You can create an online account via the SIA website sia.homeoffice.gov.uk and fill in the form before submitting your application online. You will be asked for some basic information, for example, where you’ve been living for the last 5 years. After completing the form you will need to visit your local post office and provide some ID.
They will then take a digital photograph of yourself and then collect the application fee on behalf of the SIA. If you have any problems at all, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
The Security Industry Authority
The Security Industry Authority other wise known as the SIA is a statutory organisation. This means that it has power awarded to it by statute law or an act of parliament. Statute law is usually passed by the house of commons in Westminster, in this case the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
So I guess it’s fair to call the SIA a quango: a semi-public administrative body outside the civil service but receiving financial support from the government.
The SIA are responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK. They were initially established as a non-departmental public body back in 2003, and their required to report to the Home Secretary by law this is written into the Private Security Industry Act.
The Security Industry Authority has two main, licensing of individuals who undertake designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the Approved Contractor Scheme.
Do I need a CCTV license?
The CCTV Licensing Flowchart
If you work directly for an employer you may not need a CCTV license. Although we highly recommend you do the training regardless; as it helps you to adhere to best practice.
Find out if you need a CCTV license, the SIA have produced a flowchart that will help you answer this question.
Private Security Industry Act
Due to recent changes in the Private Security Industry Act; private investigators, security consultants and precognition agents in Scotland are now considered designated activities. However, the SIA does not currently license these roles.
In October of 2012 it became an offence to clamp or immobilise vehicles in England and Wales, an exception has been granted for vehicle immobilisers in Northern Ireland.