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Dear Customers, 

 

With effect from 1 Aug 2021, the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department will further restrict over-the-counter services at the Police Cantonment Complex, 391 New Bridge Road, to attend to services with pre-approved appointments only, including making payments at counter for services that cannot be done online. This move supports the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s implementation of elevated safe distancing measures. 

 

2        To make an appointment, please use the following link or QR code: www.picktime.com/policelicensing 

3        We will attend to cases of persons who turn up without an appointment on a case by case basis, only if they have valid reasons. For collection of controlled item(s), please pay the license fee for the item(s) (if any) online, and email us at SPF_Licensing_Feedback@spf.gov.sg to arrange for collection.  

 

4        For enquiries, please use our online services on www.police.gov.sg/licence or email us at SPF_Licensing_Feedback@spf.gov.sg.  

           

5        We seek your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.  

 

6        Thank you. 


A Notice of Renewal of the Security Agency licence will be mailed to the company’s Director, approximately two months before the expiry of the existing licence.

The Renewal Notice will provide detailed information on the requirements to submit a renewal application.

 

A Security Agency's licence is required if your company is involved in any of the following:

             a.    Engage in the business of supplying, for reward, the services of Security Officers to other persons;

 

b.    Advertise, or in any way hold out, that the person supplies for reward, or is willing to supply for reward, the services of Security Officers.

 



Licensing Criteria for Security Agency

 

To be eligible for a Security Agency’s licence, the business entity must meet the following criteria:

Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) Registration

1)A registered business entity with ACRA;

Company Directors/Partners

2) There must be at least 2 directors/partners;

3)All directors/partners must be fit and proper persons1;

4)The directors/partners must fulfil the following:

 

First Director/Partner

Second Director/Partner

Other Director/Partner (if any)

a) A Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Singapore;

 

b) Possess a minimum of 2 years' experience in security-related work or business holding a management position;

 

c) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, be certified competent in all of the following WSQ modules:

i.Manage Security Agency within Legal Framework;

ii.Manage Security Operations; and

iii.Manage Security Emergencies.

 

a) A Singapore Citizen, or a Permanent Resident of Singapore, or a foreigner with a valid S-Pass or Employment Pass issued by the Ministry of Manpower;

 

b) Possess a minimum of 2 years' experience in security-related work or business holding a management position; and

 

c) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, be certified competent in WSQ module ‘Manage Security Agency within Legal Framework’;

a) Possess minimum 2 years’ experience in security-related work or business holding management position;

 

b) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, be certified competent in WSQ module ‘Manage Security Agency within Legal Framework’2; and

 

[NEW]Security Agencies Competency Evaluation (SACE)

5) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, all applicants for a licence (whether new licences or licence renewals) taking effect from 1 Jan 2022 are required to pass a competency evaluation conducted by Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

a) Applicants who have obtained a ‘Pass’ result in all the prescribed core competencies, are eligible for a 1 year licence;

b) Applicants who have obtained a ‘Pass’ result in all the prescribed core competencies, and a ‘Pass’ result in a stipulated number of elective competencies (as specified by the Licensing Officer), are eligible for a 2 year licence.

Such evaluation must be completed no later than 3 months before the commencement date of the licence.

For more details on SACE, please click here.

Other Requirements

Your business entity must also fulfil the following criteria:

6) An initial paid-up capital of SGD$300,000;

7) A physical office; and

8) Certified with bizSAFE Level 2 (w.e.f 1 January 2021)3, and bizSAFE Level 3 for annual licence renewal.

1Section 21(8) and 21(9) of the Private Security Industry Act 2007 states:

In deciding whether a person or an officer#of a business entity is a fit and proper person, the licensing officer may consider any of the following matters as indicating that the person or officer may not be a fit and proper person:

(a) that the person or officer associates with a criminal in a way that indicates involvement in an unlawful activity;

(b) that in dealings in which the person or officer has been involved, the person or officer —

(i) has shown dishonesty or lack of integrity; or

(ii) used harassing tactics;

(c) that the person or officer is or was suffering from a mental disorder; or

(d) that the person or officer is an undischarged bankrupt or has entered into a composition with his debtors.

The above mentioned shall not limit the circumstances in which a person or an officer of a business entity may be considered by the licensing officer not to be a fit and proper person.

#“officer”, in relation to a business entity, means —

(a) a director, partner, member of the board of management, chief executive, manager, secretary or other similar officer of a business entity that is a body corporate;

(b) a partner of a business entity that is a partnership; or

(c) a president, secretary, or any member of the committee of management of a business entity that is an unincorporated association (other than a partnership), or any person holding a position analogous to that of president, secretary or member of a committee,

and includes a person who can control or substantially influence the conduct of the affairs of the business entity.

A director/partner who is not a Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Singapore shall submit a Certificate of Non-Criminal Conviction (CNCC) from their country of origin if the director/partner is not a Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Singapore.

2Foreign directors who do not hold a work pass issued by MOM and are not based in Singapore may seek approval from the Licensing Officer for exemption from the requisite WSQ certification requirement.The business entity is required to submit the necessary documents, including a letter of undertaking to affirm that their foreign directors are not issued with Singapore work passes (work visas) and not involved in the daily management of the security agency.

3Existing security agencies must attain a minimum of bizSAFE Level 3 for licence renewal (w.e.f. 1 January 2021)

Updated as of 31 December 2021

 



Licensing Criteria for Security Agency License

Licensing Criteria for Security Agency

 

To be eligible for a Security Agency’s licence, the business entity must meet the following criteria:

 

Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) Registration

1)A registered business entity with ACRA;

 

Company Directors/Partners

2) There must be at least 2 directors/partners;

3)All directors/partners must be fit and proper persons1;

4)The directors/partners must fulfil the following:

 

First Director/Partner

Second Director/Partner

Other Director/Partner (if any)

a) A Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Singapore;

 

b) Possess a minimum of 2 years' experience in security-related work or business holding a management position;

 

c) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, be certified competent in all of the following WSQ modules:

i.Manage Security Agency within Legal Framework;

ii.Manage Security Operations; and

iii.Manage Security Emergencies.

 

a) A Singapore Citizen, or a Permanent Resident of Singapore, or a foreigner with a valid S-Pass or Employment Pass issued by the Ministry of Manpower;

 

b) Possess a minimum of 2 years' experience in security-related work or business holding a management position; and

 

c) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, be certified competent in WSQ module ‘Manage Security Agency within Legal Framework’;

a) Possess minimum 2 years’ experience in security-related work or business holding management position;

 

b) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, be certified competent in WSQ module ‘Manage Security Agency within Legal Framework’2; and

 

[NEW]Security Agencies Competency Evaluation (SACE)

5) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, all applicants for a licence (whether new licences or licence renewals) taking effect from 1 Jan 2022 are required to pass a competency evaluation conducted by Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

a) Applicants who have obtained a ‘Pass’ result in all the prescribed core competencies, are eligible for a 1 year licence;

b) Applicants who have obtained a ‘Pass’ result in all the prescribed core competencies,anda ‘Pass’ result in a stipulated number of elective competencies (as specified by the Licensing Officer), are eligible for a 2 year licence.

Such evaluation must be completed no later than 3 months before the commencement date of the licence.

 

For more details on the SACE Checklists, please click here.

 

Other Requirements

Your business entity must also fulfil the following criteria:

6) An initial paid-up capital of SDG$300,000;

7) A physical office; and

8) Certified with bizSAFE Level 2 (w.e.f 1 January 2021)3, and bizSAFE Level 3 for annual licence renewal.

 

 

1Section 21(8) and 21(9) of the Private Security Industry Act 2007, states:

In deciding whether a person or an officer#of a business entity is a fit and proper person, the licensing officer may consider any of the following matters as indicating that the person or officer may not be a fit and proper person:

(a) that the person or officer associates with a criminal in a way that indicates involvement in an unlawful activity;

(b) that in dealings in which the person or officer has been involved, the person or officer —

(i) has shown dishonesty or lack of integrity; or

(ii) used harassing tactics;

(c) that the person or officer is or was suffering from a mental disorder; or

(d) that the person or officer is an undischarged bankrupt or has entered into a composition with his debtors.

 

The above mentioned shall not limit the circumstances in which a person or an officer of a business entity may be considered by the licensing officer not to be a fit and proper person.

 

 

#“officer”, in relation to a business entity, means —

(a) a director, partner, member of the board of management, chief executive, manager, secretary or other similar officer of a business entity that is a body corporate;

(b) a partner of a business entity that is a partnership; or

(c) a president, secretary, or any member of the committee of management of a business entity that is an unincorporated association (other than a partnership), or any person holding a position analogous to that of president, secretary or member of a committee,

and includes a person who can control or substantially influence the conduct of the affairs of the business entity.

 

A director/partner who is not a Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Singapore shall submit a Certificate of Non-Criminal Conviction (CNCC) from their country of origin if the director/partner is not a Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Singapore.

 

 

2Foreign directors who do not hold a work pass issued by MOMandare not based in Singapore may seek approval from the Licensing Officer for exemption from the requisite WSQ certification requirement.The business entity is requiredto submit the necessary documents, including a letter of undertaking to affirm that their foreign directors are not issued with Singapore work passes (work visas) and not involved in the daily management of the security agency.

 

3Existing security agencies must attain a minimum of bizSAFE Level 3 for licence renewal (w.e.f. 1 January 2021)

 

 

 

Updated as of 31 December 2021

 




Documents Required

You are required to obtain the following documents before applying for a Security Agency licence.

 

  1. Minimum 2 years' experience in security-related work or business holding management position
  2. WSQ Statement of Attainment for modules stated in ‘Eligibility’ section
  3. Paid-up capital of at least $300,000
  4. Highest education certificate (at least 3 GCE 'O" level passes or ITE NTC 2 or its equivalent)
  5. Proposed company name which does not infringe copyright or trademark
  6. Business plan outlining the:
  1. Financial outlay
  2. Research on market opportunities
  3. Organization chart
  4. Resumes of personnel actively involved in the day to day operations and administration
  5. Proposed uniform and insignia designs for security officers
  6. Audit and internal procedures to ensure approved and trained security officers are deployed
  7. Mechanism to facilitate continuous improvement and training of officers.

 

You must submit all supporting documents, together with the acknowledgement slip generated either via post or in person to:  

OC Licensing 
Security Industry Division
Police Licensing & Regulatory Department
391 New Bridge Road #02-701
Police Cantonment Complex
Singapore 088762


Alternatively, you can email to SPF_Licensing_Feedback@spf.gov.sg


Fees

A non-refundable fee of $400 is required.


Validity

One year.


Processing Time

About 4 to 6 weeks from the receipt of the application and the necessary supporting documents. Any incomplete or incorrect submission will be rejected.

You may also be required to attend an interview with the Licensing Officer.

You will be notified of the outcome via post. Alternatively, you can login to GoBusiness Licensing to view your application status.


Steps Guide

You can download the step-by-step guide to assist you in your application at GoBusiness Licensing.


Apply

You will be directed to GoBusiness Licensing webpage which will require you to sign in using your CorpPass.

The process may take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

Apply


Documents Required

A letter of notice to renew the Security Agency licence will be mailed to the company’s Director, approximately two months before the expiry of the existing licence.

You have 14 days to submit the following documents if you wish to renew your existing licence:

a.     Completed application form for licence renewal;
b.     Completed form on:
                    i.    Deployment sites for Executive Protection/Bodyguard/Bouncer;
                    ii.   Updated contact details of SA; and
                    iii.   Particulars of administrative and management staff in agency

 

You must submit all documents, within 14 days from the date of the renewal notification, via post to:

         
    OC Licensing
    Security Industry Division
    Police Licensing & Regulatory Department
    391 New Bridge Road #02-701
    Police Cantonment Complex
    Singapore 088762

 


 

Fees

A non-refundable fee of $400 is required.


Processing Time

About 4 to 6 weeks from the receipt of the application and the necessary supporting documents. Any incomplete or incorrect submission will be rejected.

You will be notified of the outcome via post.


Introduction

You are permitted to terminate your existing Security Agency licence any time before its expiration.

Please be informed that there will be no refund of licence fees upon cancelling the existing Security Agency licence.


Documents Required

No document is required.


Fees

No fee is required.


Processing Time

Immediate upon receipt of your Cancellation Request.


Steps Guide

You can download the step-by-step guide to assist you in your cancellation.


Cancel

You will be directed to GoBusiness Licensing webpage which will require you to sign in using your CorpPass.

The process may take around 10 minutes to complete.

Cancel


Introduction

You can withdraw your application for a Security Agency Licence any time before licence approval. 

If licence has been approved and issued, you will have to submit a request to cancel the licence.


Documents Required

No document is required.


Fees

No fee is required.


Processing Time

Immediate upon the receipt of your Withdrawal Request.


Steps Guide

You can download the step-by-step guide to assist you in your withdrawal.


Withdraw

You will be directed to GoBusiness Licensing webpage which will require you to sign in using your CorpPass.

The process may take around 10 minutes to complete.

Withdraw


Introduction

You can amend the following information of your existing Security Agency licence:

  1. Name of Company/Business/LLP/Organisation
  2. Business operating address or details of branch office
  3. Name of licensee (for transfer of licence to new partners in partnership)
  4. Details of Director/Partner/LP General Partner or Limited Partner/LLP Manager or Partner/ Officer Bearer
  5. Contact details
  6. Employment or termination of licensed Security Officer
  7. Security Officer's employment grade
  8. Deployment site

Documents Required

You are required to obtain the following documents before amending your existing Security Agency licence.

 

For amendment of:

Documents required:

Fees

Name of Company/Business/LLP/Organisation

  • Email/letter of approval from Licensing Officer            

$20 to change business name or operating address

 

 

Business operating address or details of branch office

No documents required

 

Name of licensee (for transfer of licence to new partners in partnership)

  • Email/letter of approval from Licensing Officer; and

 

  • Documents showing proof of transfer

$40 to transfer licence to new partners in partnership

 

Details of Director/Partner/LP General Partner or Limited Partner/LLP Manager or Partner/ Officer Bearer

No documents required 

 

No fees required

Contact details

 

No documents required

 

No fees required

Employment or termination of Security Officer

 

Security Officer's employment grade

 

Deployment site

 



Processing Time

About 14 working days (except for change of business address1) from the receipt of the submission and the necessary documents, if required. Any incomplete or incorrect submission will be rejected.

You will be notified of the outcome via post. Alternatively, you can login to GoBusiness Licensing to view your application status.

 

1 Change of business address will be updated within 7 working days.


Amend

You will be directed to GoBusiness Licensing webpage which will require you to sign in using your CorpPass.

The process may take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

Amend


Active Staff List

To download a copy of your Security Agency’s active staff list, login to GoBusiness using your company’s CorpPass and follow the following steps: 

  1. Select “Licensed Entities”
  2. Select “Singapore Police Force” > Enquiry on Existing SPF Licences
  3. At “Licence Type” drop down box, select “Security Agency Licence”
  4. Select “Active Staff List” from the “Enquiry Type” drop down box
  5. Enter the Licence No. and click the search button

Enquiry on Security Officers Staff Grade and Training Status

To check on the Security Officers’ employment grade and training status, login to GoBusiness using your company’s CorpPass and follow the following steps: 

  1. Select “Licensed Entities”
  2. Select “Singapore Police Force” > Enquiry on Existing SPF Licences
  3. At “Licence Type” drop down box, select “Security Agency Licence”
  4. Select “Individual Licence” from the “Enquiry Type” drop down box
  5. Enter the licensed Security Officer’s NRIC/FIN and click the search button
  6. System will display the officer’s particulars
  7. Click “View training records”

Security Officers Training Requirements

As an employer of your Security Officers, a licensed Security Agency ought to be familiar with the training requirements and job functions for each staff grade under the Security Progressive Wage Model.

Security Officers must have attained the relevant training certifications before they can perform certain job functions.

Information on Security Officer’s training requirements can be found here.


RTT Training Requirement

“Recognise Terrorist Threats” (RTT) for Security Officers from 1 January 2020

Please refer to the following link for the Information Sheet on Assessment-Only-Pathway for the WSQ Recognize Terrorist Threats:

Please refer to the following link for the Press Release on the above:

 Please refer to the following link for the FAQ on RTT:

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