Close Protection Licence

Close Protection Licence


If you work as a bodyguard or a security official who protects people from the threat of injuries and assault, you need a close protection license.

You also need to have a license if you are in connection with, has a contract with or your services are supplied to a client seeking such close protection services.

The close protection license is issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA)

There are two types of SIA close protection license:

Front-line license suitable for bodyguards

Non front-line license, which is suitable for supervisors, managers and staff who do not carry out duties in the field


In order to have a close protection SIA license, an individual must-

Be at least 18 years of age

Pass an identity check successfully

Pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

For front-line responsibilities you must hold an appropriate SIA close protection qualifications.

Applying for the license

You can apply online by filling out the SIA close protection license application or submit it by post. You must pay a fee and supply the relevant documents supporting your application.

The SIA close protection license application fee is a non-refundable amount of 220.

Once obtained, the license lasts for three years. If you opt to pay the license fee on your own, you are eligible for tax relief. However, employers paying for licenses of employees will not be taxed or have a National Insurance (NI) liability. You get a discount of 50% on the second license application if you apply for more than one license.

In order to continue working in the close protection industry, you need to renew your license before expiry. You can apply for renewal up to four months before the expiration of your current license.

SIA officials will visit your office for an official check. You may also need to give relevant documentation and information to prove that you are following all license obligations.

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