Here are the steps on how to register for a Security Agency in Singapore:
Form a company. You can do this through the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). The company must be a private limited company with a minimum paid-up capital of SGD 500,000.
Appoint directors. The company must have at least two directors. The directors must be fit and proper persons, meaning they must have good character and be of good standing. They must also have at least two years of experience in a security-related position or in business management.
Obtain the necessary training. All directors of a security agency must complete the following training modules:
Manage Security Operations
Manage Security Emergencies
Apply for a license. You can apply for a security agency license through the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department (PLRD) of the Singapore Police Force. The application process can be done online through the GoBusiness Licensing website.
Pay the license fees. The license fees for a security agency are as follows:
First-time license: SGD 1,000
Renewal of license: SGD 500
Submit the required documents. The following documents are required for a security agency license application:
Latest business profile
Confirmation letter for business name search
Individual profile documents for the directors
Proof of paid-up capital
Wait for the approval of your application. The PLRD will review your application and will notify you of the decision within 30 working days.
Here are some additional requirements for a security agency license in Singapore:
The company must have a registered office in Singapore.
The company must have a training center that is approved by the PLRD.
The company must have a fleet of vehicles that are used for security purposes.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Overview of Security Agency Licence
A Security Agency's licence is required if your company is involved in any of the following:
Engage in the business of supplying, for reward, the services of Security Officers to other persons;
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 new 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
(2) There must be at least 2 directors/partners
(3) All directors/partners must be fit and proper persons
(4) The directors/partners of the business entity must fulfil the following requirements:
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’
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.
Foreign 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.
Security Agencies Competency Evaluation (SACE)
(5) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, applicants must pass the Security Agencies Competency Evaluation (SACE) conducted by the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department and the Ministry of Manpower, to be eligible for an SA licence.
a. Applicants who pass all the prescribed core competencies are eligible for a 1 year licence;
b. Applicants who pass all the prescribed core competencies, and the stipulated number of elective competencies (as specified by the Licensing Officer) are eligible for a 2 year licence; and
c. First time applicants (“FTAs”) must pass 3 core competencies to be eligible for a 1 year licence. FTAs are not eligible to opt for elective competency assessment.
For more details on SACE, please visit here
For FTAs, please visit here to view the assessment checklist
FTAs are required to submit the documents (in soft copies and PDF-format) for the following SACE competencies during the licence application process.
a) C.1: Pre-deployment Training
b) C.2: Continuous Professional Development
c) C.5: Business Continuity Plan
(6) An initial paid-up capital of SGD$500,000
(7) A physical office
(8) Certified with bizSAFE Level 2.
You are required to obtain the following documents before applying for a Security Agency licence.
Minimum 2 years' experience in security-related work or business holding management position
WSQ Statement of Attainment for modules stated in ‘Eligibility’ section
Paid-up capital of at least $500,000
Highest education certificate (at least 3 GCE 'O" level passes or ITE NTC 2 or its equivalent)
Proposed company name which does not infringe copyright or trademark
Business plan outlining the:
Research on market opportunities
Resumes of personnel actively involved in the day to day operations and administration
Proposed uniform and insignia designs for security officers
Audit and internal procedures to ensure approved and trained security officers are deployed
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
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.
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.
A non-refundable fee of $400 is required.
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