How to Apply for your Security License

Updated: Mar 31

Applying for your Alberta Security Services License can seem daunting, so we have simplified it in an easy-to-understand procedure. Follow this guide if you have never got your licence before, or if your licence is over 90 days expired.

A. Check to make sure you meet these basic requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age

  2. Fluent in speaking English. (Level 5 benchmark)

  3. A Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada.

  4. No serious criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.

  5. No outstanding criminal charges.

  6. Not the subject of a criminal investigation.

  7. Complete approved Alberta Basic Security Training course

  8. Successfully pass the proctored government exam with a score of 80% or higher

B. Gather the following information together:

1. Completed and signed Individual Licence Application section of the Application Form

2. Proof of Identification

  1. If born in Canada, a copy of either:

  2. Birth certificate​

  3. Valid Canadian passport

  4. Native Status Card

  5. If born outside of Canada, a copy of either:​

  6. Citizenship document​

  7. Valid work permit

  8. Permanent resident card

  9. Valid Canadian passport

Note that non-Canadian identification documents will NOT be accepted. If you are mailing in your application, provide photocopies of the front and back of your documents.

3. 1 current colour passport photo (2 3/4" x 2")​

You can get one done at many places, such as London Drugs or Costco.

4. Original Police Information Check documents including:

  1. CPIC/ National​

  2. Vulnerable Sector

  3. Local Database

You can request this online here: Note that this costs $76 and these documents expire after 90 days.

5. Completion certificate of approved Alberta Basic Security Training course

6. Solicitor General exam passing certificate or your signed grade sheet emailed to you

For students who pass the exam, certificates are issued by the Solicitor General of Alberta (NOT Tip of Spear) within two (2) to three (3) weeks of the exam, and sent to you by mail.

7. Baton certification training certificate and authorization letter from employer only if seeking authority to carry a baton.

If you are mailing your application, provide a copy of your baton recertification training certificate and letter.

8. Application fee of $100 + additional processing fees

C. Submit your application package

1. By mail to:

Security Programs

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

PO Box 1023 Station Main

Edmonton, AB.

T5J 2M1

* This is the recommended option

2. Or in person at:

Registry on Wye Ltd.

Phone: 780-417-7300


#440, 450 Ordze Road

Sherwood Park, AB T8B 0C5

* Call before going to ensure they are open due to COVID-19

If your application is approved, you'll get a temporary licence that's valid for 60 days emailed to you. Your licence card will be mailed to the address in your application. You must provide a photocopy of your licence card to your employer and carry the original with you while you’re working.

General Information about the Security Services Licence

The security service licensing fee through the government is $100. Your licence is valid for 2 years. You are responsible for ensuring it gets renewed every two years as you are not permitted to work with an expired licence. Your individual licence is portable, which means your licence is still valid if you change employers or if you work for multiple employers.

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions section, or visit:

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