SIA Licence Application Process

The SIA issues the following Security LicencesLDoor Supervisor, Security Guard, CCTV Operator and Close Protection.

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How to get an SIA Licence?

To apply for an SIA  Licence, you must first complete the relevant training course and pass its assessment. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have satisfied all the training requirements before you apply, as you will not be  granted as SIA Licence unless you do so.


Do I need an SIA Licence?

It is a legal requirement to have an SIA Licence before carrying out any of the following roles:

  • Cash and Valuable in Transit
  • Close Protection Operative
  • Door Supervision
  • Public Space Surveillance (CCTV)
  • Security Guard
  • Vehicle Immobilisation


How long does it take to get an SIA Licence?

The SIA states that it takes 25 working days to process a licence application once it has been submitted. The SIA will confirm receiving your application in writing. In rare cases where there may be issues with identity checks or questions about criminal records, it could take up to 6 weeks or even more. During this time, a decision will be reached on whether a licence should be issued or not. The SIA will write explaining their decision and, if successfully granted, you will receive a licence that is valid for 3 years. 


WARNING: It is a legal requirement for anyone working in the United Kingdom Security Industry to have the necessary training and qualifications, accredited by the Security Industry Authority. To practice in the industry without a valid SIA Licence is a criminal offence, which means you could be fined and arrested.

SIA Licence Requirements

Documents required for SIA Licence

When you send the SIA your application form you will also need to enclose supporting documentation. To view details on what is required, see SIA's checklist by clicking here. 



The cost of applying for an SIA Licence is £220. This is non-refundable, so ensure that you have all the necessary documentation and correct licences before applying. To learn more about the SIA licensing criteria click here.

Applying for an SIA licence application

If you are applying for an SIA Licence for the first time, use the SIA website to complete the online SIA application. Once you have completed the online application you will have to visit your local post office to submit identity information and complete your application.

The Post Office will:

  • Check your application.
  • Verify and return your documents.
  • Capture a digital photograph with an electronic signature.
  • Process the payment


Renewing your SIA Licence

If you are renewing your SIA Licence, use the SIA's telephone service. You can start this process 4 months before the licence is due to expire. 

If you are an individual looking to get an SIA Licence or an employer looking for quality SIA training, please call Get Licensed today on 0207 078 7259 and let us assist you.

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