PSIRA registration

Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) is a statutory body that was established in terms of the Private Security Industry Regulation Act, No. 56 of 2001. The primary objective of PSIRA is to regulate and control the private security industry in South Africa.

Any person, business, or organization that provides private security services in South Africa must be registered with PSIRA. Failure to register can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment or fines. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about PSIRA registration.

Who Needs to Register with PSIRA?

According to the Private Security Industry Regulation Act, anyone who is engaged in the following security services must register with PSIRA:

  • Guarding services
  • Private investigations
  • Armed response
  • Cash in transit
  • Alarm monitoring
  • Close protection
  • Security system installation and maintenance
  • Event security

If you provide any of the above security services in South Africa, you must register with PSIRA before you can start operating.

How to Register with PSIRA

To register with PSIRA, you will need to follow the following steps:

Step 1: Obtain a PSIRA Application Form

You can download the application form from the PSIRA website or visit one of their offices to collect the form in person. The application form requires you to provide personal and business details.

Step 2: Complete the Application Form

Fill out the application form with accurate and complete information. Make sure that you have all the necessary supporting documents, such as a certified copy of your ID, tax clearance certificate, and proof of business registration.

Step 3: Submit the Application Form

Submit your completed application form and supporting documents to the nearest PSIRA office. Make sure that you have paid the required registration fee.

Step 4: Wait for the Outcome

After submitting your application form, PSIRA will conduct a background check to determine whether you meet the registration requirements. If everything is in order, you will receive your PSIRA registration certificate within a few weeks.

Renewing Your PSIRA Registration

PSIRA registration is valid for three years. To continue operating as a private security service provider, you must renew your registration before it expires. Failure to renew your registration on time can result in fines or imprisonment.

To renew your registration, you will need to follow the same steps as when registering for the first time. Make sure that you submit your renewal application before the expiry date of your current registration.


PSIRA registration is a legal requirement for anyone who provides private security services in South Africa. Failure to register can result in severe penalties. It is essential to ensure that you follow the registration process and submit all the necessary documents to avoid any delays in your registration. Once you are registered, make sure that you renew your registration before it expires to continue operating legally in the private security industry.