Private Security Agencies are those organisations involved in providing security services including training of security guards.The operation of private security agencies are governed by The Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, 2005 in short called as‘PSARA’.No person or private security agency can commence a business or provide security guard without holding a license.

Prior Registrations Requirements and Document Requirements

Pre requisite for PSARA Application:

While filing the application for Private Security Agency Regulation Act, 2005, copies of registration certificate under various other Acts to be annexed with the application form.

  • Allotment of PAN
  • Registration with service tax department
  • Provident fund (PF) registration
  • Employees State Insurance(ESI) registration
  • Registration of establishment under Shops & Establishment
  • Registration under Contractual labour Act
  • With rising concerns about crime and terrorism, the demand for private security services is increasing steadily among the public to protect themselves against different types of crime. This has led to increase in Private Security Agencies. In order to safeguard against antisocial / anti national elements entering into this business of Private security service the government has regulated the formation and operation of these agencies through an act called Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, 2005 in short called as ‘PSARA’ as it is a matter of national security.
  • Security is a matter of concurrent list of Constitution thus the concerned state government in which private security agency is located and providing its services power to regulate their affairs and may formulate rules in respect of it.Thus the state government through controlling authority can formulate rule with regard to the conditions on which licence can be granted ,training specification , the process of verification of parenting training to the guards and supervisors etc.
  • The PSARA specifies that every security agency requires to engage supervisors to supervise the work of security guards.The security agency is required to provide the necessary training and skills to the supervisors.A person from army,navy or air force with minimum 3 years of experience ,have to be given a preference while engaging a supervisor.
  • The Act specifies the criteria , qualification and disqualification for a security guard.The Act specifies about the eyesight,health condition as well as about the uniform of the persons to be employed as security guard.
  • After getting an application the Controlling Authority makes such inquiries as it thinks necessary.Once the NOC is issued from the concerned Police authorities controlling authority may either grants the license or rejects with a reason.The total time period to complete the process 60 days from the date of making an application.Every private security agency shall have to commence its activities within six months of getting of license.
  • An application for license can be made for a district or for five districts or for a state.For different state the application process is different.The application fees is also varies with the licence area.
  • License is valid for five years and is to be renewed before expiry of validity period of licence.
  • It is highly advisable to avail the services of professionals to carry out the legal documentations,who using their professional expertise would ensure compliance of every aspect of the application and would also assist in getting the necessary tie ups.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is PSARA means?

Ans: PSARA means The Private Security Agency regulations Act.This Act deals with the control and regulation of private security agencies.

Q2. What are Private Security Agencies?

Ans: A person or body of persons other than Government agency department or organisation engaged in the business of providing private security services.

Q3. Who is a private security guard?

Ans: A person who provides private security to any other person or property with or without arms.

Q4. What should be the age of a security guard?

Ans: A person between the age of 18 to 65 only can be engaged as a security guard.

Q5.What are the duties of private security guards?

Ans: The duties of the security guard is:To provide private security to any other person or property or both.To assist police authority in any investigation process in any agency activity in which he was employed. To bring to notice about any violation of law to the supervisor.And not to share any information to any unknown person.