Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a Licence

Other Checks

There are a number of checks we must make when processing your licence application. We will check: your identity; your age (you must be over 18 to hold an SIA licence); whether you have completed the required level of training; whether you have a criminal record and (if you have) what is on it.

We may also look at other types of information.

Mental Health

We will take into account any recent mental health problems where you have had to be compulsorily detained or been subject to other compulsory measures in the five years prior to your application.

If you have any recent mental health problems you will be required to provide a current medical report outlining the condition and any ongoing treatments. The report must be from the treating psychiatrist, psychologist or a general practitioner who is in regular contact with you and monitoring your condition. A report from a nursing professional will not be sufficient.

In assessing what impact such a report will have on your application we will consider:

  • Any recommendations that are provided by the medical report. For example if you have to be reviewed by the professional, the frequency of the review may provide guidance as to the intervals when a further report would be required by us.
  • In line with such guidance, a condition may be placed on your licence that a report will be requested from the mental health professional overseeing your treatment at certain intervals.
  • If the medical report shows that you are required to take medication to maintain stable mental health, we may also require regular reports from a mental health professional. The frequency of providing these reports to us will be at least every 12 months.
  • If you are not required to take medication nor require regular reviews, you will still need to provide an updated medical report upon licence renewal.

The cost of providing the report will be borne by you.

The Right to Work

We may seek information to confirm that you have the right to remain and to work in the UK. This does not replace the statutory responsibility of employers to ensure their employees have the right to work in this country or their responsibility to ensure employees with restricted hours visas do not work more hours than allowed. Employers should also ensure that they know if an employee's right to work expires before their SIA licence expires. Employers should not accept the possession of an SIA licence as proof of the licence holder's right to work in the UK.

More about our right to work checks

Use of Other Information

We will not normally look for information about you that may be held by organisations we work with (e.g. the police and local authorities). However, if such information is offered to us, then we will consider this information even if you would otherwise have been granted a licence under the rest of the criteria. We will also consider such information if we get this information from our own sources (e.g. SIA Warnings, County Court judgements, CCTV or other video footage, ancillary orders).

"Information" will normally mean evidence which shows, on the balance of probabilities:

  • relevant criminal activity (as defined in the section on Offences);
  • anti-social behaviour;
  • criminal association;
  • activity that is likely to bring the industry into disrepute; or
  • indicates that you are not a fit and proper person to hold a licence.

We may also carry out some further investigation once information has been received. This investigation would be to confirm or refute the information received. If we do this, you will be able to comment on the information before any decision is made to refuse or revoke a licence. Such comments can be explanations of what happened or be evidence of mitigation.

We reserve the right to take into account, on a case-by-case basis, any relevant information. This includes information from any time period and which we received from any source.

Further Information

If you do not give us the information we need, we may ask you to provide us with more detail. We may check the authenticity of the information you supply to us with the relevant government body or with the help of the police. Whether you have a clean record or have committed any offences, we must be satisfied that the evidence you produce is authentic, up-to-date, complete (so it covers every area where you have lived and lists any offences on your record) and comes from a competent official source which we can confirm.