Before you register online

Make sure you have to register. If you’ve hired security guards from a licenced agency for your business only, you do not need to register. But if you employ your own in-house security staff, you must register.

To do this, make a list, or get one from your human resources manager or office (depending on the size of your business). The list should have the names, individual licence number and licence type for each employee working for you as a security guard and/or private investigator.

Notice of Collection

In order to process your request, ServiceOntario will collect some personal information on behalf of the Ministry of the Solicitor General under the authority of Section 11 of the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005. This information will be used for identification purposes and to issue and administer licences under the Act.

If you have any questions about the collection and use of your personal information, please contact the Team Leader, ServiceOntario Contact Centre at:

By mail:

ServiceOntario
Occupational Licensing Services Office
P.O. Box 4500
Kingston ON K7L 0E1

Register online

Register online as a new employer (opens a new browser window)

Being registered means you’re licenced to employ people as security guards and/or private investigators.

To renew, restore, replace, change your licence or other information go to maintain a registered licence.

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Cost and payment

It costs $80 to register as an employer of security guards and/or private investigators.

You can pay using:

  • InteracOnline®
  • Credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
  • Debit card (Visa or Mastercard)

Payments are non-refundable. This includes registrations withdrawn by the employer, denied due to ineligibility, or returned because of errors or incomplete information.

Returned registration form

If your registration form is returned to you because it contains an error(s) or missing information, you have 90 calendar days to respond. If you miss this deadline, your registration will be incomplete, the money will not be refunded and you’ll be charged a new licencing fee if you start again.

Maintain (renew or restore) a registered licence

Protect yourself and the employees working for you as security guards and private investigators:

Apply by mail

You may apply by mail for a new licence:

  1. Complete and print the paper application form
  2. Include a payment of $80 made out to the Minister of Finance by:
    • bank draft
    • money order (postal or bank)
    • certified cheque

Credit cards, cash and personal cheques are not accepted for applications by mail.
Send your application package to:

ServiceOntario
Occupational Licensing Services Office
P.O. Box 4500
Kingston ON K7L 0E1

Maintain (renew or restore) a registered licence by mail

Questions about the application

Email your questions or call Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm:

Updated: November 15, 2021
Published: December 07, 2015