Private Security Agency Licence (PSARA)

We will extend our support in Documentation, Preparation, filing and subsequent Follow-up for the License to start private security agency in India. The Licence under PSARA is a mandatory requirement for an agency to deploy security guards and engage in Security related services.

PSARA License is a prerequisite before any person starts a private security business in India. The Private Security Agency means an entity which involves in the business of providing Security Guards and other related services at an establishment as an alternate to the police. The operation of the private security agencies are governed by The Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, 2005, popularly known as PSARA.

After the enactment of the PSARA (act), it is mandatory for an security agency to obtain Licence from the State Controlling Authority Concerned prior to commencing the business and in case of non compliance the law provides for stringent penal consequences. The application for license to start a private security agency is made to the competent authority if the state. The PSARA License is issued to operate in one or more district of a particular state or for the entire state.


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Eligibility For Applying For PSARA License

Who can apply for PSARA

An Individual, Partnership Firm, LLP , One Person Company (OPC) or a Private Limited Company company can make the application for PSARA Licence/ Registration to the Competent Authority of the concerned state.

Name & Object of Applicant

The name of the entity should contain the word Security Services or Related terms which represent the object of the applicant. In the case of a Company, the MOA must contain Providing of Security services as one of the Main Objects.

Eligibility of Director / Principal Officer

For police verification of the applicant, they must be a Resident Indian, having sound financial standing (We need to submit a copy of ITR) and should have a clean antecedent and must not have been convicted of any offence.

MOU with Training Institute

The applicant for a PSARA Licence must enter into an MOU with training institute or an organisation as approved by the state controlling authority to impart training to the security guards. There is relaxation to the training requirements for ex-servicemen.

National Interest Clause

The PSARA Licence cannot be granted to a person if it is found to keeping Links with organisation or association, banned under any law or by a government order to protect National Security, Public Order, or to prevent any activity which is prejudicial to National Security.

Restriction of Foreign Investment

Section 6(2) of The Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, lays out that the PSARA Licence shall not be issued if it is not registered in India, or having a proprietor or a majority shareholder, partner or director, who is not a citizen of India. See FAQ for Detail.

Documents Required for PSARA License

  • Certificate of Incorporation & MOA
  • Proof of Registered Office
  • Signed MOA with Training Institute
  • Documents of Security Guards
  • Two Photographs of Promoters
  • PAN Card of Each Promoter
  • Identity & Address Proof of directors
  • ITR Copy of each director

Procedure for Grant of PSARA License

  • Qualifying Documents

    The first step to apply for a PSARA Licence is to gather all necessary registrations such as Pan Card, TAN Number, GST, PF, ESI, Registration of establishment under Shops & Establishment Act, ITR of every director, etc

  • MOU With a Training Institute

    The applicant to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a recognised training institute for training its guards and supervisors. Every state has recognised various security training institutes for this purpose.

  • Police Verification

    An application for police verification is filed in Form -I by the applicant, and in case the applicant is a firm, company or any other association of person, separate verification form shall be filed for every, partner or directors.

  • Application Filing

    The psara application is filed before the controlling authority of PSARA, which is then processed for verification. After receipt of the NOC from the concerned Police authorities, controlling authority may either grants the Licence or rejects with a reason.

  • Time For Issue Of PSARA

    The total time to complete the process for grant of PSARA License is approximate of 60 days from the date of filing the PSARA application. An application for a Licence can be made for a district or five districts or a state. The application process is different for each state.

  • Conditions Of PSARA Licence

    The PSARA specifies the criteria, qualification, and disqualification for a security guard. and the applicant must engage supervisors to supervise the work of security guards. A person from the army, navy or air force with a minimum of three years of experience, must be given preference.

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