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Licensing matters: photographs

Licensing matters: photographs

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05 Jan, 2018

When you apply for a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence, you are asked for a passport-sized photograph of yourself.

Depending on the specific circumstances of your application, this photo may be taken by counter staff at a post office, uploaded by your employer or be physically posted to the SIA by you.

People sometimes ask why the SIA doesn’t just use photographs that have already been provided to other government agencies – for example, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) or the DVLA. The answer is, before the SIA can issue you with a licence, it must confirm your identity. One of the ways in which it does this is by comparing the photograph you provide with the photograph on your identity documents. There is little point in doing this if the photograph it is checking and the photograph it is checking it against are the same!

If you are applying for a front-line licence, the photograph you provide will be printed on the front of the licence. The photograph must therefore meet SIA requirements. If it doesn’t, it will be rejected and your application will be put on hold until you supply another photograph.

For more useful info like this, on security careers and the security industry, visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/home.aspx

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