Responsibility for getting a licence
You, the person undertaking licensable activity, are responsible for holding a licence to work legally within the private security industry. You will be breaking the law if you work without a valid licence and your employer will be breaking the law if they use unlicensed staff.
It is not your employer’s responsibility to get you licensed or to renew your licence, but it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that their security staff always have the right licence for the role they ask them to perform.
SIA licences are issued subject to certain conditions, which you must abide by. If you do not we may:
- Issue you with a written warning, which can be taken into account in future licensing or enforcement decisions.
- Revoke or suspend your licence.
- Prosecute you - contravening licence conditions is a criminal offence under Section 9 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, the maximum penalty for which is six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to the statutory maximum.
Read more about the licence conditions
Renew Your Licence
If you already hold an SIA licence you will need to apply for a new one before your current one expires. Don't wait until after it expires: you need a valid licence to work legally and there's no grace period between licences.
More about renewing your licence
Register of Licence Holders
Once a licence has been issued, details about the licence holder are placed on our Register of Licence Holders.
More about our Register of Licence Holders