Proprietary Private Security Officer Fact Sheet

Revised: November 2018

BACKGROUND

A Proprietary Private Security Officer (PSO) is defined generally as an unarmed individual, (1) who is employed exclusively by a single employer, (2) whose primary duty is to provide security services for that employer, (3) whose services are not contracted to any other entity or person, and (4) who meets both of the following criteria:

a. He or she is required to wear a distinctive uniform clearly identifying the individual as a security officer, and

b. He or she is likely to interact with the public while performing his or her duties.

REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION

A Proprietary Private Security Officer must have in his or her possession a valid Proprietary Private Security Officer registration card prior to beginning work as a PSO. Anyone interested in applying for registration as a Proprietary Private Security Officer must satisfy the following prerequisites:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

APPLICATION SUBMISSION PROCESS

1. Prepare three identical duplicates (copies) of a Proprietary Private Security Officer Live Scan form .

2. With the three copies of the Proprietary Private Security Officer Live Scan form in hand, go to the nearest Live Scan site to have your fingerprints electronically submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

3. Pay the Live Scan Operator:
  $32.00 DOJ Fingerprint Processing Fee
  $17.00 FBI Fingerprint Processing Fee
  Subtotal: $49.00

NOTE: In addition, you must pay a processing fee at the Live Scan site. Each Live Scan site sets its own processing fee, which can vary within a range established by law. BSIS does not set the fee.

4. Assemble the following documents:
(a) A completed Application for Proprietary Private Security Officer .
(b) A check or money order for the application fee , made payable to: "Bureau of Security and Investigative Services"
(c) The second copy of the Proprietary Private Security Officer Live Scan form received from the Live Scan site, signed by the Live Scan Operator, including the ATI number.

Mail the assembled documents and payment to:

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
P.O. Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

OR

Apply Online using BreEZe. The Bureau recommends submitting and paying for your application online as it bypasses the Cashiering Office, which can reduce the processing time by up to two weeks.

Once the BSIS has received and approved the application and criminal history clearances, a cleared Proprietary Private Security Officer registration will appear on the BSIS' website. A registered Proprietary Private Security Officer can verify BSIS approval by checking DCA License Search.

Once the Proprietary Private Security Officer registration appears on the BSIS' website, a screen-print from the website may be used as an interim Proprietary Private Security Officer registration card and the Proprietary Private Security Officer can be placed on assignment. The Proprietary Private Security Officer registration card will be mailed to the registered officer and should be received within 15 to 20 business days following approval.

A Proprietary Private Security Officer placed on assignment must keep the following documents with him/her:

  • A valid Proprietary Private Security Officer registration card
  • A valid photo identification