Applying for an SIA Licence


After successfully passing the relevant SIA Training course you may apply for the SIA Licence, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have satisfied the training requirement - you will not be granted a licence unless you do so

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

It usually takes one to two working days for a correctly completed application to be checked and scanned on to the SIA’s system. Because of the high volume of applications being received this process can take approximately five working days. Complex applications (for example, applications subject to Criminal Records Bureau or qualification enquiries and those requiring overseas criminality checks) may take longer than six weeks to process.

A decision will then be reached on whether to issue a licence. They 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 qualification, accredited by the Security Industry Authority. To practise in the industry without a valid SIA Licence is a criminal offence, which means you could be fined and even put in prison.

SIA takes allegations of training malpractice very seriously indeed and takes prompt 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.

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

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

Click here to view SIA’s checklist for details on what is required. The cost of applying for SIA licence is £220.

Passed your exam and would like to apply for the SIA licence? You can request an application pack from the SIA by contacting them on 0844 892 1025, to request an application pack online click here Request SIA Application

If you have already made your application to the SIA and would like to check the status of your application click here Check Application status

Applicants with a criminal record, find out if you can apply for licence Criminal Record Indicator

Click to view a sample application form

SIA have now launced in e-Fill SIA Licence service, you can use this service to fill the application form online

One out of every ten SIA Licence application is returned due to incorrectly completed SIA Licence application form. If you have completed your sia licence training course with BS Security, our dedicated in house SIA licencing consultant will provide you with one to one advice and guidance to apply for your SIA Licence.

We also help security companies and employment led funding oragnisations by providing them a one stop solution from delivering quality sia training to managing bulk sia licence applications.

If you are an individual looking to get an SIA Licence, an employer looking for quality SIA training or a government funded oragnisation looking get your clients trained and become more employable, Call BS Security on 02089650955, email- and let us guide you in the right direction.

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