Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a Licence

What Documents Do I Need to Provide?

Many of our licensing checks are conducted electronically - for example, if you hold a UK passport we can check the details you give us with Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO). However, we may still need you to send documents to us. You will also need to take certain documents with you to the post office if you are asked to complete your application there.

We will send you instructions on what to do and what documents we may need to see when you submit your application online. Please read these instructions carefully: if we ask you to send documents to us and you don't it will delay your application.

The documents we ask for will fall into two groups: group A and group B.

What we mean by group A and group B

You may be asked to send us a digital scan or photograph of a document. If you are, you should make sure that the quality of the image is high enough that the documents are clear and can be easily read. If they aren't, we will reject them and we will not be able to progress your application until you provide images that are.

Photograph

You will need to provide us with a good-quality, passport-style colour photograph (45mm x 35mm). If you complete your application at a UK post office, the post office staff will take this photograph for you.

We check this photograph against one from your identity documents (your passport, driving licence, etc). If you have had to achieve one of the licence-linked qualifications as part of your application, we will also check your photograph against the one given to us by your training provider. This is so that we can check that:

  • you are who you say you are, and;
  • you are the person who took the training.

If you are applying for a front line licence and your application is successful, we will print your photograph onto your SIA licence.

What the photograph needs to look like

Overseas Criminal Record Checks

If you live overseas or you have spent six continuous months or more outside the UK, you must provide evidence of a criminal record check from the relevant country or countries. The checks need to cover the five years prior to your application.

More about overseas criminal record checks

If you were in military service during this time you may submit an extract from your military record instead.

Information for military/ex-military personnel