Licensing Statistics

The statistics on this page are updated every month and may not reflect the current position. Figures as of 30 June 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 June 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: 362,300
  • Total number of active licences: 420,316

Breakdown by Licence Type​

Licence Type Number of Licences
Front line 412,702
Non-front line 7,614

Licences by Sector

Sector Number of Licences
Cash & Valuables in Transit 7,377
Close Protection 14,877
Door Supervisors 273,456
Key Holding 1,040
Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) 52,279
Security Guarding 63,657
Vehicle Immobilisers 16