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Application Processing

The Bureau strives to process license applications, initial and renewal, within 4 to 6 weeks from the date the DCA Cashiering Office processes the license application payment. However, due to an increased number of applications received in the past months, current processing times for some application types are running about 6 to 8 weeks.

Be assured the Bureau is taking steps to get all applications processed as soon as possible.

We thank you for your patience during this time.


Initial Applications

For the week of August 31, 2015, the Bureau is working on applications received during the week(s) noted below.

Application* Date
Security Guard Registration Application August 10, 2015
Alarm Company Employee Registration Application August 10, 2015
Locksmith Company Employee Registration Application August 10, 2015
Repossession Agency Employee Registration Application August 20, 2015
Proprietary Private Security Officer Registration Application August 10, 2015
Firearms Permit July 17, 2015
Baton Permit August 13, 2015

Current law authorizes the following license types to begin working with a hardcopy print out from the BSIS website of the approved license along with a valid picture identification while waiting to receive the hard-copy license in the mail.

  • Security Guard
  • Firearm Permit ONLY FOR a Security Guard, Private Patrol Operator (PPO), or a Qualified Manager of a PPO
  • Repossession Agency Qualified Manager
  • Repossession Agency Employee
  • Proprietary Private Security Officer

Renewal Applications   Renewal Tips

For the week of August 31, 2015, the Bureau is working on renewal applications received during the week(s) noted below.

Application* Date
Security Guard Registration Application August 4, 2015
Alarm Company Employee Registration Application August 4, 2015
Locksmith Company Employee Registration Application August 4, 2015
Repossession Agency Employee Registration Application August 4, 2015
Proprietary Private Security Officer Registration Application August 4, 2015
Firearms Permit July 10, 2015
Deficient Renewals for G, ACE, LOC, RAE, and PSO July 24, 2015
Deficient Renewals for FQ Permit June 24, 2015

Current law authorizes the license types below to work with a hardcopy printout from the BSIS website of the current license showing the new expiration date while waiting to receive the hard copy renewed license in the mail.

  • Security Guard
  • Firearm Permit ONLY FOR a Security Guard
  • Locksmith Company Employee
  • Repossession Agency Qualified Manager
  • Repossession Agency Employee
  • Proprietary Private Security Officer
  • Alarm Agent

*For information on company applications, please email the applicable company e-mail address.
http://www.bsis.ca.gov/about_us/contact_us.shtml

This message was updated on August 31, 2015.

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