Licensing Statistics

The statistics on this page are updated every month and may not reflect the current position. Figures as of 2 January 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 December 2018, 87% of applications were processed within 25 working days.

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Overall Totals

  • Total number of licensed individuals: 336,248
  • Total number of active licences: 386,567

Breakdown by Licence Type​

Licence Type Number of Licences
Front line 378,595
Non-front line 7,972

Licences by Sector

Sector Number of Licences
Cash & Valuables in Transit 7,353
Close Protection 14,148
Door Supervisors 239,134
Key Holding 789
Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) 48,438
Security Guarding 68,715
Vehicle Immobilisers 18