Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Apply for a licence

Apply for a security guard or private investigator licence

To work as a security guard and/or private investigator in Ontario, you must have a valid licence.

Apply for a licence through ServiceOntario.

Please note that ServiceOntario does not accept applications at its service counters.

Who can get a licence

To be eligible for a licence:

  • you must be 18 years of age or older
  • you must be eligible to work in Canada
  • you must have a clean criminal record.

Basic training and testing requirements

Before you apply for a licence, you must:

  1. Take the security guard or private investigator basic training course.
  2. Pass the security guard or private investigator basic test.

Processing time

A correctly completed application can take up to 30 business days to be processed.

Licence expiry

Your new licence will expire two birthdays after the day it is issued.

Individual Responsibilities

Security guards and private investigators must carry a valid licence at all times while on duty.

Security guards must identify themselves and show the front of their licence to anyone who asks to see it. This includes employers, police and members of the public.

Security guards and private investigators are responsible for adhering to the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 and its regulations, including the Code of Conduct regulation.

Failure to comply can lead to charges.

Learn more

For more information, read Questions and Answers – security guard and private investigator licences.

If you have other questions about getting a licence, contact customer service.

Tips for a complete individual licence application.

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