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 Applying for Combined Firm Private Investigation and Security Guard License

An individual who is qualified for a private investigator license is automatically qualified for a security guard license. That qualifying agent can therefore apply for a combined private investigative and security guard firm. Follow these steps:


  1. Complete the application steps set out in "Applying for a Private Investigative Firm License".  All of the required documentation for the qualifying agent is the same as for an individual private investigator license. A person who is qualified only as a security guard cannot serve as the qualifying agent for a combined investigative and guard firm license. See Step #3 below for the correct fees. 
  2. Specify in a cover letter that you are applying for a combined private investigative and security guard firm license.

  3. Pay the appropriate fee, depending on whether your firm is a West Virginia company or an out-of-state company.

            West Virginia Company:

            $ 200 Private investigative firm license

            $ 200 Security guard firm license

            $ 50 Non-refundable processing fee

            $ 450 Total fee for combined firm licenses


            Out-of-State Company:

            $ 500 Private investigative firm license

            $ 500 Security guard firm license

            $ 50 Non-refundable processing fee

            $1,050 Total fee for combined firm licenses