How to Apply for Security Officer Licence

How to Become a Security Officer

To become a security officer in Singapore and get security officer jobs, a security officer licence is required if you are employed to perform any of the following functions:

  • Patrolling or guarding another person’s property (including cash in transit) by physical means (which may involve the use of patrol dogs) or by electronic means;
  • Keeping the property (including cash in transit) of another person under surveillance, including for the purpose of preventing theft thereof;
  • Acting as a bodyguard or bouncer;
  • Performing any function of screening individuals, as part of your regular duties, seeking entry into any public place or other premises; and
  • Regulating traffic under the Road Traffic Act (Cap. 276).

There are 3 Steps to obtain a security officer license.

Step 1: Security Clearance by PLRD

To apply for security officer license, you need to get security clearance by Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD) before you can apply for a job as a security guard. Eligibility details can be found on PLRD’s website.

  • Use your SingPass to Log in to LicenceOne website.
  • Refer to this for Step-by-Step guide on the PLRD Clearance application,
  • You may apply for training exemption by uploading the relevant documents to the portal If you have prior training/experience,
  • Payment of $16.00 for application fee and wait for 2 weeks for the outcome
  • For Malaysians in Singapore, you can approach the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore to apply for the Letter of Good Conduct.
  • For Singaporeans who has previous engagements or qualifications in the security industry, you may wish to approach the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department to seek exemptions.

Step 2: Attend 3 compulsory modules under Basic Licensing Units

These 3 modules under the Basic Licensing Units (BLUs) are the compulsory security courses before you can apply for a security licence in Singapore.

Unless you have prior experience and are 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.

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CourseDaysFull Fee (Including GST)MCES (40 yrs old or above)Others (21-39 or PR)
1. Provide Guard & Patrol Services2$289.01$ 99.94$153.96
2. Handle Security Incidents and Services3$396.01$136.94$210.96
3. Recognise Terrorist Threat (Threat Observation)2$422.76$146.19$225.21
Total7$1,107.78$ 383.07$ 590.13

From 1 July 2023, There will be some changes to the compulsory modules under Basic Licensing Units

Check out our Frequently Asked Question – Enhanced Training Requirements for Security Officers page to clear your doubts.

CourseDaysFull Fee (Including GST)MCES (40 yrs old or above)Others (21-39 or PR)
1. Provide Guard & Patrol Services + Access Control Management3$485.05$ 173.55$262.55
2. Handle Security Incidents and Services3$403.41144.34$218.36
3. Recognise Terrorist Threat (Threat Observation)2$430.66154.09233.11
Total8$1,319.12$ 471.98$ 714.02

Step 3: Apply for a Security ID Card

Now you are ready to apply for a Security officer license.  To apply for the Security ID card, visit USE Customer Service Centre.

The processing fee is $22.50 (with GST).

USE Customer Service Centre
200 Jalan Sultan #03-24
Textile Centre
Singapore 199018
Contact number: 63346393

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Last Tuesday of the Month: 9 am – 1 pm
Closed on Public Holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Additional Information :

  1. 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. Malaysians in Singapore can approach the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore to apply for the certificate.
  2. After your complete your course and secure your Security ID Card, you can go find security related full-time/part time job.  Alternatively, you can also approach us and we would be able to recommend some security jobs for you.  A full time security guard officer can earn up to $2,500 in gross pay salary per month under the Progressive Wage Model :

Career advancement for the security industry is also possible through the PWM.

New License Renewal Requirement for ALL Licensed Officers

Licensing and Regulatory Requirements

Security Officers whose licenses are expiring on or after 1 January 2024 will be informed to attempt the online refresher quiz from 1 October 2023 (three months before their license expiry). Passing the refresher quiz before they are eligible for license renewal is mandatory. The license validity for Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents is five years and the validity for Work Permit (WP) holders corresponds to their WP expiry.

How and Where to Assess the Refresher Quiz

Currently, PLRD sends out a renewal notice to the Security Officers three months prior to their license expiry. With effect from 1 October 2023, the renewal notice will include a link (in the form of a QR code) to access the refresher quiz and accompanying training package. The link to the refresher quiz and training package will also be included on SPF’s webpage on Security Officers’ licenses.

Modality and Content of the Refresher Quiz

The refresher quiz will comprise 20 multiple-choice questions randomized from a question bank. The quiz will include topics from the prevailing enhanced BLUs, current/new laws, policies, and guidelines. Security Officers can access the training package and complete the quiz on their own time via personal electronic devices (e.g. laptop, mobile phone, etc).

Accompanying Training Package to Prepare Security Officers for the Refresher Quiz

To assist the Security Officers in preparing for the quiz, a training package will be provided to all licensed security agencies and made available on SPF’s website for officers’ reference.


The refresher quiz will be administered by PLRD vendor, at a fee of $20. Security officers have unlimited attempts to pass the quiz. For timely renewal of their license, officers should pass the quiz within three months of their renewal notice.

Information from the Ministry of Home Affairs’ media release as well as the factsheet

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