Before You Apply

Before you apply for a licence you should check that you will meet our licensing criteria. Doing so may save you time and money: you will not be granted a licence unless you meet the criteria outlined below and the licence fee is non-refundable.


You will need to provide documents that prove you are who you say you are.

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You must be over 18 to hold an SIA licence.


Individuals applying for a front line SIA licence must hold the relevant licence-linked qualification.

If you are applying for a non-front line licence, then you will not need licence-linked training.

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If you have a criminal record, it does not necessarily mean that you will not get a licence. We will make our decision according to:

  • Whether we consider your offences relevant to our decision;
  • The actual sentence or disposal given to you for the offence; and
  • How recent the offences were.

Our criminal record indicator provides a 'no cost' way of determining whether or not you will pass our criminality criteria.

Try our criminal record indicator

Right to Work

You will not be granted a front line licence unless you have the right to work in the UK. Note: UK citizens and EEA nationals have an automatic right to work in the UK).

If you are applying for a non-front line licence, we will consider whether you have a right to work in the UK. We may grant a non-front line licence to you if you do not have the right to work in the UK, but are a Director of a UK registered company or one of its parent companies.

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.

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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 gets this information from our own sources (e.g. SIA Warnings, County Court judgements, CCTV or other video footage, ancillary orders).

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