SIA License Application process

So you've passed the course - what happens next? This depends on who is paying for your licence...

**If you are paying for your own licence, directly to the SIA**

There are 3 steps to the licence application process:-

  1. Setup your online profile with the SIA at https://services.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sign-up/
  2. Log into your SIA account, click on 'Process new application' and answer the questions and pay
  3. Go to the Post Office with your ID - they will also take your photo for your licence.

**If a business is paying for your licence directly to the SIA**

There are 5 steps to the licence application process and these have to be completed in this order:-

  1. Setup your online profile with the SIA at https://services.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sign-up/
  2. The business that is paying for your licence needs to link into your SIA account. This is done by email.
  3. Log into your SIA account, click on 'Process new application' and answer the questions. The system will say 'do not progress if a business is handling your licence', ignore this error message and carry on.
  4. Go to the Post Office with your ID - they will also take your photo for your licence
  5. Your linked business will pay for your licence directly to the SIA.


Some licencing tips for you:-
  • Look out for an email from the SIA when you first set up your SIA account - you will need to accept this before you can progress. This may be in your Junk box.
  • Have your forms of ID ready for when you process your licence application - you will need them.
  • If you have an error message at the end of the licence application process that says 'no qualification found' - check the information that you have inputted as it doesn't match what we have told the SIA (see the results page on our website - your name has to match exactly).
  • When you have to select a licence to apply for - only select 'Frontline' and either 'CCTV' or 'Door Supervisor'. Do not select all of them.
  • Your first licence is £220, your second live SIA licence is £110.
  • Criminal records - As a rule of thumb the SIA will take note of Cautions in the past 3 years and spent Convictions in the past 5 years. *Every case is different and is assessed on a case by case basis* If in doubt, complete the SIA criminality checker before you do the course:-  https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/criminal-record-indicator.aspx

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