Private security

Learn about private security, including information about registration, licence activities and contacting the Licensing and Regulation Division.

Status of current applications

Last updated 16 April 2024

Application typeProcessing applications submitted
New private security licence/registration applications23 February 2024
Private security licence/registration renewals07 March 2024

Please note that the application processing times outlined above are indicative only.

Complex applications, or those with suitability concerns, may take longer to process. In addition, private security business licence applications require thorough review before approval. 

Contact the Licensing and Regulation Division

Get in touch about private security licensing through our online enquiry form.

For enquires requesting application processing updates and approval time frames, please review the Status of current applications on this page.

For general information, please refer to the Firearms and Private Security webpages. Our webpages contain information on topics relating to licensing requirements, access to application forms and guides. 

Phone services temporarily unavailable 

The Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) phone services will be unavailable on Tuesday 23 April and Thursday 25 April. 

Normal phone services will resume at 10:00am on Tuesday 30 April.

Any urgent enquiries during this period should be directed to LRD via our online enquiry form

Warning for phishing scam emails

The Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) have been informed of suspicious phishing emails which are attempting to steal the personal and/or financial information of licence holders. 

Please note that LRD never request payment via email, seek information about other licence holders, or communicate via Gmail. 

To safeguard your information, you should never:

  • click on phishing email links
  • open attachments, or
  • provide sensitive details such as your personal information, bank account details or credit card numbers.

Note the phishing email address and do not follow any instructions the email contains.

Visit Scamwatch to report a scam or find out what to do if you’ve been scammed. Or, if you receive a suspicious emailing claiming to be from LRD, please report it or reach out with questions and concerns via LRD’s online contact form

Public register for register of licence, registration and permit holders

The public register for Register of Licence, Registration and Permit Holders allows businesses and individuals to ensure that their employees are appropriately licensed.

All current holders of a Victorian private security individual or business licence or registration will appear on the Victoria Police public register, regardless of the documented expiry date. Sections 36 (4) and 92 (4) of the Private Security Act 2004, allow that a licence or registration, in respect of a renewal application, is deemed to continue in force, after the expiry of the licence period, until the Chief Commissioner makes a decision in relation to the application.

Ability to work while waiting for my plastic licence

Under sections 36(4) and 92(4) of the Private Security Act 2004, if you are renewing your private security licence or registration, you can still continue to work while awaiting your licence renewal to be processed and finalised.

You or your employer can check the validity of your licence by checking the public register of licence, registration and permit holders.

If you have completed your renewal application and are still waiting to receive your new plastic licence card you should carry your expired licence together with your receipted payment notice.

About private security

To learn more about private security legislation, you can access the Private Security Act 2004. You can also view our most recent Statement of Expectations, privacy statements and compliance principles on our Licensing and Regulation Division page. Private security licence and registration fees can be found on our Service fees and penalties page.

There are a number of activities and security guard sub-activities you can undertake under a private security licence or registration. Private security licence activities and their definitions are outlined below. 

For information concerning private security registration activities, see Applying for a new private security licence or registration.

Private security licence activities

Firearm licensing for security guards

People performing duties as an armed guard or cash-in-transit firearm must be the holder of a current firearms licence in addition to their private security licence.