How to get a SIA Licence

It is a legal requirement for you to be Licenced to work in the Private Security Industry. Here you will learn what training you need and how you can apply for your SIA licence and work legally as either one of the following.

Who can apply for a SIA licence?

You can apply for a SIA Licence if:

  • You are over 18 years old
  • You have completd the SIA training qualification
  • You have documents to prove your identity
  • You have the right to work in the uk

1. Pass your courses

Depending upon which SIA Licence you need, it may take around 7 days of training to complete your courses. Each course will be assessed by either multiple-choice exams, practical assessments or a mixture of both.

For Door Supervisor and Security Officer Licences, you will also need to complete a First-Aid qualification or have an in-date First-Aid certificate (12 months before expiry) before attending your SIA Licence-linked training course.

2. Complete the SIA licence application

Once you have completed your training the next step is to register an account with the SIA on their website (if you don’t have one already) and complete the SIA Licence Application.

The cost of the SIA licence application is £190 (If you already have an SIA licence the cost for the second one is reduced by 50%). The SIA will then process your SIA Licence application and get back to you within 25 working days. In rare cases, it can take up to 6 weeks depending on your personal circumstances. You can review their timescale indicator here

3. Complete identity checks

You will need to provide documents that prove you are who you say you are. These will be checked by the Training company as part of your course administration. It will also be checked as part of your SIA Licence application at a Post Office.

4. Submit your SIA Application

The SIA will verify your identity and run a background check on your criminal record. If you have lived abroad for 6 months or more, you may be required to provide some supporting evidence. If you live in Northern Ireland you will receive further instructions on applying for your criminal record checks through AccessNI. If you do have a criminal record you may still be granted a SIA Licence. You can use the SIA’s Criminal Record Indicator as a guide to see whether a SIA Licence will be issued.

5. SIA Licence Granted

Once the SIA has completed their checks, they will send a letter informing you that your licence has been granted. The SIA will then send you your licence shortly afterwards. As soon as you have your letter with your SIA licence number you may be employed within a licensable role. You will need to keep a copy of the letter on you at all times while at work.

SIA Licences

Frequently Asked Questions

It costs £190 to apply for 1 licence.

You may need to apply for more than 1 licence. If so, the SIA will apply a discount of 50% to the additional licences. This means that:

  • your first SIA licence will cost £190
  • each other SIA licence will cost £95

The SIA will apply the discount for additional SIA licences in different sectors. They will not apply the discount if you are renewing a licence for the same sector.

If you already hold an SIA licence and you apply for another one in a different sector, both of the following conditions must be met for the SIA to apply the discount:

  • you paid the full fee of £190 for your existing SIA licence
  • your existing SIA licence must have more than 4 months left to run

The discount does not apply to a vehicle immobiliser licence, which always costs £190.

All licences last for 3 years – except for a vehicle immobiliser licence, which lasts for 1 year.

Anyone who works in a licensable role.

  • Cash and valuables in transit
  • Close protection
  • Door supervision
  • Public space surveillance (CCTV)
  • Security guarding
  • Vehicle immobilisation (Northern Ireland only)

There are no qualification requirements for a non-front line licence.

The SIA can not tell you exactly how long your application will take. You can use the SIA’s Decision Timescale Indicator, which will give you a rough idea of how long it will take.

No, you can not. It is illegal to work in the security industry without an SIA Licence. However, some employers who are approved under the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) can qualify for exemptions under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and issue an SIA Licence Dispensation Notice.

The SIA will check:

  • Your Identity
  • 5 Year Address History
  • Age
  • Qualifications
  • Criminal record
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Mental health
  • Any other information held about you*

*This might be information held by other organisations the SIA works with, such as the police, HM Revenue and Customs, other regulators, local authorities, and private security companies.

You may apply for a non-front line SIA licence without passing the course.

A non-front line licence covers you for:

  • key holding
  • managing, supervising and/or employing individuals who perform licensable activities in their job
  • being a director of a company, or partner of a firm, where any other directors, partners or employees of that company or firm perform licensable activities in their job

You only need one non-front line licence.

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