SIA Licence Application Process

After successfully passing the relevant SIA training course with one of our training providers, you can apply for an SIA Licence.


After successfully passing the relevant SIA training course with one of our training providers, you can apply for an SIA Licence. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have satisfied the training requirements - you will not be granted a Licence unless you do so.

The following SIA training activities are licensable:

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

It normally takes around six weeks for each application to be processed; this time starts from when a successfully completed SIA Licence application form is received (when the SIA receives a correctly-completed application, they will write to the candidate to confirm this).

It usually takes one to two working days for a correctly completed application to be checked and scanned into the SIA's system. Due to the high volume of applications received, this process can take approximately five working days. Complex applications, for example, applications subject to the Criminal Records Bureau, qualification enquiries and those who require overseas criminality checks, may take longer than six weeks to process.

A decision will then be reached on whether to issue a Licence. The SIA will write explaining their decision and, if successfully granted, a Licence will be issued to cover you for a period of three 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.

The SIA takes allegations of training malpractice very seriously and will promptly take action to suspend Licences after receiving information from any awarding body. Training is an essential part of the licensing process; ensuring that all those working in the Security Industry are properly equipped to carry out their role. Any person found to have been complicit in malpractice will have their Licence revoked. If you suspect any malpractice with your training provider, please report it to us immediately.


SIA Licence withdrawal or suspension.

The SIA can withdraw or suspend your Licence at any time if you fail to meet the licensing requirements.

Documents required for SIA Licence:

When you send the SIA your application form you will also need to send supporting documentation.

click here to view SIA's checklist for details on what is required.

The cost of applying for an SIA Licence is £220.

To learn more about SIA licensing criteria: click here.

Applying for an SIA licence application.

From the 24th March 2014, the SIA will no logner accept paper based SIA Applications.

New SIA Licence Applications:

If you are applying for an SIA Licence for the first time, please use the form on SIA website. When the form is submitted, you can take your identity documents to one of 750 Post Offices in the UK to 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.
The post office will forward the verified application to the SIA to complete.

Renewing your SIA Licence

If you are renewing your SIA Licence please use the SIA's telephone service.

Apply for SIA License

Fill your SIA Licence application online

The SIA have now launched in E-Fill SIA Licence service. You can use this service to fill your application form online

How can we help you obtain an SIA Licence?

Please note that one out of every ten SIA Licence applications are returned because it is incorrectly completed. If you have completed your SIA Licence training course with a Get Licensed listed training provider, a dedicated in-house SIA licensing consultant will provide you with advice and guidance on how to apply for your SIA Licence.

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.

“I managed to find an SIA training center that was really convenient for me to get to and within a couple of weeks I was being trained. Get Licensed were brilliant, they even helped me make sure I filled out the application form for my SIA Licence correctly.” - M Williams Birmingham.


SIA Security Jobs after you ‘Get Licensed’?

You can work as soon as you receive an acknowledgement letter from the SIA, which can take 2 weeks following your SIA Licence application. It is important to note that not all security companies will accept SIA reply letters acknowledging your SIA Licence application.

After getting licensed, it is simple to look for a well-paid job in the Security Industry that is right for you and your qualification.

To see the roles and benefits of working in the Security Industry:

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