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How to Apply for your Security Guard Licence

Applying for your Alberta Security Services Licence 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. If you need to renew your security licence, please follow these instructions.

STEP 1: 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

STEP 2: Gather the following information together

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

  2. Proof of Identification
    a. If born in Canada, a copy of either:
         i. Birth certificate​
         ii. Valid Canadian passport
         iii. Native Status Card
    b. If born outside of Canada, a copy of either:
         i. Citizenship document
         ii. Valid work permit
         iii. Permanent resident card
         iv. 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:
    a. CIPC / National
    b. Vulnerable Sector
    c. Local Database
    If you live in the Edmonton area, you can request this online.
    If you live in the Calgary area, you can request this online.

If you live in rural Alberta areas, you can request this online.​

Note that this costs approximately $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.

STEP 3: Choose one of the following ways to submit your application package

Note that if your Police Information check is not absolutely clear, and/or you are on a study or work permit, you must submit your application my mail only.

  1. Recommended option:
    Mail it to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

    Security Programs
    Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
    PO Box 1023 Station Main
    Edmonton, AB
    T5J 2M1

  2. Drop it off at Alberta Justice and Solicitor General office:

    John E. Brownlee Building
    9th Floor
    10365 97 St. NW
    Edmonton, AB
    T5J 3W7

  3. Drop it off at a registry to get a temporary license:

    If you are in the Edmonton area, this one is recommended:

    Registry on Wye Ltd.
    Phone: 780-417-7300
    #440, 450 Ordze Road
    Sherwood Park, AB T8B 0C5

Now What?

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does it cost to get my security licence?

The security service licensing fee through the government is $100.


2. How long is my licence good for?

Your licence is valid for 2 years. You are responsible for ensuring you renew your security guard licence every two years as you are not permitted to work with an expired licence.


3. If I change jobs, does that affect my 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 the ABST Frequently Asked Questions section, or visit:

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