HomeNewsSIA New Document Checks

SIA New Document Checks

SIA New Document Checks?

The SIA is obliged to follow the identity document requirements of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which are set by the Home Office.

When will these changes come into effect?


These new rules will come into effect on 15 February 2019.

What are the changes?

  • Until now, people renewing their licence or applying for a licence in an additional sector have only been asked to submit identity documents in certain circumstances – for example, if they have changed their address since their previous application. From 15 February our full document requirements will apply to everyone, regardless of whether they are applying for a new licence, renewing their existing licence or applying for a licence in an additional sector.
  • This will mean that people who previously would not have been asked to complete their application at the post office will now be required to do so.
  • Businesses using our Licence Management service will not be able to accept two group A documents as they have in the past. They will need to follow the document requirements outlined below.

What identity documents will we ask for?

We will ask applicants to present one 'Group A' document and two 'Group B' documents in support of their application. At least one of the documents must show their date of birth and any address shown on these documents must match the address they gave us in their application.

The documents must be originals, not copies, so applicants should plan ahead as they may need to contact banks, utility companies, or local authorities in order to get these.

A full list of 'Group A' and 'Group B' documents is available on our website.

SIA Licence: What Documents Do I Need to Provide?

These documents are checked by the applicant's employer (if they use our Licence Management service), the post office or (in some circumstances) directly by SIA staff.

What if I can't get to a post office to present my documents?

Applicants who can't get to a post office can still apply to us for a post office exemption. This is granted in some cases if there is a genuine need; for example, for applicants who live a significant distance from a participating post office.

You can ask for a post office exemption whilst applying for a licence using our online application system. Please be aware that this may lengthen the time taken to process your application.

Security Industry Authority Updates

Security Industry Authority - SIA Update

SIA Update, the Security Industry Authority's newsletter for people with an interest in the private security industry
  • In our April newsletter we promote the Police Scotland ACT counter-terrorism events. We also feature the case of a security director ordered to pay £300,000 from the proceeds of crime, and explain why you shouldn't wear your licence back-to-front.

  • In our March newsletter we remind you of the changes we are making to our Approved Contractor Scheme. We also feature an update on the Home Office review of the SIA and explain why we can suspend your licence.

  • In February's newsletter we share the results of our recent qualifications consultation. We also remind you of the standards of behaviour expected of security operatives and explain why you should follow the instructions in your 'Next Steps' message.

Go to top