To get your Ontario Security Guard License and start working, follow the steps below:

Step 1 - Check your eligibility. In order to apply for a license you must be at least 18 years of age, have the ability to legally work in Canada, and have a clean criminal record.

Step 2 - Take the training.  You must complete the mandatory 40 hour training with an accredited training provider.

Step 3 - Take the test. To register for a test you need a training completion number from your training provider. There are several testing locations across Ontario. You can find more information on the locations and procedures here. The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions based on the topics covered in your training. You will have 75 minutes to complete the test. The test is available in English and French. If you fail the test you can pay a re-booking fee of $75.15 and take the test again.

Step 4 - Apply for your license. To apply for your license you will need:

  • Ontario Testing Completion Number
  • Scanned or Digital, passport-quality photo that meets the requirements
  • Scanned copies (front and back) of two different valid IDs with name, photo, signature, and date of birth.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in Canada
  • Completed and Scanned copy of your signed Guarantor Form (page 21).
  • Pay the $80 license or $160 for dual license fee by credit card or Interac® Online.

You can apply online using a ServiceOntario Account or you can apply by mail and send all your documents to:
Occupational Licensing Services Office
P.O. Box 4500
ON K7L 0E1

Online applicants will be able to access a printable digital licence as soon as their application is approved. The printed digital licence can be used as proof of licensing until you receive your plastic licence card by mail.

Please note that ServiceOntario does not accept applications for security guard or private investigator licences at its service counters.

Processing time

A correctly completed application can take up to 30 days to be processed.

Licence expiry

Your new licence will expire two birthdays after the day it is issued.


Security guards and private investigators must carry a valid licence at all times while on duty. Security guards must identify themselves and show the front of their licence to anyone who asks to see it. This includes employers, police and members of the public.

Security guards and private investigators are responsible for adhering to the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 and its regulations, including the Code of Conduct regulation.

Failure to comply can lead to charges.

Learn more

For more information, read Questions and Answers – security guard and private investigator licences.

If you have other questions about getting a licence, contact customer service.

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