Individuals with a valid security guard or private investigator license.

Apply for a new license, reinstate an old one, or make changes to an existing one in order to work as a security guard or private investigator. In Ontario, you need a license to work as a security guard or private investigator. The date you were born is linked to the

Apply for a new license, reinstate an old one, or make changes to an existing one in order to work as a security guard or private investigator.

In Ontario, you need a license to work as a security guard or private investigator.

The date you were born is linked to the expiration of your security guard or private investigator license. You can expect your first license to expire two years from the date it was issued. This means that if your first license was issued on October 1, 2019, and your birthday is December 15, 2019, your license will expire on December 15, 2020.

If you need to renew your driver's license, the date will always be two years in the future and tied to your birthday.

You can apply for a license either online or by mail; however, online applications are processed more quickly. Before submitting an application, please make sure you meet all of the prerequisites listed below.

To Your Advantage Before You Apply

If you want to get a license, you need to:

Exhibit 1: You must:

Second, finish the training and examination by:

The following materials should be included with your application:

  • what ever number you got when you finished your Ontario exams
    • In the event that you have a valid security guard or private investigator license from another province, you may submit that license number along with a copy of the front and back of your license.
  • photo that is acceptable for passport purposes
  • credentials that verify who you are and whether or not you're allowed to work in Canada
  • a Guarantor Information Form with your guarantor's signature and date.
  • the fee that corresponds to your license category

Send in your application via the internet

Delays in processing

In some cases, the time it takes to review and approve an online application may be more than 10 business days. To better meet your needs, we are updating our infrastructure.

Applying for a license online is the quickest route to getting one.

There may be a delay of up to 10 business days in processing and approving a properly completed online application.

Eight weeks after your application is approved, your new license card will be mailed to you. A digital license is also available for you to download and print.

In order to acquire a license via electronic means, you must have:

To renew a current license, you have until 90 days before the end of the license term.

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Send in your application via snail mail.

A properly submitted mail-in application may take up to 30 business days to process and be approved.

Your new driver's license will arrive in the mail within eight weeks after your application has been processed and approved. A digital license is also available for you to download and print.

In order to obtain a license through the mail, you must:

Where to send mail

Please submit your application to the ServiceOntario Occupational Licensing Services Office by mail. O C.O. Box 4500, Kingston, Ontario

K7L 0E1

It is important to note that you must provide your email address on the application form if you wish to receive email notifications about your license (such as renewal reminders).

Value and distribution


  • Private Investigator Registration Fee:
  • Cost of a security guard's license:
  • Pricing for a dual license is $160.

If you're submitting an application online, these methods of payment are accepted:

  • InteracOnline®
  • Payment with a credit card (Discover®, Visa®, or MasterCard®)
  • A debit card (Visa® or Mastercard®)

If you are submitting a paper application, you can send your fee in any of the following ways, all of which should be addressed to the Minister of Finance:

  • bank draft
  • postal or bank money order
  • paid in full by a certified check

Please be aware that we cannot accept any payment methods through the mail at this time.

There will be no reimbursements for any payments made. Applications that are withdrawn, denied for ineligibility, or returned for errors or missing information and are not resubmitted within 90 calendar days will be considered abandoned. There will be a processing fee deducted from your payment.


A new license card will be mailed to you within eight weeks of the application's approval.

Obtain a digital version.

The digital version of your license is available for download and printing once your application has been processed and approved. The license card you will receive in the mail will serve as replacement for your digital copy.

Determine if a portable document format (PDF) version of your license is readily accessible for your review.

Edit your driver's license information.

Details about yourself

If any of the following apply to you, you must report it to the appropriate ministry immediately:

  • your identifying data (name, address, phone number) has changed.
  • If you have been convicted of, or found guilty of, an offense covered by Ontario Regulation 37/08 (Eligibility to Hold a Licence - Clean Criminal Record), you must report the conviction or finding of guilt within five days.

Adding or removing information from your driver's license is free of charge.


You need to update your license information, including your address.

Notate a conviction on your driver's license

To reiterate, you cannot alter your name in the online system. Requests to change one's name must be submitted in writing.

By mail

If you need to update your mailing address, phone number, or name on your driver's license, or if you want to add a criminal conviction, you can do so by sending the following information

Rebrand yourself.

An official certificate of name change from the government is required if you have changed your name in accordance with the Change of Name Act.

Please provide a copy of your marriage license or other official documentation proving your legal name change.

Marriage and birth certificates issued by the government must be presented if the woman wishes to revert to her maiden name.

Church-issued marriage licenses, for example, are not recognized as valid identification.

Changing your name on a driver's license is free of charge.

To legally alter your name:

Alter the type of driver's license you hold

In order to upgrade your license, you must have:

  • a scanned photo that, if necessary, conforms to passport standards for photographs
  • Proof of identity and work authorization in the form of government-issued identification
  • proof that your guarantor is willing to sign and date a Guarantor Information Form
  • if you are upgrading from a security guard or private investigator license to a dual license, your new Ontario Testing Completion Number
    • Please provide your out-of-province license number and a copy of the front and back of your out-of-province security guard or private investigator license if you have one.

Unless you are also renewing or restoring your license, changing your license category is free of charge.


To update your security guard certification:

Modify your private investigator certification to:

Should you decide to switch from a dual license (security guard and private investigator):

Change your license's classification and get it renewed or reinstated:


Send the following to the Department of Motor Vehicles to have your license classification changed:

Submissions Received Back

You have 90 days from the date your application was returned to you due to an error or missing information to submit a correction. Your application will be considered closed and your payment will be held as a processing fee if you do not submit the necessary information within 90 calendar days. After 90 days have passed, you'll have to pay a new licensing fee if you submit the necessary paperwork.

Applying online? If your application is returned to you, you can make changes and resubmit it through your ServiceOntario ONe-key account.

A resubmitted online application may take up to 10 business days to process.

Getting your photo and necessary paperwork ready

Legally-required Photographs

For first-time license applications, a passport-style photo is required.

Standard photo expiration dates are six years. If the photo on file with your driver's license agency has expired, you will need to submit a new photo in order to renew, restore, or change the category of your license online. If you are mailing in your renewal, restoration, or category change, you can verify that your photo is still valid by contacting ServiceOntario.

A good photograph such as this one is shown below.

Your photo requirements are as follows:

  • a photo that was taken by the subject and not sourced from anywhere else (photos of passports and other forms of identification are not acceptable).
  • this is not a "selfie"
  • dimensions of 50 mm across and 70 mm up (two inches across and two and a quarter inches in height).
    • Between 31 and 36 millimeters (1 1/4 and 1 7/16 inches) is ideal for the vertical distance between the bottom of the face and the crown of the head.
  • crystal-clear, pin-sharp focus
  • accompanied by:
    • white background with distinct separation between your face and the rest of the frame Pictures must accurately depict skin tones.
    • uniform illumination free of shadows, glare, flash reflections, and red-eye
    • Frontal, centered, and squared-off (FST) to the camera.
  • taken while maintaining a poker face
    • open and observable eyes
    • No giggling, mouth firmly closed
  • recent photo of yourself (taken within the last six months)

Please take note that if your eyes are easily visible and the lenses are glare-free, you may wear prescription glasses. Sunglasses are not permitted.

Except when worn daily for religious or medical reasons, hats and other head coverings are not permitted. Your entire face needs to be visible, and your head covering can't obscure your features.

Images that are not acceptable as examples

For images that won't be accepted, see these examples:

Provide documentation of your identity and legal right to work in Canada.

You must submit two forms of government-issued identification (ID) with both the front and back sides photocopied:

  1. Bring only one form of identification that verifies your identity (and that includes your full legal name, photo, signature, and date of birth).
  2. A supplementary ID documenting your right to work in Canada It's not possible to use the same ID for both applications.

To review before handing in your identification documents:

  • Select one form of identification from List 1 and one form of identification from List 2 from the list of acceptable documents.
  • The two forms of identification you provide to the guarantor must match the two you use to submit your application.
  • At the time of application submission, all submitted identification must be in good standing (not expired, suspended, or revoked).
  • Both forms of identification must contain the same information, including the same first and last names, and the names on both forms of identification must match the names used to apply for the license.
  • All identification documents must be in English or French or have been translated into one of those languages by a certified translator.
  • You must submit photocopies of your valid forms of identification that are in good enough quality for us to read both the front and back.

Formalized Records That Can Be Accepted

Pick one from List 1

To verify your identity, please use one of the following documents (which must contain your full legal name, date of birth, signature, and photo):

Warning: you can't use the same ID to prove your Canadian citizenship and your employment eligibility.

  • license to drive in any jurisdiction
  • in principle, any Passport that is currently valid
  • Identification Card for Ontario (Ontario)
  • Proof of citizenship in Canada (photo ID card).
  • Identification card from the Canadian Department of National Defense (issued within the past five years).
  • Proof of membership in the Canadian Armed Forces issued by the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND).
  • Valid Canadian Travel Document
  • Document for Seeker of Refugee Status (with Photograph)
  • Proof of Indian Blood Certificate
Pick one from List 2

To demonstrate your legal right to work in Canada, please present one of the following identification documents:

  • Documentation of Canadian Origin
  • Documentation of a Successful Birth (Attested)
  • Canadian Citizenship Documentation
  • Document of Canadian Citizenship
  • Cards for Permanent Residents
  • Proof of Eligibility to Reside Permanently
  • Certification of Naturalization (issued prior to January 1, 1974)
  • valid student or work visa
  • A Landing Report (IMM 1000)
  • Validation of Indian Blood Certificate
  • Certificate of Retention
  • Birth Registration Document Issued in Another Country
  • Canadian Military ID Card
  • Canadian Forces ID Card from the Department of National Defense (DND)
  • Landing Authentication
  • Notice of Verification of Status / Verification of Status Verification
  • Document of Identity for Foreign Nationals in Canada (IMM183).

Formalities that don't cut it

These forms of identification are not going to be accepted:

  • Card for Medical Insurance
  • Identification card featuring a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • License to either possess or acquire firearms (known as a "PAL" or "POL").
  • Permission to Use the PSIS
  • Birth Announcement, Live Birth Announcement, Birth Registration Certificate
  • Quebec vital records issued prior to 1994
  • Valid Canadian Identification Document
  • Identification Cards of the Metis Nation

Try to locate a cosigner.

Original documents must be submitted to a guarantor to verify an applicant's identity.

A suitable guarantor would be:

  • The minimum age to participate is 18
  • Obtainable via telephone
  • a person who has known you for at least two years on a personal level
  • being able to verify your most fundamental identifiers (such as your name, age, physical description, and history)

Your guarantor doesn't have to be someone you've known for at least two years if you can't find one; they can be anyone else instead.

  • an organization that employs you
  • any private investigator or security guard in Ontario with a current license.
  • an executive, manager, or proprietor of a security firm, private investigation firm, or other business compliant with the Private Security and Investigative Services Act of 2005
  • chiropractor
  • dentist
  • judge
  • Judge of Peace
  • pharmacist
  • lawyer
  • mayor
  • physician
  • legal religious leader in the province who can legally perform weddings
  • Document Verifier
  • an officer of the law
  • any elementary or secondary school principal or educator
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • engineer by profession
  • academic staff member at a public institution
  • veterinarian

Get the Guarantor Data Sheet here and fill it out. The applicant is free to fill out Section A, but the guarantor is required to finish Section B.

Keep the following tips in mind as you fill out the Guarantor Information Form:

  • The written word must be legible and presented in an orderly fashion. If you make a mistake, you should cross it out, update the information next to the mistake, and initial the new section. Please refrain from using tape or correction fluid.
  • Your guarantor must identify themselves professionally (as a police officer or teacher) or personally (as a family member or friend).
  • When applying for a license, you must present your guarantor with the same two forms of identification you will use to obtain the license. Both of these forms of ID must be submitted with the form.
  • Your guarantor is obligated to verify that the names on your forms of identification are identical.
  • Your guarantor needs to sign and date the form in order for it to be valid. Signatures can be digitally transmitted. The form is only valid for 90 days after it has been signed.
  • The online application process requires that you have a scanned copy of your completed form ready to upload.

Warning of Debt Collection

Using the authority granted by Section 11 of the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, ServiceOntario will collect some of your personal information in order to fulfill your request on behalf of the Ministry of the Solicitor General. Use of the data collected will include identification and the management of licenses issued under the Act.

Contact the ServiceOntario call center if you have any inquiries regarding the collection and use of your personal information.

  • Free phone number: (866) 767-7454
  • GTA: 416-212-1650
  • 416-212-6319

By mail:

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario

P O  Box 4500

Kingston ON 
K7L 0E1

Contact us

Questions can be sent to [email protected] or called in between 8:30 and 4:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. m to 5 p m :

Changed on: January 5, 2023
Date of Publication:December 7th, 2015
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