FAQs About California Security Guard Services
How much does it cost to hire a security guard in California?
Security guard prices vary depending on the specific services needed. A good benchmark is to expect to pay between $25 and $65/hour. Here are a few factors that will impact that price range:
- Degree of experience (ex. off-duty police officers or retired officers will often charge a premium given their experience)
- Desired hours for security services
Do security guards need to be licensed in California?
Yes, all California security guards are required to obtain a “guard card” to work as a security guard in California. Those who work as armed security guards are also required to go through firearm training and receive a firearm permit.
Who regulates security guards in California?
California’s Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) is in charge of issuing security guard licenses and regulating the private security industry
Can bodyguards carry guns in California?
Yes, licensed bodyguards can carry guns in California during duty hours, provided they have a valid firearm permit.
Bodyguards are not permitted to carry guns during off-duty hours.
How do I become a private security guard in California?
The requirements to become a private security guard in California are as follows. You must:
- Be 18 years or older
- Undergo a criminal history background check through both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and California Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Complete the Power to Arrest security guard training (40 hours initially, followed by 8 hours of annual training for renewal)
Visit the BSIS website for more information on how to qualify for your security guard license.