Published: 29 August 2013
Q: I am an SIA registered door supervisor and have been told that I do not need to wear and display my actual licence and can instead display a photocopy.
A: You must wear the actual licence. It is a condition of the licence that a front line holder must wear their licence where it can be seen at all times when engaged in a licensable activity. Some people wear a photocopy of the licence because they wish to protect the original from any damage or they are worried about the costs involved in obtaining a replacement if it is lost. The Security Industry Authority do not usually charge for a replacement licence unless the person makes habitual requests for replacement. Some supervisors believe they cannot work until they obtain a replacement, this also is incorrect. If you are waiting for a replacement, print out your entry on the SIA register and as long as you have other photographic ID you may continue to work. The register provides proof that you are licensed and the photo ID proves the name on the register is you. Enforcement officers from the SIA, police and local licensing authority enforcement partners will accept the explanation you give if supported by the documents identified
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