How to 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:

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.