If you’re a person offering private security services in South Africa and wish to register with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, it is important to know the PSiRA registration requirements for individual applications.
PSiRA is the official body mandated to regulate the private security industry in the country. It ensures that all private security providers act in the public and national interest.
PSiRA registration requirements for individual
According to the official website and application page, the PSiRA registration requirements for individual applications are as follows:
- Applicant must be a citizen of or has permanent resident status in South Africa;
- Applicant is at least 18 years of age;
- Applicant has complied with the relevant training requirements prescribed for registration as a security service provider;
- Applicant was not found guilty of an offence specified in the Schedule within a period of 10 years immediately before the submission of the application to the Authority;
- Applicant was not found guilty of improper conduct in terms of the Private Security Industry Regulation Act, 2001 within a period of five years immediately before the submission of the application to the Authority;
- Applicant must submit a prescribed clearance certificate, together with such other information as the Authority may reasonably require, if the applicant is a former member of any official military, security, police or intelligence force or service in South Africa or elsewhere;
- Applicant must be mentally sound;
- Applicant is not currently employed in the public service in circumstances where such registration may conflict with a legislative provision applicable to the applicant;
- Applicant has paid the relevant application fee; and
- Applicant is not a person referred to in subsection (5) (a person in the permanent employ of the Service, the Directorate of Special Operations, the National Intelligence Agency, the South African Secret Service, the South African National Defence Force or the Department of Correctional Services may not be registered as a security service provider whilst so employed).
You can find the list of offences specified in the Schedule on the last page of the PSiRA Act.
In addition to the above requirements, you also need to provide certified copies of your ID and training certificates, two colour ID photos, proof of residence, set of fingerprints, and pay a registration fee of R230.
“Kindly note that you should also bring the original for both training certificates and your green bar-coded identity book [or ID card] when coming to register,” the Authority advises on its website.
Online PSiRA registration portal login
To begin your individual application online, visit the PSiRA registration portal and click on the “Security Officer” tab. You can then claim your profile, login or register a new profile.
Next, click “Yes – I meet the requirements” to start the process. You will need to provide details such as your name and surname, date of birth, ID type and number, cellphone number, and email address.
Individual PSiRA registration form
The individual PSiRA registration form is available for PDF download on the Authority’s website. It is six pages long and includes a section for fingerprints as obtained from the South African Police Service (SAPS).
PSiRA verification online
To perform a PSiRA verification online or a registration check, visit http://www.psira.co.za and navigate to “Online Service” (visible on the right side when using a desktop/laptop computer). Under this section, click “Individual Verification” or “Business Verification.”
For individuals, you will need to provide the App number, PSiRA number and ID number. For Business, provide the PSiRA number and company number.
PSiRA WhatsApp number
According to a Twitter update in January 2022, the PSiRA WhatsApp number is 012 003 0700.