How long does the SIA criminal record check take?
When you apply for or renew a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence, we check to see if you have a criminal record. We do this by submitting something called a ‘disclosure request’ to one of the UK‘s three disclosure bodies. There are some things you can do to speed up this check …
We may send you a disclosure request form for you to complete and return to us. If we do, please make sure that you follow the instructions we enclose with the form. If you don’t and you complete the form incorrectly it will delay your application.
We may ask you to submit a disclosure request through the Access NI website. If we do, please make sure you ask for a standarddisclosure. If you ask for a basic disclosure or an enhanced disclosure we will not be able to accept it. Also, if you ask for the wrong type of disclosure you will be charged the fee that Access NI would normally charge us.
If you live overseas or you have spent six continuous months or more outside the UK within the past five years, visit the ‘Overseas Criminal Record Checks’ page of our website before you apply. You will need to provide evidence of a criminal record check from the relevant country or countries and this can take time, so it’s better to get this started before you apply.
To find out more about getting licensed to work in a security role, visit the SIA website at www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk
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