Private Security Services Act 2004

Identity badges.


30.—(1) An individual who is a member of a prescribed category of licensees shall, when providing a security service, wear an identity badge.

(2) An individual shall not—

(i) wear an identity badge relating to another individual, or

(ii) with intent to deceive, make or use a badge purporting to be an identity badge, alter an identity badge or use an altered identity badge.

(3) An individual who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

(4) It is a defence in proceedings for an offence under subsection (1) for the defendant to prove that he or she had a reasonable excuse for not complying with the subsection concerned.

(5) In this section—

“identity badge” means a badge—

(a) which clearly indicates the licence number of the licensee concerned,

(b) whose form, content and size are as prescribed for identity badges to be worn by members of the prescribed category of licensees concerned, and

(c) which, when worn, is clearly visible;

“prescribed category” means a category prescribed for the purposes of this section.


Editorial Notes:


A fine of €3,000 translates into a class B fine, not greater than €4,000, as provided (4.01.2011) by Fines Act 2010 (8/2010), ss. 3, 5(2) and table ref. no. 1, S.I. No. 662 of 2010.


Power pursuant to section exercised (1.09.2009) by Private Security (Identity Badge) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 332 of 2009), in effect as per reg. 2.