Guard Card Training - Powers to Arrest

To be eligible to apply for a security guard card registration, you must:

  • 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)
  • Complete a 40-hour course of required training

Breakdown of Fees Paid:

EKS Security, Inc
Power to Arrest Course Fee $ 50.00

BSIS Application Fee:
Guard Card Application Fee $50.00
State On-Line Fee (7-10 Days to Issue License) $1.00
Total BSIS Application Fee $ 51.00

Live Scan Fees:
Department of Justice Fingerprint Fee $ 32.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee $ 17.00<
Live Scan Rolling Fees $ 20.00
Total Live Scan Fees $ 69.00



 You must have received the eight (8) hour California Guard Card training and passed the examination with a 100%.

Includes instruction, written exam, guard card course, state application, and fingerprint (live scan) forms  


Live Scan Finger Printing – (Done in our facility)


You must submit the security guard card application to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services either by mail or online at www.BSIS.CA.GOV after you complete the live scan.


Guard Cards are issued by Bureau of Security & Investigative Services (BSIS) based upon their standards and requirements.  EKS Security, Inc. can submit all the appropriate paperwork to BSIS to facilitate the rapid approval of your Guard Card.  EKS Security, Inc makes every effort to ensure that all applications are accurate and complete.  EKS SECURITY DOES NOT ISSUE YOUR GUARD CARD

To check the status of your application you can call (916) 322-400 or online at Bureau of Security & Investigative Services



The Power to Arrest Course consists of four (4) hours of training in both of the following two (2) subjects:

A. Powers to Arrest - 4 hours

Objective: To familiarize and instruct the individual on the training topics delineated at Business and Professions Code section 7583.7, including, without limitation, legal aspects, techniques, liability, and company requirements relating to the arrest of an individual. The training will utilize the Department of Consumer Affairs' Power to Arrest Training Manual and may include lecture, discussion, exercises and role-playing.

Overview of Power to Arrest Manual and subject matter.

Definition of arrest and discussion on the implications to the subject, the guard and the company.

Lecture/discussion on escalation and de-escalation techniques in the use of force.

Lecture/discussion in the use of restraint techniques and their implications.

Discussion of trespass laws and implications of enforcement.

Completion of the Power to Arrest Training Manual Test with 100% score in accordance with the Manual's Administering Instructions.

B. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) & Terrorism Awareness - 4 hours

Objective: To familiarize and instruct the individual on the subject matter and observation skills required to identify and report precursor activities to a terrorist event, react appropriately, report the occurrence of a terrorist event, and remain safe while helping control the scene after a terrorist event. The training will utilize the Department of Consumer Affairs' Weapons of Mass Destruction & Terrorism Awareness for Security Professionals course consisting of a Digital Video Disk (DVD), Student Workbook and Facilitator Manual.

Introduction and overview of the training.

The Role of a Security Officer.

The Nature of Terrorism.

Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Coordinating and Sharing of Critical Information.