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Approval as a temporary guard

  • Professional qualification
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

A temporary guard is a person who carries out guard duties for a maximum period of four months. Guard duties include, for example, guarding property, protecting a person, detecting and preventing crimes against the property or the client, bodyguard duties, transport of valuables, and dispatch duties performed from a unit maintained by a private security company. The police department grants temporary guard licences.

The licence period for a temporary guard is of a one-time nature and is not tied to the calendar year. If, after four months, the guard intends to continue working as a guard, he or she must complete the training required for a full guard licence.

Do the following

You can submit an application for the temporary guard licence through the police e-service. However, the applicant must visit a police department in person if this is necessary for a specific reason. The application can also be made in person at a police station or at a police service point.

The following must be attached to the application:

• A report (copy of the certificate) on the satisfactory completion of temporary guard training (a minimum of 40 lessons) ◦ Temporary guard training confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior – Basics of guard work (a minimum of 40 lessons) – shall be deemed equivalent to the training courses specified above

• A photograph of the applicant meeting the requirements of the provisions of the Passports Act

The police department may ask the applicant to present additional documentation related to the approval.

More information on how to apply for a temporary guard licence is available on the police website.

To whom and on what terms

A temporary guard licence may be granted to a person who is at least 18 but no more than 68 years old, honest and reliable, and otherwise suitable for the job.

A person who has successfully completed a temporary guard training (at least 40 hours) may on a one time basis be licensed as a temporary guard. However, a person applying for a temporary guard licence does not need to be working for a holder of a security sector business licence. Should the requirements be met, the licence must be granted to all applicants.

A fee is charged for the service.

The fee is based on a decree of the Ministry of the Interior on the payment for police services. The decree is periodically updated.


Period of validity

Temporary guard licences are granted for a maximum period of four months.

Basic information

The service is provided byPoliisi
Responsible for the servicePoliisi
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Poliisi
Updated: 6/17/2020