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 employee application, with no deficiencies, is approximately 8 weeks from the date the Bureau receives it from the Cashiering Unit. The cashiering process can take up to 2 weeks to complete. NOTE: Due to increased workload with firearms permit applications and change in licensing fees, the Bureauís processing times may be slightly higher than eight (8) weeks during the July-August 2018 transition period.
As of 6/18/2018, the Bureau is processing applications received by DCA Cashiering Office during the week noted below.

Application Date
Security Guard (G) April 23, 2018
Alarm Co. Employee (ACE) April 23, 2018
Locksmith Co. Employee (LOC) April 23, 2018
Repo. Agency Employee (RAE) May 29, 2018
Proprietary Private Security Officer (PSO) April 23, 2018
Firearms Permit (FQ) April 23, 2018
Baton Permit (BAT) April 16, 2018
Veteran Employee Applications May 3, 2018
Veteran Firearms Permit Applications May 3, 2018

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