Update from the BSIS: Important Information Regarding New Fees and Firearms Assessment

As an association we strive to keep you up-to-date on relevant information for your business. Please review the information below from the BSIS.

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NEW LICENSING FEES – EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018

As a result of legislation (SB 547, Chapter 429) signed into law in 2017, effective July 1, 2018, there will be new fee amounts for most license types regulated by the Alarm Company Act, Collateral Recovery Act, Locksmith Act, Private Security Services Act, and Proprietary Private Security Services Act.
Please note that SB 547 did not affect the fees in the Private Investigator Act.
Submitting Initial Applications for Licensure: The date the application and payment for initial licensure is submitted will determine whether the current or new fee will apply:
  • If the application is submitted by mail and postmarked before July 1, 2018, the current fee will apply.
  • If the application is submitted by mail and postmarked on or after July 1, 2018, the new fee will apply.
  • If the application is submitted by BreEZe or in-person before July 1, 2018, the current fee will apply.
  • If the application is submitted by BreEZe or in-person on or after July 1, 2018, the new fee will apply.
Submitting Renewal Applications: The expiration date for your current license, registration, certificate or permit determines whether your renewal payment is the current fee or the new fee amount. If the expiration date is before July 1, 2018, the current fee will apply. If the expiration date is after July 1, 2018, the new fee will apply even if you pay the renewal fee before July 1, 2018.
To see a breakdown of the application fee amounts per license type, please visit the following link: http://bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/newfees.pdf

NEW FIREARMS ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR SECURITY GUARDS

Please be advised that effective July 1, 2018, a BSIS security guard registrant seeking an initial BSIS firearms permit must complete an assessment for the purposes of determining whether he/she possesses, at the time of the assessment, appropriate judgement, restraint, and self-control to carry a firearm while on duty (Business and Professions Code Sections 7583.23 and 7583.47). Additionally, under certain circumstances a holder of a firearms permit requesting to associate it with his/her security guard registration may be required to complete/pass the assessment as a condition for the association. For additional information about the assessment, including when someone is required to complete it, visit this link on our website: www.bsis.ca.gov/firearmsassessment.

REQUEST TO ASSOCIATE BSIS FIREARMS PERMIT WITH ADDITIONAL QUALIFYING LICENSE(S) AND REQUEST FOR REPLACEMENT FIREARMS PERMIT

A current and clear BSIS Firearms Permit authorizes the permit holder to carry an exposed firearm while performing the duties of only those license types listed on the firearms permit itself. For example, a permit holder who only has a security guard registration listed on his/her firearms permit and who also holds a Private Investigator (PI) license cannot work armed while carrying out the duties of a PI licensee. The firearms permit card must list the PI license for the permitholder to work as an armed PI licensee.
The Bureau created a new form called the Request to Associate BSIS Firearms Permit with Additional Qualifying License(s) and Request for Replacement Firearms Permit which can be used to associate a current and clear qualifying license that the requestor holds to the requestor’s current and clear firearms permit outside the firearms permit renewal process.
While the Bureau does not charge a fee for the association of a BSIS Firearms Permit with additional qualifying licenses, if you wish to obtain a firearms permit replacement card that reflects the additional associated licenses, you must submit the replacement fee along with the form.
Replacement Permit Fees submitted in-person, online in BreEZe, or postmarked:
  • Before July 1, 2018:            $10
  • On or after July 1, 2018:     $25
To download the new Request to Associate BSIS Firearms Permit with Additional Qualifying License(s) and Request for Replacement Firearms Permit form, visit the following link: http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/fq_assoc_form.pdf