Thinking of a career in security? Here are the basics you need to know when applying for an SIA licence.

What is an SIA licence and why do we need it?

Anyone who wishes to work in the UK security sector as a Door Supervisor, Security Guard, CCTV operator, or Key Holder must obtain a SIA Licence. The legal permission assists in monitoring the private security industry to increase its standards, advance the services provided, and eliminate criminality.

SIA licence identifier tool!

If you are unsure which licence you require, click here to use the SIA licence identifier tool.

What are the SIA Licence Requirements?

An applicant for a security permit must be an individual aged 18 years, possesses a clear check in SIA criminality and recognised security training to prove his or her suitability to obtain a job in the UK.

The most challenging step in Licence application is the criminality checks, where the relevant authority takes into consideration any police cases, court issues, and recent SIA cautions. They often assess the frequency, duration, and intensity of the crime identified to ensure that the applicant is eligible for the licence.

Criminal Record

Having a criminal record does not necessarily mean that you will not get a licence. The SIA make their decision on the following:

  • Whether they consider your offences relevant to their decision;
  • The actual sentence or disposal given to you for the offence; and
  • How recent the offences were.
Criminal record indicator

The SIA criminal record indicator provides a ‘no cost’ way of determining whether you will pass the SIA criminality criteria. Follow the link and answer the set questions to see if you are likely to pass/fail the criteria.


How Much Does a Licence Cost?

The cost of a licence application fee is £220 for a three-year licence. The fee is to cover the cost of processing your application and is not refundable; it must be paid in full before the SIA begin processing your application.


What documents are required for SIA Licence Application?

The SIA will give you instructions on the types of details required for the application, which you must provide the original copies of each.

The first category of the documents include, UK birth certificate, passport, biometric residence licence, driving permit, and authorised passport for any country.

The second category document must be valid duration of 12 months and consists of:

  • Legal UK firearms permit with photo
  • 3 months old valid letter from H.M. Revenue and Custom or local authority
  • Legal EU photo ID card
  • Marriage certificate
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Council Tax statement
  • UK birth certificate validated 1 year following the date of birth
  • Mortgage statement
  • UK adoption credential
  • British work licence
  • Three or less months old back statement
  • Income statement for tax purpose
  • Utility bill
  • Pension or SIA statement
  • Photo
What Training do you need?

If you are applying for a front line licence, you will need to have undergone a structured training programme resulting in a recognised qualification.

Please follow the links below for more detailed and specific information.

SIA Application Process

To gain an understanding of the process of applying for an SIA licence please follow the steps in this diagram.

If you are still unsure about the process or have any more questions you can visit the SIA website and watch guidance videos, providing advice for applicants regarding the application process. Just click here