Licensing Statistics

The statistics on this page are updated every month and may not reflect the current position. Figures as of 30 May 2020.

Licensing Performance

We divide licence applications into two groups: simple and complex.

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

In May 2020, 83% of complex applications were processed within 25 working days.

What makes an application complex?

An application is complex if any of the following apply:

  • You are not a UK or EEA national.
  • You have a criminal record.
  • We need to ask you for further information during your application.
  • Your application meets certain risk criteria.
  • The decision on your application has to be made by a human, not our licensing system.

Overall Totals

  • Total number of licensed individuals: 362,834
  • Total number of active licences: 419,668

Breakdown by Licence Type‚Äč

Licence Type Number of Licences
Front line 412,023
Non-front line 7,645

Licences by Sector

Sector Number of Licences
Cash & Valuables in Transit 7,401
Close Protection 14,854
Door Supervisors 272,778
Key Holding 1,028
Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) 52,165
Security Guarding 63,780
Vehicle Immobilisers 17