HOW DO I OBTAIN A CALIFORNIA GUARD CARD? (Security officer license)

Step 1: Power to Arrest Instruction & Exam / Weapons of Mass Destruction

This course is for persons interested in becoming security officers in the State of California. The course is required in order to apply for and receive a Guard Card. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. The application process requires a valid photo identification (example; CA driver’s license or passport) and to provide a social security number on the application with Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in order to complete the background check.

The course includes:

Power to Arrest study material and exam
Weapons of Mass Destruction video and exam
What to Expect Working as a Security Officer study material and exam

This course is provided in “open book” format. You may review course materials and videos any time during the exam. Although you are required to pass the Power to Arrest exam with 100% accuracy, you are given unlimited attempts to get all the answers correct. This ensures that you absorb as much material as possible and understand the role and responsibility of a security officer in the state of California. After you complete the course, you must be fingerprinted via Live Scan (Step 2)

Step 2: Fingerprinting and Background Check

Once you have completed the mandatory course, you must print out a Live Scan form (we provide it to you in PDF format) and take it to a local Live Scan Fingerprinting. You will pay the fee directly to the Live Scan operator of your choice for the Department of Justice and FBI background check. Approximate cost is $60 - $75 depending on the Live Scan site. The fee for the Live Scan varies. After you’ve completed your fingerprinting, you must apply with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. (Step 3)

Step 3: Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Application Process (online)

Once you obtain a certificate from the Power to Arrest and Weapons of Mass Destruction course, and complete the fingerprint process, you must apply with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services at the Department of Consumer Affairs online. The cost is $51.

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Weinstein Security, Inc.
930 Shiloh Rd, Bldg 40, Suite 2
Windsor, CA 95492
Ph 707.836.1022 Fax 707.836.1185


Weinstein Security, Inc.
1290 Jefferson Street, Suite E
Napa, CA 94559
Ph 707.492.3905