Licensing Statistics

We provide a monthly update on the number and type of active SIA licences. We provide further detail in our licensing report  (PDF, 860kb).

Figures as of 1 August 2020.

Licensing Performance

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

We aim to reach a decision on a minimum of 85% 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 July 2020, 82% 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: 361,158
  • Total number of active licences: 419,717

Breakdown by Licence Type​

Licence Type Number of Licences
Front line 412,044
Non-front line 7,673

Licences by Sector

Sector Number of Licences
Cash & Valuables in Transit 7,310
Close Protection 14,922
Door Supervisors 272,741
Key Holding 1,042
Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) 52,188
Security Guarding 63,826
Vehicle Immobilisers 15