Private Security Company License and Registration

The private security guard companies are supervised by the Nigerian Security and the Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC). The procedure for how to register a security guard company in Nigeria must be commenced with the registration of a private limited liability company.

Most individuals and corporate organizations now require the services of private security companies in addition to the public security services provided by the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Security and the Civil Defense Corps.

Private security companies are non- governmental owned companies which provide security and protection to individuals and organizations who employ their services.

Two Important Steps for Setting Up Private Security Companies in Nigeria:

  1. To commence a private security company in Nigeria, a company with a minimum of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira) authorized share capital must be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  2. The NSCDC is charged with the responsibility of licensing, monitoring and the supervision of private securities companies in Nigeria according to Section 3 of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp Act No. 2 of 2003.

Requirements for the registration of a private security company with the CAC:

  • The proposed name of the private security company (2 names must be submitted)
  • The address of the private security company
  • The objectives of the private security company.
  • Particulars of the 2 directors and shareholders of the company ( this include copies of their identification card, which could be National passport/National Identity card/Driver’s license or voters card)
  • Phone numbers, email address and residential address of the 2 directors and shareholders.

Requirements for obtaining a Private Security License from NSCDC:

  • Application for private guard license addressed to the Commandant General
  • Evidence of company registration with a minimum of N10,000,000 authorized share capital and a minimum of 3 directors. One of the directors must be a retired military officer.
  • CTC of Memorandum and Article of Association (2 copies)
  • Photocopies of certificates of incorporation (2 copies)
  • Payment of prescribed fees
  • Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Statement of account
  • Letter from a legal adviser
  • Letter from an auditor
  • Proposed training program
  • Proposed salary structure
  • Veterinary certificate (optional)
  • Personal History Statement (PHS) forms at One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) only. All directors must obtain one.
  • Credentials of directors (2 copies) to be attached with PHS form.
  • Letter from bankers
  • Eight (8) passport photographs for each of the Directors
  • Eight (8) full photographs (postcard 5 x7 inches) of each of the Directors with a white background, with five fingers print and signature signed at the back of the postcard (photograph) in the presence of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Officers.
  • Photocopy of the signature page of the Directors in the international passport or National ID Card or Driver’s License and this should be stapled at the back cover of the file jacket.,
  • PHS form must be adequately filled by the Directors stating Nil or Not Applicable to portions they do not have answers to and no column should be left unfiled.
  • Attestation letters from referees for each Directors
  • One uniform sample with a photograph of a guard in Uniform (2 copies). All uniforms and accoutrement must not have the semblance of any government agency or similar to any other PGCs.
  • Application fee of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira)
  • Application fee of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira)
  • Licensing Category and Fees– there are two categories of license. separate licensing applicable for the categories are as follows:
  1. For category A, you can have more than 3,000 guards. But apart from the application, you shall also pay N3,000,000 (Three Million Naira) license fee
  2. For category B, you cannot have more than 3,000 guards. The license fee is the sum of N2,500,000 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira).

It is worthy of note to state that until a license is granted by the NSDC, a private security company cannot begin operations and before any license can be granted by the NSCDC, the company must first be registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission.

Furthermore, the minimum authorized share capital for a private security company/ consultant must not be less than N10 Million authorized share capital.


By Corporate & Commercial Law Team at Resolution Law Firm


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