Who must register as Security Guards?

Registration of security guards: who must register as security guards?

Who must register as Security Guards?

The Private Security Industry Regulation Act, 2001 (PSIRA Act), requires anyone offering security services to register with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).

This includes individuals and businesses involved in the following activities:

Guarding services:

  • Static guarding (fixed positions like building entrances)
  • Car guards (parking lot attendants)
  • In-house guarding (dedicated security personnel within a property)
  • Close protection officers (bodyguards)
  • Response security (mobile patrols and alarm response)
  • Asset in transit security (armed escorts for valuables)
  • Event security (crowd control and access management)

Other related services:

  • Manufacturers, importers, and distributors of security monitoring devices (e.g., alarms, CCTV systems)
  • Private investigators
  • Security training providers
  • Control room operators monitoring electronic security systems
  • Locksmiths providing security-related services
  • Individuals managing, supervising, or advising on security services
  • Installers and repairers of security equipment

Note: This list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the PSIRA website for complete details and specific registration requirements.

Some exemptions may apply depending on the nature and scope of the activity.