Controlling Members of a Security Business
Businesses providing security services in British Columbia must hold a current security business licence.
Fingerprints are only required for your first application. Once your fingerprint results are on file with the Registrar, it is unlikely that you will be required to repeat the process. However, in certain circumstances the Registrar may request that you do them again.
Controlling members who are also licensed security workers must provide their licence number to the Registrar of Security Services when the business applies for a licence.
Controlling members who are not licensed security workers must provide the Registrar with the following information:
If you are a controlling member of a security business and a Canadian citizen, you must provide the Registrar with a copy of the front and back of your:
- Birth certificate
- Current Canadian passport
- Canadian citizenship certificate
- Canadian Permanent Resident Card, or
- Secure Certificate of Indian Status
If you are a controlling member of a security business and you are ordinarily resident in Canada you must provide the Registrar with a copy of the front and back of your:
- Driver’s Licence
- Canadian Permanent Resident Card
- Secure Certificate of Indian Status
- Canadian Firearms Licence (must be current), or
- BC Services Card (with photo)
If you are controlling member of a security business but you do not reside in Canada, you must provide two pieces of government issued identification and one of them must be photo identification.
If you are a controlling member of a security business and you reside in Canada, you must provide the Registrar with your fingerprints. Complete the Request for Fingerprinting Under the Security Services Act (PDF) form and take it to an approved fingerprinting agency. The second page will be completed by the agency which will return the completed slip at the bottom of the second page to you. Attach the slip to your application.
Fingerprints are only required for your first application. Once your fingerprints results are on file with the Registrar, you will not be required to repeat the process.
Visit the RCMP website for a list of approved digital fingerprinting agencies. Contact your local RCMP detachment or municipal police force for a list of traditional “ink and roll” fingerprinting agencies.
If you are a controlling member of a security business but you do not reside in Canada, you are not required to provide the Registrar with your fingerprints.
Criminal, Police and Correctional Record Checks
To be licensed in British Columbia, controlling members of a security business must consent to criminal, police information and correctional service record checks. These checks help the Registrar determine whether or not to approve your security business application.
The checks may reveal charges, convictions, peace bonds, recognizance orders, stay of proceedings, conditional and absolute discharges of any offence.
Under the Security Services Act, you have 14 days to notify the Registrar of any new charges or convictions filed against you.
Use the form Authorization and Acknowledgement of Information Collection and Use and Consent to a Criminal Record Check (PDF) to consent to these checks.
Mental Health Condition Report
If you are a controlling member of a security business applying for a licence in British Columbia, and you are being treated for or you have ever been treated for a mental health condition, you must let the Registrar know by having your doctor complete the Mental Health Condition Form (PDF).
Police and Peace Officer Status
You may not be a controlling member of a security business in British Columbia if you are a member of a police force as defined in the Police Act.
However, you may be considered for a security business licence if you are a:
- Volunteer auxiliary or reserve constable
- Corrections officer
- Court-appointed bailiff, or
- Special provincial constable or special municipal constable (as defined in the Police Act)
You must provide a letter from your superior that explicitly lists what police information systems you have access to (justice, court or police information systems) with your application. The letter must also state that you understand you may not use information from these systems while acting as a controlling member of a security business.
Responsibilities of a Controlling Member
Under the Security Services Act, controlling members must keep their records with the Registrar current. For example, you must inform the Registrar when you change your:
- Legal name, or
- Status as a peace officer
You must also report a new criminal charge or conviction and your treatment for a mental health condition. Report changes by submitting the form Controlling Member of a Security Business Reporting an Update (PDF) to the Registrar.
Controlling members must also abide by the Code of Conduct.