Tips to Avoid Delays when Applying for a BSIS License or Permit

Tips to Avoid Delays when Applying for a BSIS License or Permit

Source: California Bureau of Security & Investigative Service

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General

  • Use the most recent application to avoid delays and deficiencies. The most recent applications are available on the BSIS website.
  • If applicable, apply online to avoid delays.
  • If applicable, update your address online.
  • If applicable, make sure that the name on your application and live scan form match.
  • If applicable, make sure that your social security number and Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number are on the live scan form.

Security Guards

  • Incomplete application occurs when there is a missing name, residence address missing if the address of record is a PO Box, date and signature of application, all powers to arrest information not provided, and conviction questions not answered.
  • Name on application should match the live scan form, or significant delays could occur.
  • It’s helpful for the live scan form to include the social security number and ATI number.
  • If an Active Duty Peace Office (ADPO) and applying for a Security Guard license, only need to include the following as proof: a photocopy of the front and back of the peace officer’s identification card to demonstrate peace officer status and a letter from the officer’s current Commanding Officer attesting to the officer’s completion of power to arrest training, a copy of the officer’s Basic or Specialized Basic POST course completion certificate, or the federal equivalent thereof, or a copy of the officer’s POST profile detailing completion of Basic or Specialized Basic training which includes power to arrest training, or the federal equivalent thereof.
  • If a Veteran and applying for a Security Guard license, only need to include the following as proof: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214) or proof of Military Service.

Firearm Permits – Initial Applications

  • Incomplete application occurs when there is a missing name, residence address missing if the address of record is a PO Box, date, and signature of application.
  • Range Qualification Form incomplete, such as  missing exam score and citizenship verification
  • If an Active Duty Peace Office (ADPO) and applying for a Firearm Permit: a photocopy of the front and back of the peace officer’s identification card to demonstrate peace officer status and a letter from the officer’s current Commanding Officer attesting to the officer’s completion of firearms training, a copy of the officer’s Basic or Specialized Basic POST course completion certificate, or the federal equivalent thereof, or a copy of the officer’s POST profile detailing completion of Basic or Specialized Basic training, or the federal equivalent thereof, in the use of firearms.
  • If an Active Duty Peace Office (ADPO) and applying for a Firearm Permit: Please provide verification of Caliber.

Firearm Permits – Renewal Applications

  • Range Re-qualification page incomplete, such as missing exam score and citizenship verification.
  • Submit renewal applications to the Bureau at least 60 days, but not more than 90 days before expiration.