How to apply for security license in Alberta

How to apply for security license in Alberta

After you have completed your Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) and passed your provincial exam, you may now apply for  your security licence.

It takes about 3-4 weeks to receive your licence in the mail.  There are two ways to apply for your licence – at a registry office OR mailing the application in. If you go to registry office, you will get a TEMP licence so you can start working right away.

To get a temporary licence through a registry you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have a clear criminal record and vulnerable sector search
  • provide your completed application or renewal forms
  • provide all required documents
Contact the Security Programs office or website if you wish to learn more about licensing.

Step 1 – Download Form

Download (save as to your PC) and complete all sections of the “Individual Licence Application” form 


Step 2 – Passport Quality Photo

Attach 1 passport-size colour photo

    • photo must be colour, passport-size (2¾” high x 2″ wide) with a clear image 
    • taken in the last 3 months
    • no hats, sunglasses or other items that obscure your true image


Step 3 – Criminal Record Check

Apply and obtain an employment Police Information Check (PIC) from your local police agency


Step 4 – Identification

  • provide two pieces of government issued ID
  • must provide Proof of Citizenship
    • status card, birth certificate or passport 
    • if on a temporary visa: a copy of Student Visa or Work Permit
    • NOTE: Temporary visa holders can ONLY submit paper applications


STEP 5 – Proof Of Training

  • Provide photocopies of proof of training 
  • ABST Certificate or SSIA Reporting Sheet



There are 2 ways to submit your application:
1. In person

Take your application and documents to a registry agent that offers Security Programs licensing services.

Pay the licensing fee and service charge at the registry:

  • $100 security service licensing fee, or
  • $160 dual security service and investigators licensing fee, and
  • $9 service charge

If your application is approved, you’ll get a temporary licence that’s valid for 60 days.

2. By mail

Send your:

  • completed application form
  • required documents
  • payment or online payment receipt for:
    • $100 security service licensing fee, or
    • $160 dual security service and investigators licensing fee

Pay the licensing fee with one of the following (made payable to the Government of Alberta):

  • certified business cheque, or
  • certified personal cheque, or
  • money order, or
  • bank draft

***RE – Once you are licensed as a Security Professional you will be ready for work, please visit our other website HireMyGuard where you can create your own profile, check out job postings, and resources.

Visit the Alberta Security Programs website for the latest information.

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Lori Solley
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