Permit for Exposed Firearms Training

A hands-on, 14-hours, firearms training course to earn your BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit. Guards with an Exposed Firearms Permit have a much higher earning potential. Includes lecture and practical training (live fire on range).

The California Private Security Industry is governed by laws enacted by the California Legislature and contained in the California Business and Professions Code. These laws are known as the Proprietary Security Services Act and the Private Security Services Act and can be found at www.bsis.ca.gov.

To provide for and protect public safety, the Legislature included laws to make sure that armed Security Guards obtain a minimum level of training on the carrying and use of a firearm.

To obtain a Firearm Qualification, while working as a security guard, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services has developed a specific course for training on the moral and legal aspects of carrying a firearm, de-escalation of potentially violent situations, knowledge of and maintaining the parts of a firearm, how to handle a weapon and actual experience of firing a weapon.

Specifically, California law requires that a Firearms Training Facility and the Firearms Instructor both be licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. The course that is to be taught includes a minimum of 8 hours of classroom training and as many hours as needed range training.

The BSIS requires students to provide proof of citizenship or legal residency prior to course participation!

The firearm training course is designed to teach students basic technical aspects and legal responsibilities inherent in carrying and using a firearm. Knowing how and when to use a firearm are equally important. Knowing how to use the firearm may save your life. Knowing when to use the firearm may keep you from being criminally prosecuted and going to jail.

San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Security Guard Firearms Qualification, Requalification and Training

We offer the full suite of California Guard Card Firearm Courses, including:

  • Inital firearms qualification
  • Biannual re-qualifications
  • Continuing Education Courses

We have no fine print nor do we have any hidden costs. When inquiring about pricing ask questions and never assume the price includes everything. Our training facilities have all BSIS forms and will help students with filling them out before leaving. All of our instructors are professional, have Masters or Bachelors Degrees and are NRA - BSIS Certified.

All students are provided with printed and professionally-bound manuals which they keep (take home).

Prices

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Permit for Exposed Firearm and Requalifications Price
Firearms course, initial, 1 caliber
     With ammunition (9mm or .40)
     Without ammunition
$140.00
$120.00
Firearms course, initial, 2 calibers
     With ammunition (9mm or .40)
     Without ammunition
$180.00
$140.00
Firearms course, initial, 3 calibers
     With ammunition (9mm or .40)
     Without ammunition
$220.00
$160.00
Requalification, 1 caliber, without ammunition $40.00
Each additional requalification per caliber, without ammunition $20.00

Free gun rental with purchase of range ammo.
For calibers other than 9mm or .40, it will be $20 plus ammo costs.

Permit for Exposed Firearm Application

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To apply for a firearm permit, applicants must:

  • Complete a 14-hour course (8 hours classroom, 6 hours range) in the carrying and use of firearms given by a Bureau-certified firearms training instructor at a Bureau certified training facility
  • Pass the written and range exams given at the end of the course
  • Be a United States citizen or have permanent legal alien status; and
  • Submit a firearm permit application, pay an $80 application fee and submit a Live Scan form (which is appropriate to your license or registration) signed by the Live Scan site operator.

Renewals

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Firearm permits expire two years from the date of issuance. An applicant must requalify four (4) times during the life of the permit: twice (2) during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice (2) during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four (4) months apart. The application for renewal should be submitted to the Bureau within 60 days before the expiration date. The current fee for renewing a firearm permit is $98. You may not renew your permit once you have allowed it to expire. You must instead apply for a new permit.

Failure to complete the twice-a-year course review and range requalification may result in the Bureau denying the application to renew a firearm permit at the expiration of the two-year permit. If the Bureau denies an application for a renewal of a firearm permit, the applicant must re-apply as an initial applicant for a new firearm permit. As a result, the applicant may not carry a firearm on duty until the Bureau issues a new firearm permit.

Guard Card Permit for Exposed Firearms Training

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The California Private Security Industry is governed by laws enacted by the California Legislature and contained in the California Business and Professions Code. These laws are known as the Proprietary Security Services Act and the Private Security Services Act and can be found at www.bsis.ca.gov.

To provide for and protect public safety, the Legislature included laws to make sure that armed Security Guards obtain a minimum level of training on the carrying and use of a firearm.

To obtain a Permit for Exposed Firearm, while working as a security guard, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services has developed a specific course for training on the moral and legal aspects of carrying a firearm, de-escalation of potentially violent situations, knowledge of and maintaining the parts of a firearm, how to handle a weapon and actual experience of firing a weapon.

Specifically, California law requires that a Firearms Training Facility and the Firearms Instructor both be licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. The course that is to be taught includes a minimum of 8 hours of classroom training and as many hours as needed range training.

The BSIS requires students to provide proof of citizenship or legal residency prior to course participation!

The firearm training course is designed to teach students basic technical aspects and legal responsibilities inherent in carrying and using a firearm. Knowing how and when to use a firearm are both equally important. Knowing how to use the weapon may save your life. Knowing when to use the weapon may keep you from being criminally prosecuted and going to jail.

In Order to Carry An Exposed Firearm While On Duty

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  • SECURITY GUARD MUST POSSESS BOTH A VALID SECURITY GUARD REGISTRATION AND A VALID FIREARM PERMIT.
  • AN ALARM AGENT MUST POSSESS BOTH A VALID ALARM AGENT REGISTRATION AND A VALID FIREARM PERMIT.
  • A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR MUST HAVE PASSED THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR EXAMINATION, POSSESS BOTH A VALID PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR LICENSE AND A VALID FIREARM PERMIT.
  • A PRIVATE PATROL OPERATOR MUST HAVE PASSED THE PRIVATE PATROL OPERATOR EXAMINATION AND POSSESS BOTH A VALID PRIVATE PATROL OPERATOR LICENSE AND A VALID FIREARM PERMIT.
  • AN ALARM COMPANY OPERATOR MUST HAVE PASSED THE ALARM COMPANY OPERATOR EXAMINATION AND POSSESS BOTH A VALID ALARM COMPANY QUALIFIED MANAGER LICENSE AND A VALID FIREARM PERMIT.

  • You may not carry a gun on duty without having been issued a Permit for Exposed Firearm by the Bureau. Also, a firearm permit issued by the Bureau does not authorize you to carry a concealed weapon. You may not carry a concealed weapon on duty without a Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW) issued by local authorities, nor carry a caliber handgun not listed on your firearm permit.

Permit for Exposed Firearm Restrictions

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  • Although students have paid the firearm course fees, successful completion of the course is not guaranteed. Students must establish to the instructor's satisfaction that they are proficient in the handling of the weapon and in meeting course requirements.

Peace Officers

Section 3: Active Duty Law Enforcement Officer Disclosure - As of January 1, 1997, California Business and Professions Code sections 7522 and 7582.2 (Stats. of 1996, ch. 710; SB 1375), require active duty peace officers who perform the duties of an armed private security officer, armed private investigator, armed private patrol operator, or armed alarm company operator or agent to maintain a qualifying license/registration and a firearm permit. If you are an active duty peace officer as defined in Chapter 4.5, (commencing with section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, and are currently authorized by your employing agency to carry a firearm, you are exempt from completing a firearm training course but will be required to submit proof of active duty status before issuance of a firearm permit.

Felons, Prohibited Misdemeanors, and Domestic Violence Prohibitions

Firearm permits are not issued by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) to a person who has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor that prohibits the person from carrying or possessing a firearm.

Specifically, the Bureau SHALL NOT issue a firearm permit to: A convicted felon (Business and Professions Code Section 7583.23(d); Penal Code Sections 12021 and 12021.1); to a person convicted of a misdemeanor who is prohibited from possession of a firearm for a period of 10 years (Penal Code Section 12021(c)(1)); nor to an individual with a history of domestic violence or who is subject to a Temporary Restraining Order (a TRO) - (Penal Code Section 12028.5)

Students may also be denied a firearm permit if they have been convicted of a crime of violence, such as assault, battery, assault with a deadly weapon, or a weapons violations, such as brandishing a weapon, illegal possession of and/or discharge of a weapon or carrying a concealed weapon without a concealed weapon permit.

BSIS Permit for Exposed Firearm Fees

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Permit for Exposed Firearm Application Fees

Item Fee
Permit for Exposed Firearm Application Fee  
$80.00
Total $80.00

Permit for Exposed Firearm Live Scan (Background Check) Fees

Applicants must submit fingerprints electronically using Live Scan. Fees are paid to the Live Scan operator.

Item Fee
Department of Justice (DOJ) Fingerprint Fee $32.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprint Fee $17.00
Firearm Eligibility Application Fee $38.00
Live Scan Operator Fees
(set by Live Scan operator)
Variable
Total $87.00
+
Variable

BSIS Renewal Fees

Renewal fees are due every two (2) years.

Item Fee
Guard Card Renewal Fees  
$35.00
Permit for Exposed Firearm Renewal Fees  
$98.00
Baton Permit Renewal Fees  
None
Chemical Agent (OC/Pepper spray) Permit Renewal Fees  
None

Source: BSIS Registration/Permits Fee Schedule

Proof of U.S. Citizenship

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Bureau-certified Firearm Training Facilities/Instructors are required to verify the U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency status of any individual seeking firearm training, for the purpose of obtaining or renewing a Bureau Firearm Permit, prior to offering the firearms training course. This information can also be found in Attachment 1 of the Bureau-issued Firearms Training Manual.

Any initial or renewal Firearm Permit Application submitted to the Bureau without this required information will be sent back to the applicant with instructions to return the form to the instructor who completed the applicant's firearm training.

DOCUMENTS ACCEPTABLE AS EVIDENCE OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP OR U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS:

  • Alien Registration Receipt Card [green card] (INS Form I-151 or AR-3a; issued by INS prior to June 1978) -- This card must contain a photograph of the bearer.
  • Permanent Resident Card [green card] (INS Form I-551, revised edition of INS Form I-151) -- This card must contain a photograph of the bearer.
  • Certificate of Naturalization (INS Form N-550 or N-570) -- This certificate must contain a photograph of the bearer with a dry seal over the photograph.
  • United States Citizen Identification Card (INS Form I-197) -- INS no longer issues these cards, however, once issued, they do not expire. Card must contain photo & physical description.
  • Identification Card for use of Resident Citizen in the United States (INS Form I-179) -- INS stopped issuing this card in 1977; however, once issued, they do not expire. Card must contain photograph.
  • Certificate of United States Citizenship (INS Form N-560 or N-561)
  • Certificate of Birth abroad issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545 or form DS-1350)
  • Native American Tribal documents
  • United States Military ID card or DD214, Geneva Convention Identification card for Active Military Person
  • Report of Separation [military discharge] (Form DD-214)
  • Birth Certificate showing birth in the United States, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Swains Island, or United States Virgin Islands
  • United States Passport Book (unexpired) or United States Passport Card (unexpired)
  • Permit to Re-enter the United States (INS Form I-327)
  • Refugee or parolee documents only if accompanied by INS Form I-151, AR-3a, or I­-551
  • Temporary Resident Card (INS Form I-688) ONLY IF the reverse side of the card displays a sticker that bears the seal of the U.S. Department of Justice issued by INS evidencing temporary proof of citizenship or permanent residence.

BSIS Notices

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September 29, 2016

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1196 (Hill) into law on September 29, 2016. This bill makes various changes to the practice acts regulated by the Bureau. Below are summaries of some changes made by the legislation that impact security guards seeking exposed firearms permits:

Private Security Services Act.

Effective January 1, 2018, a security guard applying for an initial BSIS Firearms Permit must be found capable of exercising appropriate judgment, restraint, and self-control for the purposes of carrying a firearm during the course of their guard duties. The determination will be carried out via an assessment administered by a third-party vendor selected by the Bureau. The cost of the assessment will be borne by the applicant; however, a designee or the applicant's employer may elect to cover the costs of this assessment.

July 20, 2016

This notice follows up the Bureau's advisement in June 2016 that it had suspended the practice of adding a caliber to a current BSIS Firearms Permit because the process being used was not specified in law.

After extensive analysis of the laws and regulations, the Bureau has determined that the only legal pathway to add a caliber to an existing firearms permit under current Bureau law and regulations is for the permit holder to complete the course of training in the carrying and use of a firearm required to obtain an initial firearm permit, as prescribed by, Title 16, Division 7, Section 635 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically:

  • Completion of at least 8 hours of classroom instruction on the carrying and use of a firearm,
  • Passing a Bureau-approved written firearm exam with a minimum score of 85%, and
  • Discharging 50 rounds a minimum of two (2) times, one (1) round for practice and one (1) round for score.

Pursuant to Business and Professions Code sections 7583.2(f) and 7599.40, the Bureau has developed the Certificate of Proficiency in Specified Caliber(s) and Request for Replacement Permit form.

The form can be found on the Bureau's website at
http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/proficiency_cert.pdf

and additional information for instructors and firearms permit holders may be found at
http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/calibar_add.pdf

June 1, 2016

*NOTICE REGARDING "ADD CALIBERS" TO BSIS FIREARMS PERMIT*

The Bureau of Security & Investigative Services (Bureau) has suspended the practice of adding a caliber on a current BSIS Firearms Permit. Any "Add Caliber" requests postmarked after June 3, 2016 will not be processed.

During the recent revisions of the Firearms Permit Application, it was noted that the process used to add a caliber to an existing firearms permit is not specified in law.

The Bureau is researching how to address this issue as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and will provide an update once this issue has been resolved.

May 2016: New BSIS Firearms Permit Forms

On May 20, 2016 the BSIS published new Exposed Firearms Permit applications. There are now two (2) forms: One (1) for the initial application and a second (2) for the periodic requalifications.


In an effort to simplify the BSIS Firearms Permit application process, the Bureau separated the Application for Firearms Permit, which was used for both initial issuance and renewal of a BSIS Firearms Permit, into two separate forms. Specifically, the two new forms are:

Firearms Permit Initial Application
Firearms Permit Renewal Application

The new forms, which are dated May 2016, provide additional information on the respective application process and requirements, and are available on the Bureau's website at www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/index.shtml.

Effective September 1, 2016, the Bureau will only accept firearm permit applications on the new forms. Outdated forms may be deemed deficient and require the completion of a new application on the current form.

NOTE: For individuals who have begun their requalification requirements prior to September 1, 2016, they may provide the requalification information on the prior application form. However, any requalifications completed after September 1, 2016 and the submission of the renewal application after September 1, 2016 must be submitted on the new forms.


Source: http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/new_firearm.shtml

May 2016: New DOJ Live Scan Process Delays Applications


LIVE SCAN PROCESS UPDATE

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently changed their process for issuing criminal history responses when an applicant submits one set of fingerprints for both a BSIS license and firearms permit using a combination Live Scan forms (e.g. Security Guard w/Firearm). This change may delay the Bureau's processing of your license application.

To help avoid delays in the processing of your license application, you may wish to consider submitting two sets of fingerprints with separate Live Scan forms (e.g. Security Guard and Security Guard w/Firearm). Please note, however, that submitting fingerprints through two Live Scan forms is more expensive than submitting fingerprints with one combination Live Scan form.


Source: http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/update.shtml

July 16, 2015

The Bureau would like to remind Bureau Certified Firearm Training Facilities and Instructors to use the current version, revised 11/2014, of the Bureau's Application for Firearms Permit which is located on the Bureau's website.

Older versions of the Application for Firearms Permit lack required legal updates which have been made as a result of law changes. In the event that an older version of the Application for Firearms Permit is submitted, the Bureau may return it to the applicant/licensee as deficient if required information is missing. An application deficiency will cause a delay with processing an initial or renewal firearms permit application.

You may contact the Bureau with any questions you may have:

Phone: 916-322-4000 or 800-952-5210

July 7, 2015

The Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (Bureau or BSIS) would like to remind Bureau-certified Firearm Training Facilities and Instructors that they are statutorily mandated to verify the U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency status of any individual seeking firearm training, for the purpose of obtaining or renewing a Bureau Firearm Permit, prior to offering the firearms training course. Accordingly, Firearm Training Facilities and Instructors must complete the U.S. citizenship/residence certification section on the BSIS Application for Firearms Permit.

Any initial or renewal Firearms Permit Application submitted without the Citizenship or Permanent Residence Verification section completed will be returned to the applicant with instructions to return to the Firearm Training Facility so that the instructor who completed the firearm training may complete the section.