SIA licences do not renew automatically, so you will need to renew your licence if you wish to continue working in the same role after your current licence expires.
You can apply to renew your licence four months before your current licence expires. You should submit your renewal application as soon as possible: applying early reduces the risk of a delay that might affect your ability to work. You won’t 'lose time' on your licence by renewing early. Your new licence will be valid from the day we grant it and any time left on your current licence will be added to your new one.
You can't renew a licence unless you currently hold an active licence in that sector. If your licence has expired, you will need to apply for a new licence.
A licence renewal costs the same as a new application (£190). No additional training or qualification is required for a licence renewal.
Renewing Through Your Employer
We offer services that can allow your employer to renew a licence on your behalf. These services are called Licence Assist and Licence Management and they are only available to SIA approved contractors.
Check if your employer is an approved contractor
These diagrams explain the licensing process if your employer is using our Licence Management or Licence Assist service. The diagrams show what you and your employer need to do to complete your application.
These diagrams explain the licensing process if you are paying for your application yourself or if a business is paying for your application using our Licence Pay Only service.
You should follow the process below to renew an existing licence.
- If you haven't already done so, create a personal online account on our self-service website.
- Log in to your online account to submit your renewal application*. You will be asked for certain personal information - for example, where you have lived within the last 5 years. When you submit your application you will be told what to do next.
- We will ask you to go to a UK post office** to complete your application. You will need to take certain documents with you (we will tell you which ones when you submit your application). Not all post offices offer this service – please check the post office website for details on which ones do.
- The post office staff will check and return your documents, take a digital photograph of you and take payment of the application fee.
If your employer or another business wishes to pay the application fee on your behalf, they can do this online using our Licence Pay Only service.
- You may need to send your documents to us as well as taking them to the post office. We will tell you if this is the case when you submit your application.
More about Licence Pay Only
* We will accept paper applications in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you believe this applies to you, you should contact us to explain why you are unable to apply online. We will respond to let you know whether we will accept a paper application from you.
** Please contact us if you are unable to complete your application at a UK post office (for example, if you live overseas). We will tell you what to do next.
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What We'll Do
- We check the information you have given us against the information we hold and information held by other government agencies.
- We use all of that information to decide whether you meet our published licensing criteria. If we judge it necessary to refuse your licence application we will write to you to explain why; you will then have 21 days from the date on our decision letter to provide a response.
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