Apply or renew

Find out how to apply for or renew a private security licence or certificate of approval (COA).

Renew

Find out how to renew a private security licence or certificate of approval.

Renew your current licence or certificate

Apply

There are 2 ways you can apply.

Apply online

It’s quicker and cheaper to apply online.

Apply for a new licence or certificate

Apply by mail

You must apply by mail for:

  • temporary certificates to work while training
  • trans-Tasman mutual recognition applications.

Apply by mail

Temporary certificate to work while training

You can start work before you’ve done the training you need as a crowd controller, property guard or personal guard. To do this you need to apply for a temporary certificate.

Temporary certificates

Emergency appointments without certificates

If you have a company or individual licence you can employ staff without certificates in an emergency.

Emergency appointments without certificates

No refunds

If your application is turned down or you make a mistake and have to reapply, you won’t get your fee back. This is because the fee covers what it costs us to process the application. For more information about the rare cases we may give a refund you can contact us.

Contact us

Withdrawing applications

You can withdraw your application at any time by using the withdrawal form. You will not get your fee back.

Withdraw an application form [PDF, 507 KB]

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