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CA BSIS Approved Exposed Firearms Permit Class in San Jose, CA

(also known as the armed guard card class)

California BSIS Security and Firearms Training Facility Licenses TFF1330 & TIF2149

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A California BSIS Licensed Firearms Training Facility Offering Firearm Safety and Skills Training to Individuals and Groups
Ranging from First-Time-Shooters to Experienced Marksmen


CA Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Approved Exposed Firearm Permit Course

Who Needs an Exposed Firearm Permit? 

In California, anyone in the security (security guards/guard card licensees), alarm (alarm operators), or private investigation (private investigators) field that carries a firearm on duty must possess an exposed firearm permit issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit). 

What Training is Required? 

The training requirement for persons to obtain the CA BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit involves taking and passing a 14-hour exposed firearms class from a California BSIS approved training facility. Click here to view the process of obtaining the CA BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit.   

How do I Register for the Exposed Firearm Permit Class?

Firearms Course Overview
14-Hour California BSIS Approved Exposed Firearms Permit Course 

Course Structure
  • 8-Hours of Classroom Training 
  • 6-Hours of Firing Range Training
  • To receive the course completion certificate, students must pass:
    • A written exam; AND
    • A firearms range qualification 

We have a limited amount of space in each of our courses and the spaced fill up quick. We do not accept walk-ins.

Reserve Your Space Today!

We Offer On-Site Live Scan Fingerprinting

Complete Everything in One Place! 


  • We are one of the few training facilities that offers on-site Live Scan fingerprinting on the day of your course
  • As an exposed firearms permit applicant, you are required to submit proof of Live Scan fingerprinting as a part of your application with the BSIS  - we offer this additional service at a discounted rate to all of our students - on the day of your course. Get everything done in one place -- ALL AT ONCE! 
  • We will assist you with all of you application paperwork to ensure that you complete all of the necessary steps the right way the first time - don't delay the issuance of your exposed firearms permit by making mistakes in your application - let us assist you!
How do I Obtain a CA BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit?

Exposed Firearm Permit Application Process

In order to apply for an exposed firearm permit, an applicant must adhere to the following criteria and must take the following steps:

  • Take the 14-Hour Class
    • This course covers the safe the carrying and use of firearms 
    • This course consists of:
      • 8-hours of classroom instruction
      • 6-hours of gun range instruction
  • Pass the Written and Range Exam
    • Given at the end of the course
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America OR have permanent legal alien status  
  • Submit a Firearm Permit Application (available here) to the California Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. 
    • Pay the application fee (payable to the State of California)
    • Complete and submit the appropriate Live Scan Fingerprint form with the application (available here)
    • Complete and submit the Firearm Eligibility Form along with the applicable fee (available here)
Contact Cody S & Associates, Inc. today or REGISTER ONLINE to reserve your space in the next 14-Hour CA BSIS Approved Exposed Firearm Permit Training Class 

Please note that we have made all reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information, but policies, procedures and specific fee amounts may have changed. It is your sole responsibility to ensure whether you are eligible to apply for an exposed firearm permit and it is your sole responsibility to ascertain accurate information about how to apply for any specific permit or registration. Please visit the official website for the California Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau of Security and Investigative Services at www.BSIS.CA.GOV for up to date information. 


Firearms Requirements for Security Guards, Alarm Agents, Private Investigators and Private Patrol Operators

Even if you are licensed or registered in the security, alarm, or private investigation fields, you may not carry a gun on duty - whether loaded or unloaded - unless you have been issued an exposed firearm permit by the Department of Consumer Affairs. You must keep the permit with you at all times while on duty.

Note: It is illegal for a licensee or registrant to carry a CONCEALED weapon on duty without a permit issued by local authorities.

Filing an Application

To apply for a firearm permit, you must:

  • Take a 14-hour course (8 hours classroom, 6 hours range) in the carrying and use of firearms given by a Bureau- certified firearms training instructor at a Bureau certified training facility
  • Pass the written and range exams given at the end of the course
  • Be a United States citizen or have permanent legal alien status; and
  • Submit a firearm permit application, pay an $80 application fee and submit a Live Scan form (which is appropriate to your license or registration) signed by the Live Scan site operator. A $38 Firearm Eligibility application, $32 Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint processing fee and $19 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint processing fee must be paid at the Live Scan site. Send your application package to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, P.O. Box 989002, West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002

Classroom Training-During your eight hours of classroom training, you will learn moral and legal aspects of firearms use, firearms nomenclature, weapons handling and shooting fundamentals, and emergency procedures.

Range Training-The six hours of range training will give you practice in safely handling and firing your weapon. You must requalify on the range twice a year before renewing your permit.

Training Schools-Schools and training instructors must be certified by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. For a list of licensed training schools, call (800) 952-5210.

Renewals-Firearm permits expire two years from the date of issuance. An applicant must requalify four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four months apart. The application for renewal should be submitted to the Bureau within 60 days before the expiration date. The current fee for renewing a firearm permit is $98. You may not renew your permit once you have allowed it to expire. You must instead apply for a new permit.

Weapons Incidents-A security guard who discharges a weapon while on duty (except on the range) must: (1) report the incident to his or her employer within 24 hours and (2) file a written report with the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, within 7 days. Failure to do so may result in a fine.

Violations-The following acts are prohibited by law while a licensee/registrant is on duty:

  • Illegally using, carrying, or possessing a dangerous weapon
  • Carrying an inoperable, replica, or simulated firearm
  • Brandishing or misusing a weapon
  • Drawing a weapon without proper cause
  • Provoking a shooting incident without cause
  • Carrying or using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs; and
  • Carrying or using a firearm of a different caliber than that for which a firearm permit has been issued.

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- FREE Firearm Rentals -
- AND -
- FREE Ammunition -
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When Can I take the
BSIS Exposed Firearms class?

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Cost of the Course

Course Instruction Fee.......$125.00

(Includes FREE Firearm Rentals & Ammo)


Optional Course Offerings
Additional Caliber Qualifications

Fee Per Caliber................Only $15.00!
(Previously $25.00 / Reduced Price)

The course instructor fee includes qualifying with one caliber. Any additional calibers that you wish to qualify with are an additional $15 per caliber.

On-Site Live Scan Fingerprinting
During the Firearms Course

On Site CA Department of Justice Firearms Safety Certification

FREE Ammunition Included
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Additional Course Information

  • Please note that students are required to provide their own ammunition. 
  • Students can rent a 9mm, 0.40, or 0.45 caliber handgun at the range (FREE Rentals)
  •  The state application fees are payable to the state when you submit your application and are separate from the course fees