Security Industry Licensing

Under British Columbia’s Security Services Act, businesses and individuals offering security services must hold a valid security licence issued by the Registrar of Security Services. Approved applicants are issued a licence that specifies the types of security services they may provide as well as special authorizations they have such as the use of dogs and restraints while performing security duties.

As of April 12, 2016 the current security industry licences and permits will be upgraded with new security enhanced licences and permits that meet the current government quality standards. All current licences and permits in the previous style will continue to be valid until their expiration date. The example below shows a comparison of the licences issued prior to April 12, 2016 and the new security worker licences.

Previous Security Worker Licence:

Front of Card

ID card example  

Back of Card

   ID card example

New Security Worker Licence:

Front of Card

ID Card    

Back of Card

  ID Card

 

 

Latest Updates

Security Programs is processing a large number of applications. To avoid delays, please submit your completed application at least 3 weeks before your current licence expires. Current processing times for paper applications are 3 weeks. Online applications are processed within 13 business days.

Online Applications

Verify a Licence

Useful Contacts

Security Programs personnel are available during regular business hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Telephone: Toll free - 1 855 587-0185 (press option 1)
Fax: 250 387-4454
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