It is a condition of the licence that a front line licence holder must “wear the licence where it can be seen at all times when engaging in any licensable conduct” unless they have reported it lost or stolen, or it is in our possession.

Some people think that they can wear the licence back-to-front, so that their name and photograph are not on display. This is a breach of licence conditions and an offence under section 9 (4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

This is because the words ‘the licence’ have a specific legal meaning in this context. The front line licence is described in Schedule 2 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (licences) Regulations 2007. This shows the part of the card displaying the licence number, photograph, name, licensed sector, and expiry date. Where our licence condition says “wear the licence where it can be seen”, the legal definition of the words cause it to mean “wear the front of the licence where it can be seen”.

The purpose of the licence card is to provide assurance to the public that the person in front of them has been properly checked and vetted. This requires members of the public to be able to see that the person they are speaking to is in fact the person we have licensed. Hiding the front of the licence is clearly at odds with this.

Read more about our licensing conditions online