How to get PSARA license in India?

Last Updated at: Oct 06, 2020
How to get PSARA license in India?
The Ministry of Home Affairs, in an official notification in April 2020, exempted a few essential services from lockdown restrictions. The services provided by private security agencies were also included in the essential services category, provided they had a valid PSARA license. 


In its official notification in April, 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) exempted a few essential services from the lockdown restrictions. The services provided by private security agencies with PSARA license were also included into the essential services category. 


The Union home ministry launched a single-window system for issuing licences to private security agencies. Now, operators will no longer need to sweat out in the states to seek security clearances and other controlling authority nods. They can just apply online with information and documents sought.


PSARA License Security has been established to ensure credibility among consultancy services and new business ventures who provide security services to various industries. As per this act, people planning to open their own security firm have to apply as per the regulations of the PSARA license before starting its operation.

All such security agencies who work in India are regulated by the PSARA Act 2005, and each state in India has their own PSARA Guideline which is based on the Central Act. Consequently, most states have their own set of rules regarding the opening of new private security agencies and the training of the personnel who work in such agencies. Such licenses are granted by the police and law and order authorities either at the district or state level. The application forms are now available on the PSARA website. This website also contains all the information regarding the starting of security agencies and hence has made access to such information more straightforward than ever before.  Let’s take a look at how to go about obtaining the license.

A private security agency varies according to the model of their business organisation, and this primarily depends on scale, finance and initial capital, liabilities and stock listing. The Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act 2005 is valid all over India except in Jammu & Kashmir and has been in existence since June 2005.

They may be of the following types:

  1. Sole proprietorship
  2. Partnership Firm
  3. Limited Liability Partnership
  4. Private  Limited
  5. NGO

After forming a company, the concerned parties can then file for a license under PSARA. The application has to be made to the Controlling Authority (C.A) of the respective state. Such authority may be either a department under the Home ministry or a separate entity of its own.

The PSA act as an extended arm of the Law and Order department of the state and function as a civil defence body of the state. Due to their importance within the state’s framework, they require a large number of registrations and applications for obtaining the license.

Click here to know more: What Is PSARA?

How To Get PSARA License In India?Documents or Details required for PSARA (Private Security Agencies Act)


  • Documents needed
  1. PAN
  2. GST forms
  3. ESI and EPF Account details
  4. Papers showing Registration of the company under Shops & Establishment Act
  5. Labour license
  6. MSME/SME Registrations
  7. Certificate of Security Training from SKSDC or DGR
  8. Proof of ownership of the place of business
  9. A LOGO for the agency
  10. Identity Card for the employees
  11. Associations with Controlling Authority nominated bodies
  12. Associations with Hospitals
  13. Details of all the employees
  14. Arm Licenses
  15. Character verification  of employees
  16. Training Certificate for employees

Uniform pattern including caps and badges with 4 postcard size photographs of the uniform

All Documents other than the affidavit must be attested by a public notary and the affidavit must be attested by an Executive Magistrate

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Govt Fee

  1. For 1 District: INR 5,000
  2. Between 2 to 5 Districts: INR 10,000
  3. Entire state: INR 25,000


Each PSA must also keep the following documents:-

  • Wages Slip
  • Register of Deductions
  • Register of Fines
  • Register of Advances
  • Employment Card
  • Register of Overtime

State Government

Each State Government has an official ranked either above or the same as Joint Secretary appointed as the Controlling Authority(CA) for the state. The CA has the right to issue, regulate, renew and cancel licenses of security agencies. A private agency, therefore, needs permission from the CA to function and provide security to the state. Also, the Act gives the State Government the power to bring to action rules governing the carrying out of the provisions of the Act.


  1. Only an agency or association of Indian origin can try for a license. Also, a majority of the shareholder must be Indian.
  2. The company must have a clean chit and should not have gotten booked by any court in the past. If it is in the name of an individual he or she must not have gotten imprisoned for longer than two years.
  3. The individual must not be the accused in any case related to the formation or management of a company.
  4. The individual must not have gotten dismissed from government service due to misconduct.
  5. The individual cannot have ties to any organisation that is banned or prohibited.
  6. No agency can provide security outside India without obtaining prior permission from the Controlling Authority, which in turn must consult the Central Government before handing out such consent.
  1. All agencies are also expected to prefer candidates who have served any one of these departments while recruiting guards:
  • Navy
  • Army
  • Air Force
  • Home Guards
  • Police

After receiving an application, the Controlling Authority will process it and either grant or refuse the license within sixty days. Once a permit has been issued, the agency can function using it for five years after which it can be for another five years by paying the required fees.

After obtaining the license, the company must begin working within six months of getting the permit and failure to do so might result in an investigation.

Eligibility for becoming a security guard

  1. Citizen of India
  2. Over eighteen years of age and below sixty-five years
  3. Non-objectionable character and antecedents
  4. Passed the security training successfully
  5. Fulfils physical standards
  6. Not convicted by a court
  7. Not dismissed for misconduct from any Government institution

With concerns about terrorism increasing exponentially, the demand for private security services is on the rise and the industry has grown to supply the services as required. As awareness increases on the side of both businesses and consumers alike, knowing how to start a security company proves to be a great business opportunity for entrepreneurs. However, doing so requires training and licensing, as well as a lot of paperwork; all of which has been covered above.

Also read: Why Do You Need PSARA License?