Licensing Statistics

The statistics on this page are updated every month and may not reflect the current position. Figures as of 2 September 2019.

Licensing Performance

We aim to reach a decision on a minimum of 80% of applications within 25 working days. This includes renewal applications. The 25 working days starts from the point at which the application in question moves to 'Checks in Progress'.

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In August 2019, 89% of applications were processed within 25 working days.

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Overall Totals

  • Total number of licensed individuals: 353,774
  • Total number of active licences: 406,410

Breakdown by Licence Type​

Licence Type Number of Licences
Front line 398,196
Non-front line 8,214

Licences by Sector

Sector Number of Licences
Cash & Valuables in Transit 7,476
Close Protection 14,480
Door Supervisors 259,867
Key Holding 944
Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) 50,424
Security Guarding 64,986
Vehicle Immobilisers 19