Exposed firearm permit- Initial course fee: $175

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10-hour Classroom Training and 4-hour Range Training required to get your initial California Exposed Firearm Permit from B.S.I.S. to find employment as an Armed Security Officer B&P Code 7583.5

Are you learning from a competent Firearms Instructor? Many firearms training schools, particularly security training schools, teach outdated, ineffective, and dangerous shooting and drawing techniques, where the Instructors do not stay current with new and better shooting techniques, training aides, and do not have an extensive background in Firearms Instruction. Not only is this hazardous to the Officer, but it is even more hazardous to the people around a poorly trained Armed Officer. Do not  trust schools that teach the “cup and saucer” method of gripping your firearm, which is still suggested by some local B.S.I.S. approved training schools. Some schools do not care if you pass or fail their shooting tests, you will have to pay them anyway, and they put little emphasis on personal instruction. We provide each student with individual attention to analyze and strengthen their marksmanship skills, all while providing you with a professional and safe learning environment. You will feel confident in your skills and safe when you’re in the field.

BreakDOWN of Fees

Course Fee - $175 Classroom and Range Training
B.S.I.S. Initial application Fee - $100
DOJ/FBI Fingerprint Processing Fee- $87 + LiveScan Fee
PSI Assessment Fee - $60 (see below)

Estimated Total: $442* including Course Fee
(Course Fee is $175, other fees due to B.S.I.S/DOJ/FBI)

*Assessment, Range, Ammo, and Firearm Rental Fees not included
Firearm Rentals are available at the shooting range

LiveScan fees and rolling fees are also paid to the LiveScan site. Expect a
$10-$25 rolling fee at LiveScan sites in addition to total* (differs at every LiveScan site)

Renewal application fee - $118 ($80 Renewal Fee + $38 DOJ Fee)

Requalification course is required twice a year: see schedule.

Effective July 1, 2018, a firearms permit applicant requesting to associate the permit to his/her security guard registration must take and pass an assessment for the purposes of determining if he/she possesses, at the time of the assessment, appropriate judgment, restraint, and self-control to carry a firearm while on duty (Business and Professions Code Sections 7583.23 and 7583.47). NOTE: IF REQUIRED TO TAKE THE ASSESSMENT, BSIS WILL MAIL A LETTER ADVISING YOU TO SCHEDULE AN ASSESSMENT APPOINTMENT WITH INFORMATION ON THE SCHEDULING PROCESS. THE COST OF THE ASSESSMENT IS $60.00 AND IS PAID DIRECTLY TO THE VENDOR ADMINISTERING THE ASSESSMENT.