SIA Licence Process

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK.

SIA are an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Their mission is to regulate the private security industry effectively, to reduce criminality, raise standards and recognise quality service. This covers the United Kingdom.

To work in the Security Industry it is a regulation that each individual hold an SIA Licence. Before the Security Industry Authority (SIA) provide you with a Licence to work in the security industry, candidates must have a relevant qualification completed with a training provider.

Once training is completed succesfully, each candidate is provided with instructions on how to apply for their SIA Licence. Below are some of the details regarding application and are highlighted to make sure that candidates fully understand the procedure.

From January 2014 the SIA will no longer accept paper based applications. All applicants must register online at http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/apply and must complete an online application.

Please READ CAREFULLY to understand the process of applying for an SIA Licence.

Important Information
  1. Candidates must be 18 years of age and over to qualify for an SIA Licence.
  2. If you have a Criminal Record, you must contact the SIA (Security Industry Authority) BEFORE attending the course to confirm that you will be entitled to an SIA Licence to work in the Security Industry. Failure to check and confirm your criminal record with the SIA may result in you not being granted an SIA Licence and losing your SIA Licence fee as this is NON-REFUNDABLE. (See below for more details.)
  3. Address details must be provided for the last FIVE years to the SIA. If you have been living in the United Kingdom for less than FIVE years, you will need to provide address details for the previous country of residence. A Police Clearance Certificate must be provided for the previous Country of Residence.

    A Police Clearance Certificate can be obtained from that country’s embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the UK. Obtaining your Police Clearance Certificate may take a few weeks. Please apply for this once you have booked your course so it is available to you by the time you are ready to apply for your SIA Licence.

    There is a cost for a Police Clearance Certificate. This cost can vary depending on the Embassy. Please contact that country’s embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the UK for further advice.

    ORIGINAL copy of your Police Clearance Certificate must be provided as proof. Photocopies will not be accepted.

  4. Identification documents must be provided as proof. You do not need a UK passport to apply for an SIA Licence as long as you have a right to work within the United Kingdom, your foreign passport will be acceptable.(Please see below for a full list of proof of identification documents that are accepted.)

    ORIGINAL copies of your identification documents must be provided. Photocopies will not be accepted.

  5. SIA charge a Licence Fee which is NOT included in the price of the course with Linx Security Training. This cost is excluded as this is payable to the SIA directly, not to Linx Security Training.
  6. The Licence Fee is £220.00. (See below for full details.)
  7. Your SIA Licence application will be processed within 25 working days as stated by the SIA on their website.
  8. You do not need to wait for your Certificate to be available to apply for your License. Once you have been notified that you have PASSED your course, the SIA will have your details on their database about your course and qualification.
Filling your SIA Application Form
Information on how to fill out your SIA application will be provided in more detail when attending the course.

Just to highlight some of the information see below:

  1. Information must be filled out CORRECTLY on the SIA application form online. This includes your full name, date of birth and address that MUST match your personal identification.
  2. You will be asked to provide information if you have a Criminal Record, arrested or cautioned previously.
Please note: Incorrect information may lead to your SIA application being rejected and losing your SIA application licence fee.
Criminal Record
If you have lived in the United Kingdom for more than FIVE years, the SIA will automatically do a Criminal Record Check.

If you have spent less than FIVE years in the United Kingdom, you will be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate for the previous country of residence.

If you have a Criminal Record, or previously been arrested or cautioned you MUST contact the SIA (Security Industry Authority) BEFORE attending the course to confirm that you will be entitled to an SIA Licence to work in the Security Industry. Failure to check and confirm your criminal record with the SIA may result in you not being granted an SIA Licence and losing your SIA Licence fee as this is NON-REFUNDABLE.

To check if your application will be successful please contact the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in advance on 0844 892 1025.

DO NOT PROCEED WITH APPLYING FOR YOUR LICENCE BEFORE CONFIRMING WITH THE SIA AS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND IF YOUR APPLICATION IS REJECTED DUE TO YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD.

Linx Security Training does not take responsibility for SIA applications, this is the responsibility of each candidate.

Cost of an SIA License
SIA License cost is £220.00 for ONE License. If you are applying for TWO Licenses, the SECOND License will cost half price (£110.00).

If you have completed TWO security related courses and you wish to apply for both SIA Licences, the total cost for applying for TWO Licenses together will be: £330.00. You can pay by CASH, CREDIT CARD or DEBIT CARD at the Post Office when making payment.

Price can be subject to change. Please confirm the price with the SIA before applying.

Duration of your SIA License
You must apply for your SIA License as soon as possible if you wish to work within the security industry. If you do not apply for your License within THREE years of receiving your qualification you will have to complete the course again in the future to obtain a License.

Your SIA License is valid for THREE YEARS.

After THREE years you will need to renew your License. This means you will need to re-apply to renew your License and pay the Licence Fee every THREE years to continue working within the security industry.

You DO NOT need to complete the course again – unless the SIA request this.

Identification documents
You must provide ORIGINAL copies of your Identification documents.You will be provided with instructions regarding what documents you must take to a Post Office by the SIA once you have completed your online application.

Please provide:

TWO Group A documents
(At least one document must show your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth).

or

ONE Group A document and TWO Group B Documents
(At least one document must show your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth).

Group A documents:

  • Signed valid Passport of any nationality, or UK digital passport number entered on the application form – this is the preferred option as it will help the SIA speed up the processing of your application.
  • Signed valid UK Photo Driving License.
  • UK original Birth Certificate issued within 12 months of birth.
Group B documents:
  • Valid EU photo ID card.
  • UK adoption certificate.
  • Valid UK firearms licence with photo
  • Signed valid UK paper driving licence.
  • Marriage certificate or Civil Partnership certificate, with translation if not in English.
  • UK birth certificate issued more than 12 months after date of birth, but not a photocopy.
  • Non-UK birth certificate, with translation if not in English.
  • P45 statement of income for tax purposes on leaving a job issued in the last 12 months.
  • P60 annual statement of income for tax purposes issued in the last 12 months.
  • Bank or building society statement issued to your current address, less than three months old. You can use more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different bank or building society.
  • Mortgage statement issued in the last 12 months.
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, telephone, water, satellite, cable) issued to your current address within the last three months. Mobile phone contracts are NOT accepted.
    You can only send us one utility bill in support of your application.
  • Pension, endowment or ISA statement issued in last 12 months.
  • British work permit or visa issued in last 12 months.
  • Letter from H.M. Revenue & Customs, Department of Work and Pensions, employment service, or local authority issued within the last three months. You can use more than one letter as long as each is issued by a different Government department or a different local authority.
  • A credit card statement sent to your current address within the last three months. You can use more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different issuer.
  • Council Tax statement issued in the last 12 months.
  • Child benefit book issued in last 12 months.
You will need to provide the above identification when attending the course as well.
Where to apply for your SIA Licence
SIA Licence applications can only be made online, you can apply for your Licence by following the link below. Please download a copy of instructions below for guidance:

http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/apply

If you have any further questions regarding your SIA application please contact the SIA directly by messaging from your Members Area via ‘Contact the SIA’ button.

 

 

Download ‘SIA Application Instruction Leaflet’ guide *here*.

SIA Web Address: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk