A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting your Security Licence

Getting a security officer license in Singapore involves only 3 steps.

Step 1: Apply for Private Security Licence

The first step is to get the security clearance by the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department (PLRD) of the Singapore Police Force. To do so, you would need your Singpass account. For details on eligibility, refer to PLRD’s website.
Note: Malaysians who are keen to become security officers will need a valid Singapore work permit and a Certificate of Non-Criminal Conviction (CNCC), also known as Certificate of Good Conduct to apply for the licence.

  • Log in to GoBusiness website
  • For step-by-step guide on the licence application, refer to this link.
  • If you have prior training/experience, you may apply for training exemption by uploading the relevant documents.
  • Make payment of $16.00 (payment can be made via Paypal (Debit/Credit), VISA, Mastercard, American Express or Discover)
  • A formal notice of outcome will be send via post after 14 days
  • While waiting, you may proceed to Step 2
  • Alternatively, you may book an appointment with PLRD for assistance

Step 2: Sign up for Basic Licensing Units

After applying for the licence online, you may enroll for the 3 Basic Licensing Units.
The Basic Licensing Units (BLUs) are the compulsory security courses needed for a security licence in Singapore.

Unless exempted by PLRD, anyone who is keen to become a security officer will have to take and successfully pass the 3 courses below before getting the security licence. It is recommended to take the course in the sequence as follows:

  1. (a). Guard and Patrol: Provide Guard and Patrol Services (with effect from Jan 2024, this module will no longer be available)
        For more information, please click HERE

    (b). Guard and Patrol, Access Control Management: Provide Guard and Patrol Services and Operate Basic Security Equipment

  2. Incident Response: Handle Security Incidents and Services
  3. Threat Observation: Recognise Terrorist Threats 

For course schedules, please visit: https://aprotraining.sg/course-schedules/#blu-cert

About 2 weeks after successful completion of the 3 modules, trainee may apply for the Security ID card (Log-in to the LicenceOne website to check if the training status is updated)

Step 3: Apply for Security ID Card

From 15 Nov 2022, all walk-in, over-the-counter issuance of the PLRD ID card will be discontinued.

Union of Security Employees (USE) will move fully into a new mode of online card processing via https://www.iduse.org.sg.

The processing fee is $22.50 (with GST).  Information on the user guide and FAQs can be found on their web portal.

Please note that you must complete your online application for a new or expired licence via GoBusiness Licence1 before proceeding to apply for the online issuance of the ID card.

Congratulations on starting your career in the Security Industry!