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Key info

  • You must have an individual security agent licence to run a business providing security or investigation services.
  • A security agent licence is valid for 3 years and allows you to employ staff or work for yourself.
  • You can apply for activities to be added to your licence, including crowd controller, security guard or commercial employee.
  • The average processing time is 6 weeks from the date the application is received.
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About applying for or renewing an individual security agent licence

You must first apply online, you still need to visit a service centre to prove your identity and have your photo taken. Your application cannot be fully processed until you have completed these steps.

If your application is successful, you receive a licence certificate. You will be able to download a copy from the My Licence portal.

You will be sent a renewal reminder notice about 8 weeks before your licence expires.

If the option to renew your licence is no longer available through the My Licence portal, you must submit a new application online.

How to apply or renew

What you need to apply or renew

To apply for a licence for the first time, or after your licence has expired, you must provide:

  • your personal details
  • type of licence(s) you want
  • a Tasmanian licence number of the manager(s) or agent you will be working for
  • certificate(s) showing any required training
  • your first aid certificate
  • proof of identity documents
  • current visa or Australian citizenship certificate if born overseas showing you have work rights in Australia
  • national personal insolvency index records (bankruptcy statements) dated within the last month (if applicable)
  • payment.

You must also:

  • give consent for Consumer, Building and Occupational Services to order a national police record check (additional fees will apply), and
  • pay a fee (either online or at a service centre) and have your fingerprints checked at a Tasmania Police station.

To renew a licence, you must login to your My Licence portal and provide:

  • your licence details
  • your personal details
  • any supporting documents including any new qualifications
  • current visa or Australian Citizenship certificate if born overseas showing you have work rights in Australia
  • national personal insolvency index records (bankruptcy statements) dated within the last month (if applicable)
  • payment.

You must also:

  • give consent for Consumer, Building and Occupational Services to order a National Police record check (additional fees will apply)
  • get a new photo taken at a service centre if yours has expired.

To apply for an endorsement on your current general security licence you must provide extra documents. Visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for the different endorsements you can add to your security licence, and their requirements.

Can I apply or renew?

You must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a fit and proper (PDF, 147KB) person
  • not be a bankrupt
  • have set up a trust account for the deposit of money received from your clients (commercial agents only)
  • have successfully completed the required training
  • have no recorded conviction of a prescribed offence.

Proving your identity

You do not need to prove your identity for processes that you can complete online.

If visiting a service centre you must provide 4 documents from the following lists to support your application. All the documents must be current and the combination of documents must contain your:

  • Given name and family name in full
  • Date of birth
  • Photograph.

If you bring copies of your original certificates they must be certified by a Commissioner for Declarations or a Justice of the Peace (JP).

You must have:

  • One commencement of identity document
  • One primary use in community document
  • Two secondary use in community documents.

  • Full Australian birth certificate (not an extract or commemorative certificate) issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Australian passport
  • Australian visa current at the time of entry into Australia as a resident or tourist supported by current overseas passport. If you do not have evidence of your current visa, please contact the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
  • Australian Government issued ImmiCard showing your visa and/or migration status.
  • Australian citizenship certificate.

If you were born in Australia and do not have a commencement in the community document, please get a certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory where you were born.

  • Australian passport
  • Current Australian driver licence, learner permit or provisional licence issued with a signature and photo and the same name as claimed
  • Current overseas passport with a valid entry stamp or visa
  • Australian Government issued ImmiCard showing your visa and/or migration status.
  • Australian marriage certificate (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
  • Current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian Government agency in the name of the applicant, with a photo
  • Current Australian Shooters or firearms licence showing a signature and photo (minor or junior permits or licences not accepted)
  • A current student identification card with a signature or photo (for persons under 18 years of age with no other primary identification documents).

  • Medicare card
  • Australian private health insurance card
  • Australian security guard or crowd control photo licence
  • Department of Veteran Affairs or Centrelink pensioner concession card (card or interim letter are suitable evidence - statements will not be accepted)
  • Consular photo identity card issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Photo identity card issued by the Australian Defence Force
  • Photo identity card issued to an officer by a police force
  • Photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government (may be a working with children or vulnerable people card or a government issued occupational licence)
  • Australian secondary or tertiary student photo identity card 
  • Certified academic transcript from an Australian university or a registered higher education provider
  • State/territory government rates assessment notice or Australian Tax Office assessment notice
  • Australian utility bill showing your name and address
  • Bank card, credit card, or bank statement (without recording the payment or card numbers)
  • Relationship certificate issued by a state or territory Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Australian Electoral Commission enrolment
  • Australian Trade Association card
  • Australian aviation security identification card
  • Australian maritime security identification card
  • Australian firearms licence
  • Certificate of identity issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry to Australia
  • Document of identity issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to Australian citizens or persons who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes
  • Convention travel document secondary (United Nations) issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Consular photo identity card issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Overseas government issued documents (for example, drivers licence)
  • Credit reference check
  • Trusted referees report
  • Australian tax file number

All proof of identity documents must show your full name. If you have changed your name and the documents show your old name, you must also show one of these documents:

  • Change of name registration issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages, deed poll or overseas issuing authority
  • Marriage certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (or interstate/overseas registry office equivalent). Church or celebrant issued certificates are not accepted
  • Divorce papers issued by court, showing your original name
  • Guardianship order
  • Relationship certificate
  • Adoption papers issued by court.

If you cannot get any of these documents, please contact Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for further information.

How much it costs

OccupationFee

Agent individual

$773.50

Agent body corporate

$773.50

Employee

$204

Amend registered details - agent individual licence, employee licence, body corporate.

  • This fee only applies if changes mean a new card must be produced (for example new activity, removing the 'provisional' condition).
  • You can change personal or manager details using your My Licence account.

$59.50

Issue a duplicate licence or identity card

$59.50

Apply for exemption to display identity card

$59.50

Fingerprinting (cost recovered charges)

$75

Criminal history police check (cost recovered charges)

$45

Criminal history and fingerprinting check - first time applicants only (cost recovery charges)

Body corporate applications - required for each director *

$120

* Not required if already obtained for an individual licence

Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

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More Information

  • You cannot get a refund if your application is refused or withdrawn for any reason.
  • If there are any issues with your application, you will be contacted either by phone or email.
  • The Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme has commenced in Tasmania. This allows you to use your current licence or registration to do the same activities in other parts of Australia. Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services to find out more.


Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for more information on applying for or renewing an individual security agent licence.