All Queensland security providers must hold a Queensland licence. However, if you hold a current licence issued in another state, or New Zealand, you can apply for mutual recognition for the equivalent licence.
While we process your application, you may perform the functions of a security provider equivalent to your interstate licence. Your interstate licence must remain current and you must show it to an inspector if asked.
Note: Security firms are not eligible for mutual recognition.
Applying for mutual recognition
Complete Mutual Recognition Form 3-1 - Application for a security provider class 1 individual licence (PDF, 237 KB) to apply for a licence as a:
- private investigator
- crowd controller
- cash transit security officer
- unarmed security officer
- monitoring security officer
- dog patrol security officer.
Complete Mutual Recognition Form 3-2 - Application for a security provider class 2 individual licence (PDF, 482 KB) to apply for a licence as a:
- security adviser
- security equipment installer.
All security providers must be fingerprinted by the Queensland Police Service.
You will still be required to have your fingerprints taken in Queensland, even if you are applying through mutual recognition and you have already had your fingerprints taken during the security licensing process of another state or territory.
This is to confirm your identity and match your fingerprints with the 100 points of identity that you supply during your licence application.
After you've lodged your application, you will receive a letter from us that details the process for having your fingerprints taken.
Last reviewed 01/07/2011