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Private security (PSARA) license is required for private security agencies who provide security services under the PSARA  Act, 2005.

Private Security agencies who provide security services including training of security guards need to be registered under the Private security agencies regulation act, 2005 (PSARA).

In 2005, the Parliament took note of the growth of private security agencies and enacted the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005 in an effort to regulate the functioning of the same. No person can now operate a security agency without obtaining a license for the same, and a contravention of this stipulation entails a period of imprisonment for up to a year or a fine up to 25,000 rupees, or both. Even if an individual wishes to provide such services abroad, it must do so with the permission of the Controlling Authority, which would look for the Central Government's approval in such cases.

While the Parliament expressed appreciation of such businesses, it also highlighted the issues in their governance – faulty background checks, use of uniforms closely relating to the military, naval, air force or police uniforms, etc., Furthermore, the existence of Multinational security agencies, in the opinion of the Legislature, would need safeguards, which it put in the PSARA.

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Section 4 of the PSARA Act, 2005 explicitly states that no persons shall engage in the private security agency sector without obtaining a license for the same.

Section 20(1) describes the penalties for violation of Section 4, which are –

  • Period of imprisonment up to 1 year.

  • Fine up to Rupees 25,000/-.

  • Or both.

Thus, a license under the PSARA Act is absolutely necessary for persons carrying out/intending to carry out business in the Private Security Agency sector.

Documents Required For PSARA License Registration

In order to obtain a license under the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, 2005, the following documents must be submitted,

  • Application in form

  • Affidavit as per the PSARA Act, outlining –

    • That the person applying is not disqualified under the provisions of Section 6 of the Act.

    • That training will be made available for private security guards, as required under Section 9(2) of the Act.

    • That the conditions under Section 11 of the Act are met.

    • That there are no cases registered with the police against the applicant.

  • Ownership proof for the principal place of business.

  • Logo of the security agency.

  • Identity cards for all employees.

  • Detailed armed licenses.

  • Character verification certificate of the employees.

  • Uniform pattern of the Agency.

  • Certificate of Incorporation, MOA/AOA or Partnership Deed.

The precondition for PSARA License Registration

Before applying for the PSARA license, the following documentation needs to be done:

  • Allotment of PAN.

  • GST Registration.

  • PF Registration.

  • ESI Registration.

  • Shop & Establishment Registration.

  • Registration under Contractual Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act.

Registration Process

Registration Process of PSARA License

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Step 1

Document Preparation – eStartIndia will prepare your application for PSARA License according to details provided by you along with the collection of required documents

Step 2

Application submission – eStartIndia will prepare the affidavit in the required format and submit your application for processing along with the necessary documents.

Step 3

Once the application is approved and a license is granted by the authority, eStartIndia will share the License with you.



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What are the disqualifications for an application?/ Who cannot apply for a license under the PSARA?

Section 6 deals with the disqualifications of an applicant. Applicants cannot obtain licenses, if –

  • They have been convicted for an offense in connection with the promotion, formation or management of a company;
  • They have been convicted by a competent court for an offense the prescribed punishment of which is not less than two years;
  • They have links with an organization or association which is banned by any law on account of their activities against public order or national security;
  • They have been dismissed or removed from Government service on grounds of misconduct or moral turpitude;
  • The Company has not been registered in India;
  • The Proprietor of the Company is not Indian;
  • The Majority shareholding is not held by an Indian.
Can an Indian run a security agency abroad without attracting the provisions of the PSARA Act?

No. Section 4 provides that in case an agency wishes to provide security services abroad, it must first obtain permission from the Controlling Authority, which shall consult the Central Government before deciding the same.

Who is the Controlling Authority for the PSARA?

Every State Government designates an officer of the Joint Secretary Rank in the Home Department or an equivalent officer to serve as the Controlling Authority under the PSARA.

What is a Private Security Company?

A Private Security Agency is a person, or group of people who are separate from the Government and engaged in the business of providing private security services, including the training of guards/supervisors or providing guards/supervisors to other business undertakings.

What are the fees for obtaining a private security license?

 Section 7(3) outlines the fees to be paid for an application for a license,

  • If the PSA operates in only one district of the State, the fees are Rupees 5000;
  • If the PSA operates in more than one but up to five districts, then the fees are Rupees 10,000;
  • If it operating in the whole state, then the fees are Rupees 25,000;
Is there any time stipulation on the Controlling Authority to grant license?

Section 7(4) obliges the Controlling Authority to respond to an application (that is either grant or refuse to grant the license) within 60 days from the date of receipt of complete application.

What is the validity of a private security license?

A license stays valid for a period of five years unless canceled earlier.

What are the grounds of cancellation of a license?

Section 13 of the PSARA provides the grounds of cancellation of a license, which are –

  • A license was obtained through misrepresentation/suppression of material facts;
  • A license was obtained through the use of false documents/photographs;
  • License-holder has violated the provisions of PSARA or the conditions by which the license was given;
  • License-holder misused information obtained during the discharge of the agency’s duties in providing security;
  • License-holder misrepresented that it is an instrumentality of the Government;
  • License-holder impersonated, or abetted impersonation of a Government Servant;
  • The Private Security Agency has failed to operate post one year of grant of license;
  • License holder failed to render services agreed to another person;
  • License Holder has done, or lent assistance in doing, something in contravention of a Court order;
  • There have been repeated instances where the guards employed by the Private Security Agency were –
    • Guilty of gross negligence;
    • Committed breach of trust or misappropriation of property they were supposed to protect;
    • Were found drunk/undisciplined;
    • Were guilty of crimes;
    • Had schemed against the property they were supposed to protect.
  • That the license holder or his Acts pose a threat to national security;

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