Security Guard

The Danish Police must approve personnel in authorised security companies. The security company must apply for approval for its personnel.

Central and West Jutland Police, Administrative Centre (PAC), handles all applications.

How to apply?

The procedure depends on whether you have been authorised as security guard before in an EU/EAA member state, or whether you intend to be authorised as security guard for the first time.

1. If you have not been authorised as security guard before:

You must:

  • have attained the age of 18,
  • have completed the adult vocational training programme (AMU) as security guard (basic guard training) or that part of the vocational education (EUD) as security guard, which gives qualifications corresponding to basic guard training,
  • not have been convicted of a criminal offense which involves an obvious risk of abuse of the duties as security guard, cf. the Danish Criminal Code section 78, subsection 2, and
  • not have exhibited such conduct, there is reason to believe that you will not perform the duties as security guard properly.

Adult vocational training programme (AMU) as security guard

The training programme as security guard lasts 30 days. Various training centres, across Denmark, carry out the training programme.

As short description in Danish of the training programme and a list of training courses on offer can be found here.


Your employer must apply digitally for your approval here (green button: ansøg om godkendelse af personale)

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • documentation of completion of the training programme as security guard,
  • a representational photograph of you, and
  • your consent form (it is found on the above mentioned application website)

Your employer needs a Danish NemID digital certificate (business or employee NemID) to apply digitally.

If your employer is not able to apply digitally, the employer must contact PAC. PAC will then make arrangements with your employer as to how the application can be submitted.

2. If you have already been authorised as security guard in another EU/EEA member state:

Directive No. 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications apply to cases concerning authorisation of security guards.

An applicant may be approved if the person in question proves to have vocational qualifications which may be recognised in accordance with the Directive, and if the person meets the remaining requirements.

Applications concerning Directive No. 2005/36/EC are also handled by PAC. Your employer  must send full documentation of your education and approval in your home country as well as a copy of your criminal record and a photograph and consent form as mentioned above.

Temporary or occasional pursuit

The same requirements apply for both temporary and permanent service providers.

Establishing a business

The same requirements apply for both temporary and permanent service providers.

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

The same requirements apply as for EU citizens and businesses.


The fee is DKK 300.

If your employer applies digitally the fee is paid via the application site using an electronic payment system. The payment system accepts all major credit cards.   

If your employer is unable to apply digitally, PAC will arrange with your employer as to how payment should happen.

When can I expect an answer?

The decision on whether or not to issue an approval will be made as soon as possible after all necessary documents have been received. Normally you can expect to receive a decision from PAC within two to four months.

In case of rejection

If PAC decides to reject your application for approval, you will receive a reasoned decision. If you disagree with the decision to refuse your application, you have the right to appeal.

The appeal should be submitted to PAC, which will forward the appeal to the Danish National Police who handles appeals about refusal of approval. See contact details below.

Who to contact for questions?

If you have questions regarding your application or regarding the requirements please contact:

Central and West Jutland Police
Administrative Centre
Att.: Authorisations & Appropriations
PO Box 1088
DK-2500 Holstebro
Tel.: +45 7020 1474
E-mail: If you want to contact PAC via e-mail, you will have to send an e-mail through – log on with Nem-id.

If needed it is possible to submit your application and documentation through a secure connection using digital signature and encryption. A guide for use in establishing the secure connection is available here

Public registers and databases

There is no public register of approved security guards.

If you wish more information about the sector, these private organisations could be relevant for you:

SikkerhedsBranchen – The Danish Trade Organization for Safety and Security, Jernholmen 12, DK-2650 Hvidovre, Denmark,

VSL – The National Association of Security Guards, Upsalagade 20, 2. tv., DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark,

Legal basis in Danish law

Consolidated Act No. 112 of 11/01/2016 on Security Services.

Ministerial Order No. 1408 of 4/12/2017 on Security Services with subsequent ammendments.

Legal basis in EU directive(s) on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications

2005/36/EC, Title III, Chapter I (General system for the recognition of evidence of training)