Security & Firearms Licensing Unit
The Security and Firearms Licensing Unit is located within the RCIPS Business Center in Windjammer Plaza on Walkers Road, and processes all applications for firearms and security licenses in the Cayman Islands, in accordance with relevant legislation.
Under the law, a firearm can only be legally owned on Grand Cayman with the express consent of the Commissioner of Police, and on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman with the express consent of the District Commissioner, after a thorough application and vetting process. Among other qualifications, applicants must not have a criminal record, and must demonstrate that they are qualified to operate the firearm they intend to have in their possession. A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about this process is provided on this website with the objective of providing applicants full information about the requirements and restrictions of firearm ownership. Firearms licenses must be renewed every three years.
Similarly, applications for both individual security guard licenses and business licenses for security companies are also processed through this Unit. Those seeking to operate as security guards in the Cayman Islands must not have a criminal record and a must produce proof of security, police or military experience or training. These applications are available now on this website on our Forms page.
In addition to its licensing functions, the Unit also has authority to enforce the terms of the licenses it issues. Licensed firearms holders are required to maintain their weapons in gun safes bolted into the floor where they are kept, and officers with the Unit have the authority to inspect these at any time. Likewise, security guards must always hold an active license, and can be asked at any time by a police officer to produce proof of this license.
The Unit is staffed by an inspector, a sergeant and two constables, whose duties are divided between that of the CRO and the Unit. Their goal is to ensure the efficiency and fairness in the processing of these licenses, and they urge those who wish to obtain a license to be educated about the qualifications.