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Declaring Recent Criminality

The 'Criminality Information' page of our licence application form asks the question "Have you had a conviction, caution or warning within the last 12 months?". You can see this in the screenshot here- this link opens in a new window. We ask this question because recent offences may not always appear in the information we receive from the criminality disclosure bodies.

If you have a conviction, caution or warning within the last 12 months then you must tell us about it. If you don't and we subsequently find out about it, we may suspend and/or revoke any licences you have been granted. We may also prosecute you: when you submit an application for an SIA licence you make a formal, legal declaration that the information you have provided is, to the best of your knowledge, "true and complete in every respect". Section 22 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 makes it a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement to the SIA.

Please make sure that the information you provide is accurate and includes all of the details we ask for. If you submit information that is wrong or incomplete then your application could be delayed and it may even be cancelled.

Read more about our licensing and criminality checks