When people successfully complete their SIA training, they can apply for a licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Until now, they have done this by posting documents and supplying a photograph. However, a new scheme has been launched to make this process easier and cheaper.
Under the scheme, for which the SIA has teamed up with the Post Office, applicants can now fill in their licence application on the SIA website. When they do this, they are told which identity and other documents to take to a participating Post Office to complete their applications.
Post Office staff members will then check and return the documents and take a digital photo of the applicants, along with an electronic version of their signature. They will also take payment of the application fee. The Post Office will not charge for this service.
Until early next year, this process will be available alongside existing methods of licence application. After this point, it will replace the paper application form.
Commenting on the development, Stephen McCormick from the SIA said: “We are really pleased to launch this new service with the Post Office; this is a crucial step as we move away from a paper based system. The face to face element of the new service will reduce errors, which can cause applications to be rejected, and will help to discourage fraud.”
Meanwhile, the Post Office’s Kevin Seller noted that the organisation is “excited to be introducing this service”.
The new system may be welcomed by those who are planning to take advantage of SIA courses.