California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services


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We are a service company that can help you file with the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. We are not associated with this nor any other government agency. We offer paid services and software to help you file. You are not required to purchase our service to file - you may file directly with this agency without using our service.


Contact Information

Mailing address:
Post Office Box 989002
West Sacramento, CA 95798

Phone: (916) 322-4000
Fax: (916) 575-7290

Web: Home Name search Forms
Email: bsis@dca.ca.gov

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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California Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
Fact Checked:11/14/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigator Application for License

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $175 license fee once the application is approved.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application for Private Investigator License

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Licenses expire two years from the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

California Private Investigator License

Agency:California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
Fact Checked:11/14/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigator and Qualified Manager License Application Packet

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $175 license fee + $49 for fingerprinting.

Notes:

Investigators planning to carry a firearm will also need to file a firearm permit.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application for Private Investigator License

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Licenses expire two years from the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

California Private Patrol Operator License

Agency:California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:8/18/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Patrol Operator Application for License

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$550 application fee + $770 license fee.

Fact Checked:8/18/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Private Patrol Operator License Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$900

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

The Bureau recommends the renewal application be submitted no less than 60 days before expiration of your current license.

Fact Checked:8/18/20

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