,Rowland Heights,San Dimas,San Fernando,San Gabriel, San Marino, San Pedro,Santa Clarita,Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Saugus, Seminole Hot Springs,Sepulveda, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre,Signal Hill, Sleepy Valley, Solemint, South El Monte, South Gate, South Pasadena, South Whittier, Stevenson Ranch,Studio City,Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Tarzana, Temple City,Terminal Island,Toluca Lake, Topanga, Torrance,Tujunga, Universal City, Valencia, Valinda, Valley Village,Valyermo, Van Nuys, Vasquez Rocks, Venice, Verdugo City, Vernon, View Park, Vincent, Walnut, Walnut Park, West Covina, West Hills, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Westwood, Whittier, Willowbrook, Wilmington, Wilsona Gardens, Winnetka, Woodland Hills  

Cities and localities in Orange County include:  Aliso Viejo,  Anaheim, Balboa Island,  Brea,  Buena Park, Capistrano Beach,  Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point,  El Toro Station, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley,  Fullerton, Garden Grove,  Huntington Beach,  Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills,  Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods,  Lake Forest,  Los Alamitos, Midway City, Mission Viejo,  Modjeska, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach,  Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rossmoor,  San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado,  Stanton,  Sunset Beach, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster,  Yorba Linda. 

San Diego County includes:   Agua Caliente Springs,  Alpine,  Bonita, Bonsall, Borrego Springs, Boulevard, Camp Pendleton, Campo,  Cardiff, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar,  Descanso, Dulzura, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook,  Guatay,  Imperial Beach,  Jacumba,  Jamul, Julian, La Jolla,  La Mesa, Lake San Marcos,  Lakeside, Lemon Grove,  Leucadia, Lincoln Acres,  Mount Laguna, National City, Oceanside, Ocotillo Wells, Pacific Beach, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley,  Pine Valley,  Potrero,  Poway, Rainbow,  Ramona, Ranchita, Rancho Santa Fe,  San Diego,  San Luis Rey, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Santa Ysabel, Santee,  Solana Beach, Spring Valley,  Valley Center, Vista, Warner Springs 

Cities and localities in Ventura include:  Bardsdale, Camarillo, Fillmore, Meiners Oaks, Montalvo, Moorpark, Mussel Shoals, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Piru, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Simi Valley, Somis, Thousand Oaks, Ventura.

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