guidelines when applying for a new license underline that there are certain documents that you need to have / supply them with, when you are applying for a new license or renewing your current license.
Documents that you will need to provide
- 2 proof of identity documents from the SIA’s Group A. This should include one document which shows your current address, and another which shows your date of birth.
- One identity document from the SIA’s Group A, and a further two documents from the SIA’s Group B. One of these documents should present your current address and one of the documents should detail your date of birth.
You must provide original versions of your proof of identity documents, not photocopies. If the proof of identity documents that you supply are not in English, you will need to provide a version of that document that has been translated into English from an approved translator. There is an exception to this rule which the SIA specifies:- “There is one exception to this rule: we will accept a notarised copy of a passport from a suitably accredited notary in the country in which you reside. This is because in some cases it is impractical or illegal for passports to be posted outside of their country of issue. The notarised copy must be accompanied by a signed and dated letter from the notary.”
- A photograph of yourself. The photograph that you provide needs to meet the following criteria:
- Good quality
- In full colour
- Passport size (45mm x 35mm)
- A photo can be obtained from your local post office, and the staff there will assist you.
For further information on your photographs criteria, follow this link: https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/licensing-photograph-checklist.aspx
Overseas Criminal Record Checks and Military Backgrounds
This will apply to you if you live overseas, or if you have spent six continuous months or more outside of the UK. You must provide documentation of a criminal record check from the relevant country or countries that you have been living in previously. This also applies if you have been enlisted into military service, you must submit an extract from your military record. For further information on Overseas Criminal Record Checks, click here, or for Military Background information click here.
Applying for a Security License
If you need to apply for a security license, you must adhere to the SIA’s ‘Get Licensed’ booklet. If you adhere to this, it will mean that you will match the criteria for a Security License. Before starting your application to the SIA, you must make sure that you read the following document: DBS Consent Statement. This is your consent for the Disclosure and Barring Service to share any data they have for you, with the Security Industry Authority.
Filling out your application online
To fill in an application with SIA, click here. Make sure that you have all your relevant documentation (as seen above) and that you have read and agree to the DBS Consent Statement. Additionally, you can ask your employer to take care of the application process on your behalf. However, you need to speak to your employer about this first. If you are looking to apply for Security License, but also require Security Insurance, click here to see how BJP Insurance can help you. *Source – https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/licensing-applying.aspx – https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/licensing-id-checklist.aspx