Initial Application Timelines

Deficient applications take longer to process due to the Bureau having to create and mail a letter to the applicant to request the missing information. Avoid application deficiencies. Click here to view Common Initial Application Licensing Delays.


The total processing time for a paper application, with no deficiencies, is approximately 8 weeks from the date the Bureau receives it from the Cashiering Unit. NOTE: The cashiering process can take up to 2 weeks to complete.
As of 11/13/2017, the Bureau is processing applications received by DCA Cashiering Office during the week noted below.

Application Date
Security Guard (G) October 10, 2017
Alarm Co. Employee (ACE) October 10, 2017
Locksmith Co. Employee (LOC) October 10, 2017
Repo. Agency Employee (RAE) October 5, 2017
Proprietary Private Security Officer (PSO) October 10, 2017
Firearms Permit (FQ) October 10, 2017
Baton Permit (BAT) August 29, 2017
Veteran Employee Applications October 18, 2017
Veteran Firearms Permit Applications October 18, 2017

If you have not heard from the Bureau within 6 weeks from submission of a BreEZe online application or 8 weeks from submission of a paper application, email the Bureau at bsis@dca.ca.gov.


Working with a Web Print Out

Current law authorizes the following license types to work with a hardcopy print out of the approved license from the BreEZe License Search website along with a valid picture ID while waiting to receive a hardcopy 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