Registration as a security officer or private investigator (for individuals).

Apply for a new security guard or private investigator license, or renew, restore, update (change information for), or apply for a previously held license. In Ontario, you need a license to work as a security guard or private investigator. The date of your birth is used

Apply for a new security guard or private investigator license, or renew, restore, update (change information for), or apply for a previously held license.

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

The date of your birth is used to determine when your security guard or private investigator license will expire. Licenses issued for the first time will be valid until the applicant's 42nd birthday after the date of issuance. As an illustration, 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.

Your license renewal date is linked to your birthday and is always two years into the future.

Online applications are processed more quickly than mail-in applications, but both methods work. Before submitting an application, please make sure you meet the below requirements.

Before you apply,

In order to obtain a permit, you must:

First, provide evidence that you are able to:

2. Finish all required training and exams by:

The following materials should be included with your application:

  • where you finished the Ontario exams
    • Provide your out-of-province license number and a copy of the front and back of your existing security guard or private investigator license if you already hold such a license in another country.
  • photo that is acceptable for passport purposes
  • proof of identity and work authorization documents for Canadian employers
  • a signed and dated Guarantor Information Form from your guarantor
  • the fee that corresponds to your license category

Submit your application via the internet.

Delays in processing

Online applications may take longer than 10 business days to review and approve. To better meet your needs, we are upgrading our system.

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

It may take up to 10 business days to process and approve a properly completed online application.

Please allow up to eight weeks for the delivery of your new license after its approval. A digital license will be available for you to download and print.

The following are the necessities for obtaining a license via electronic means:

Take note that if you are renewing a current license, you have until 90 days before the license's expiration date to do so.

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Send in your application via snail mail.

For a mail-in application to be processed and approved, it can take up to 30 business days if all the information is correct.

Your new driver's license will arrive in the mail within eight weeks after your application has been processed and approved. A digital copy of your license can be downloaded and printed at any time.

If you prefer to apply for a license through the mail, you must:

Where to send mail

Send your application materials to:ServiceOntarioOccupational Licensing Services OfficeP. O Postal Stop: Kingston, Ontario, Box 4500

K7L 0E1

Please include your email address on the application form if you'd like to receive license-related emails (such as renewal reminders).

Payment and distribution terms


  • A license to act as a private investigator will set you back .
  • The cost of a license to work as a security guard is .
  • To purchase both licenses for only $160 (dual license)

You can submit an online application and pay with:

  • InteracOnline®
  • Payment with a credit card (Discover®, Visa®, or MasterCard®)
  • Credit card (Discover®, American Express®, Diners Club®, etc.)

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

  • bank draft
  • Bank or postal money order
  • official bank check

Payments made by mail cannot be made with a credit card, cash, or a personal check.

All payments are final. Applications that are withdrawn, rejected for ineligibility, or returned because of mistakes or missing information and are not resubmitted within 90 calendar days will be considered abandoned. The amount paid will be used to cover administrative costs.


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

Purchase a digital copy.

After your application is reviewed and approved, you will be able to retrieve a PDF version of your license and print it out. In any case, the license card you'll be sent in the mail will need to take the place of your digital copy.

Whether or not a portable document format (PDF) version of your license is available can be viewed here.

You need to update your driver's license.

Confidential details

If any of the following apply to you, you need to inform the ministry immediately:

  • your identifying details (such as your name, address, or contact information) have changed.
  • within five days of the conviction/findings of guilt, you have been convicted of an offense listed under Ontario Regulation 37/08 (Eligibility to Hold a Licence - Clean Criminal Record).

The process of updating your driver's license is free of charge.


Modify your driver's license information, including your address.

Write down a felony conviction on your driver's license

To reiterate, you cannot alter your name in the online system. All requests to legally change one's name must be submitted in writing and mailed.

By mail

If you need to update your address, phone number, or criminal record via mail:

Alter your monicker

A government-issued certificate of name change is required if you have changed your name in accordance with the Change of Name Act.

It is required that you present official documentation of your marriage if you wish to use your married surname.

In order to legally revert back to your maiden name, official documents such as your marriage license and birth certificate will be required.

A church marriage certificate, for example, is not valid because it was issued by a religious institution.

License name changes are free of charge.

How to Change Your Name

Make a shift in the type of license you hold

In order to upgrade your license classification, you must have:

  • digital copy of a passport-style photo that has been scanned to meet specifications
  • Identifiable papers that verify your identity and legal right to work in Canada
  • a signed and dated Guarantor Information Form from your guarantor
  • if you are upgrading from a security guard or private investigator license to a dual license, your new Ontario Testing Completion Number
    • 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.

When renewing (or restoring) your license at the same time, you can switch categories without incurring any additional costs.


To update your security guard certification:

To update your private investigator certification:

If you currently hold both a security guard and private investigator license, you must update your credentials.

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:

Applications that were returned

You have 90 days to respond to a request for additional information or clarification after your application has been returned to you. Your application will be considered closed and your payment will be held as a processing fee if you do not submit the requested materials within 90 calendar days. After 90 days have passed, a new licensing fee will be required if the necessary information is submitted.

If your online application is rejected, you can resubmit it with any necessary changes by logging into 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

The Need for Photographs

If this is your first time applying for a driver's license, you must include a photo that meets passport standards with your application.

Most photographs can be used for up to six years. If the photo on file for your license has expired, you will need to submit a new one when renewing, restoring, or switching the type 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.

One such acceptable photograph is presented here.

For your submission, the photo needs to:

  • a photo that was taken by the subject and not copied from anywhere (photos of passports and other forms of identification are not acceptable).
  • not a self-portrait
  • Approximately 2 inches wide and 2 and a half inches long (50 mm x 70 mm).
    • From chin to hairline, a healthy face should be between 31 and 36 millimeters (1 1/4 and 1 7/16 inches) in height.
  • Intuitive, distinct, and lucid
  • when coupled with
    • the distinction between your face and the background must be very stark, so a white background is ideal. Images must accurately depict skin tones.
    • There are no dark areas, bright spots, or red eyes caused by the light.
    • Position yourself so that your head is facing the camera (front and center).
  • image captured with a composed expression
    • eyes wide open and observable
    • closed mouth, no giggling
  • a recent photo of yourself (within the last six months)

A word to the wise: if your eyes aren't obscured and the lenses aren't glaring, you can wear glasses that you need. You are not allowed to use sunglasses.

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

Photos that don't belong here: examples

The following are some examples of unacceptable images:

Give documentation establishing your identity and legal right to work in Canada.

The front and back of two forms of government-issued photo identification (ID) are required:

  1. Authentication of your identity (full legal name, photo, signature, and date of birth) via a single piece of identification is required.
  2. Additional identification that verifies your legal right to work in Canada You can't use the same ID for both applications.

Please keep the following in mind as you prepare to turn in your identification:

  • Select one form of identification from List 1 and one form of identification from List 2 from the list of acceptable documents.
  • You must use the same two forms of identification that you will present to your guarantor when submitting your application.
  • At the time of application submission, all of your identification documents must be up-to-date and in good standing (i.e. not expired, suspended, or revoked).
  • There must be an exact correspondence between the names on both forms of identification and the name on your license application.
  • Your identification documents must be in English or French, or a certified translation thereof.
  • you must provide complete, legible copies (front and back) of your original identification documents.

Documents that can be used

The First List: Pick One

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

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

  • license to drive in any jurisdiction
  • passports in general
  • Validation of Ontario Identification Cards
  • ID card / Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • A current or recently expired Canadian National Defense ID card.
  • An official Canadian Armed Forces ID Card issued by the Department of National Defense
  • Passport or other Canadian Travel Document
  • Certification of Asylum Seeker (with Photograph)
  • Card Verifying Indian Blood Origin and Status
The second list is a pick-one.

Select one valid ID from the following to demonstrate your right to work in Canada:

  • Certificate of Live Birth from Canada
  • Provenance of a Live Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Citizenship in Canada
  • Valid passport for entry into Canada
  • Evidence of Legal Status to Remain in the United States Forever
  • Verification of Indefinite Stay
  • ID proving naturalization (issued prior to 1 January 1974).
  • valid student or work visa
  • Documentation of Touchdown (IMM 1000)
  • Proof of Indian Blood Certificate
  • Receipt of Certification for Retention
  • Verification of Birth Registration Issued Abroad
  • DND Services Card - Canada's Military ID
  • Military ID issued by the Canadian Ministry of National Defense (MND)
  • The Landing Has Been Verified
  • Status Verification Notice / Verification of Status
  • Document of Identity for Foreign Nationals in Canada (IMM183).

Files that don't cut it

None of the following forms of identification will be accepted:

  • insurance card
  • Proof of identity and social insurance number (SIN) card
  • Obtaining a Permit to Acquire or a Permit to Possess a Firearm
  • Obtaining Your PSIS Permissions
  • Birth Announcement, Live Birth Announcement, Birth Registration Certificate
  • Québec birth certificates issued prior to 1994
  • License to operate in Canada
  • Cards of the Metis Nation

Collect a guarantor

The guarantor must verify your identity using the original documents you provide.

To qualify as a guarantor, a person must:

  • At the very least, 18 years old
  • Obtainable via telephone
  • a person you've known for at least two years outside of school settings
  • capable of having your most fundamental personal details confirmed (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.

  • one of your bosses
  • any private investigator or security guard in Ontario with a current license.
  • official from a security guard or private investigation firm or a partner in a business that is registered under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act of 2005
  • chiropractor
  • dentist
  • judge
  • A Peace Officer or Judge
  • pharmacist
  • lawyer
  • mayor
  • physician
  • religious leader who is licensed to perform weddings in the province
  • Public Notary
  • law enforcement official
  • a primary or secondary school principal or teacher
  • qualified accountant
  • Technologist who specializes in engineering
  • academic staff member at a public institution
  • veterinarian

Get the Guarantor Form here and fill it out. The applicant is free to fill out Section A, but the guarantor must complete Section B.

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

  • The writing needs to be legible and uncluttered. If you make a mistake, please correct it by crossing it out, rewriting the relevant information next to the error, and then initialing the new section. Do not use tape or correction fluid.
  • Your guarantor must identify themselves professionally (as a police officer or teacher) or personally (as a family member or close friend).
  • When you apply for your license, you must also provide your guarantor with two forms of identification. Two forms of identification must match these criteria and be submitted with the form.
  • A guarantor's responsibility includes checking that the names on both forms of identification are identical.
  • The form is not valid without the guarantor's signature and date. Signatures can be digitally transmitted. There is a 90-day expiration period after signing the form.
  • To apply online, you'll need to have a scanned copy of your completed application form ready to upload.

Publication of Notice of Intended Collection

ServiceOntario, acting on behalf of the Ministry of the Solicitor General and with the authority of Section 11 of the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, will collect some personal information from you in order to process your request. To verify identities and manage licenses granted under the Act, this data will be stored and used in the following ways:

To inquire about the collection and use of your personal information, please contact the ServiceOntario call center at:

  • Please dial 1-866-767-7454 toll-free.
  • GTA: 416-212-1650
  • 416-212-6319

By mail:

The ServiceOntario Office of Occupational Licensing

P O  Box 4500

Kingston ON 
K7L 0E1

Contact us

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EST): [email protected] m to 5 p m :

Accessed: 5 January 2023
With a date of Publication: December 7th, 2015
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