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If you're employed in the security industry in NSW, you must hold a Class 1 or Class 2 security licence. You can hold more than one class and type of security activity on a single licence.

Class 1 security activities include:

  • 1A Unarmed Guard
  • 1B Bodyguard
  • 1C Crowd Controller
  • 1D Guard Dog Handler
  • 1E Monitoring Centre Operator, and/or
  • 1F Armed Guard.

Class 2 security activities include:

  • 2A Security Consultant
  • 2B Security Seller
  • 2C Security Equipment Specialist, and/or
  • 2D Security Trainer.


You must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a fit and proper person to hold the class of licence sought
  • be employed by a master licensee, or hold a master licence of your own
  • have enrolled into, or successfully completed the relevant units of competency for the class(es) of licence sought
  • be competent to carry out the security activity to which the proposed licence relates
  • have Australian work rights
  • hold a Transport for NSW:
    • driver licence, or
    • customer number.

Note: Refer to Am I eligible for a NSW security licence? – PDF for the complete eligibility and application requirements.

What you need

Personal information

You'll need to provide:

  • your personal details
  • a current credit card and sufficient funds for your payment (Schedule of Fees – PDF)
  • if you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, an original certified copy of one of the following documents:
    • current Australian passport, or one that has expired within the last 2 years
    • full Australian Birth Certificate (not an extract)
    • Certificate of Australian Citizenship.
  • if you're a temporary resident, an original certified copy of one of the following documents:
    • ImmiCard
    • current overseas passport (a visa grant notice is not acceptable).
  • if you've spent more than 12 months in a country other than Australia within the last 10 years, you'll need a police certificate from each country you've lived in since the age of 16, and each certificate must:
    • have been issued within 12 months of your application
    • be translated into English (if applicable)
    • be verified by the country's embassy or consulate in Australia.
  • if you've changed your name, a certified copy of one or more of the following:
    • marriage certificate(s) issued by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages or, if married elsewhere, the marriage certificate issued by the celebrant or church
    • Change of Name certificate issued by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
    • full birth certificate showing your name at birth and your new name (extracts and Commemorative certificates are not acceptable)
    • divorce decree
    • deed poll registered with the relevant authority
    • instrument evidencing that the change of name has been registered in the Land Titles Office.

Training and competency requirements

Applicants for Class 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1F will need to provide:

Applicants for Class 2A, 2D will need to provide:

  • evidence of the required training and experience as specified on the SLED website.

If, at the time of your application you've enrolled in training, but have not yet completed the required units of competency, you can still provide your training qualifications to SLED up to 42 days from the date of your application. If you do not provide your training qualifications within this timeframe, your application will be withdrawn.

​​Training qualifications should be provided via email to sledlst@police.nsw.gov.au. Include your application number and full name in the subject line (for example, APP-0001234567 John Citizen).

If you'd like help in completing your application, call the SLED Contact Centre on 1300 362 001.

How to apply

  1. Gather all your digital and scanned documentation.
  2. Do not start this application process unless you have all of the necessary attachments. You are not able to make any changes once you've submitted.
    • Note: If at any time you need to go back and change something before submitting your application, select the back-arrow button at the top left of each screen.
  3. Check you meet all the eligibility requirements.
  4. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  5. Confirm you have Australian work rights.
  6. Select 'Start'.
  7. Log in or create an account.
  8. Complete the online form.
  9. Confirm you have attached all your supporting documents.
  10. Enter your payment details.
  11. Read and acknowledge the declaration.
  12. Review and submit your application.
  13. Once you've submitted your application you'll receive an email confirmation and payment receipt.

When entering your name, ensure you:

  • enter your given name in the First Name field
  • enter your surname in the Last Name field
  • enter any other names in the Middle Name field
  • if you only have one name, please enter it in the Last Name field.

Note: The minimum timeframe for a complete application to be processed is approximately 6 to 8 weeks and SMS and emails are used to communicate with you throughout the process.

To ensure you don’t miss out on important information it's advisable to:

If your application is incomplete or you have failed to provide the required information, your application will be delayed and may be withdrawn.

More information

  • Documents must be certified by an authorised person such as a:

    • Justice of the Peace
    • Legal Practitioner, or
    • Notary Public.
  • If your application is withdrawn you'll receive a refund of fees minus the processing fee of $120.00.
  • Once a licence has been issued there are no provisions for a refund of fees.
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