Security License

Ontario Security Guard License


Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

The Private Security and Investigative Services Act of Ontario requires all security guards to be licensed. Everyone looking for a job in security, including security guards, bodyguards, bouncers, and loss prevention personnel must apply for a license from the ministry. On April 15, 2010, the new security guard Training and Testing Regulation took effect. This Regulation helps strengthen the professional requirements for security guards and private investigators and enhance public safety.

How to Apply for a Security Licence

1. Successfully complete a ministry-approved 40 hour security training course
2. Write the security guard exam through a government recognized testing centre
3. Submit an application for an Ontario security guard license to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Security Licencing Guidelines

As of January 25, 2015, the cost to take each basic test is 66.50 plus HST, for a total of $75.15. Each time a candidate attempts the ministry test, they will be required to pay the full test fee. Candidates are only required to pass the test once in their lifetimes. Test hosting and invigilation services are provided by Serco DES Inc.
For further information about test delivery and how to register please visit Serco’s website at

Ministry Contact and Other Information

The Private Security and Investigative Services Branch

25 Grosvenor Street, 12th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1Y6

Telephone (Toronto area): 416-212-1650 toll free: 1-866-767-7454 fax: 416-326-0034

To view the act and/or its regulations in their entirety, please visit