In January 2014 the SIA will stop issuing paper-based licence applications: this will have an impact on how you can apply or renew an SIA licence.
The private security industry has been telling us for some time they want a faster and more efficient method of applying for new licences. The SIA has listened to the industry and worked with them to introduce the new application service with the Post Office, which was launched in July 2013.
They are committed to providing an easier, cheaper and quicker service to all its applicants. The move away from paper-based applications is a crucial step in achieving that.
For individuals, the only way to apply for a new licence will be to fill in your application online at the SIA website; you will then be told which identity and other documents to take to one of over 750 post offices around the country to complete your application.
The Post Office will complete licence applications by:
• Checking and returning the applicants documents,
• Taking a digital photograph and an electronic signature, and
• Taking payment of the application fee.
Your photograph and signature are sent to us electronically by the Post Office. We will then add them to the application information already received and continue with our checks, just as we do today.
Renewing your licence will only be possible using our telephone renewals service.
For businesses, we will continue to offer the bulk application service so that you can manage the completion and submission of new licence applications on behalf of your employees. However, to continue to use this facility the registered company sponsor will need to apply for an exemption. Our Business Support team will be contacting registered company sponsors to discuss the exemption process.
Our e-Renewals service for companies will continue – this service allows you to renew licences, or apply for additional licences, on behalf of your staff. We will continue to accept new company sponsors for this service.