Security Officer Licence Application


  1. Who needs to apply for a security officer licence?
    A “security officer” means any individual who, for reward, carries out any of the following functions:
    1. patrolling or guarding another person’s property (including cash in transit) by a physical means (which may involve the use of patrol dogs) or by electronic means;
    2. keeping the property (including cash in transit) of another person under surveillance, including for the purpose of preventing theft thereof;
    3. acting as a bodyguard or bouncer; or
    4. in respect of any public place or other premises and as part of his regular duties, performing any function of screening individuals seeking entry thereto.
    5. regulating traffic under the Road Traffic Act (Cap 276).

    “bouncer” means a person who, in respect of any place of entertainment or other similar premises, and as part of his regular duties, performs for reward any function of –
    1. screening individuals seeking entry;
    2. controlling or monitoring the behaviour of individuals; or
    3. removing individuals for behavioural reasons.

    “screening” means –
    1. a search of an individual, or of any property in the individual’s possession, by means of an equipment that is designed to carry out the search without touching the individual or the individual’s property, as the case may be;
    2. a frisk search of an individual conducted by quickly running the hands over the individual’s outer clothing, and an examination of anything worn or carried by the individual that is conveniently and voluntarily removed by the individual; or
    3. a physical search of any personal property in the individual’s possession, not being clothing worn by the individual.

  2. I am working as an in-house security officer or part-time security officer, must I apply for a security officer licence?

  3. What are the conditions and conducts that I must adhere to?
    Please refer to the conditions stated above.

  4. Is the Security Officer’s Identification Card regulated?
    The Security Officer’s Identification Card must be carried by the Security Officer at all times during his course of duties. If his license has been revoked, the ID card is to be returned.

  5. What should I do if I change my residential address?
    You only need to report the change of address with any Neighborhood Police Centre, Neighbourhood Police Post or Police Station. Our system will be notified of your latest address from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

  6. Under what situation can my licence be suspended or revoked?
    For example, if you have been charged in the Courts, arrested or under investigation by law enforcement agencies.

  7. If I do not wish to keep my licence, what should I do?
    You may voluntarily terminate your licence online using "Termination of Licence" with your licence number.

  8. How long do I have to wait before I know the outcome of my application?
    For security officers, at least 5 working days upon receipt of your payment.

  9. What is the fee for an application of a security officer licence?
    1. It is $16 for a 5-year validity of security officer licence.
    2. It is another $20 for the making of the security officer identification card after you have obtained your security officer licence and passed the necessary WSQ training courses.

  10. How do I submit my certificates and supporting documents to seek training exemption?

    1. Submitting online application with scanned copy of COS
      Scan a copy of the "Certificate of Service"
      Click on "Updating of Personal Information (SSG)"
      Select "Update Experience Information"
      Ensure COS is uploaded
      Acknowledgement number "PS/20YYMMDD/XXXX" will be issued for successful submission

    2. Emailing a scanned copy of COS
      Scan and upload a copy of the "Certificate of Service" to the email
      Email to
      Subject should be "Requesting for training exemptions for Mr/Ms XXXX"
      Please include your NRIC/FIN number and contact details in your email
Last Updated on 05 October 2016