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Changing Information for Private Investigator or Security Guard

It is very important to keep your private investigator and/or security guard licensing information up to date. If you fail to report a new employee or register a trade name (dba), a complaint against you could result in official action.

Legal Name

Notify the Secretary of State by letter if your legal name changes by marriage or otherwise.

Business Name and Trade Name (DBA)

If you change the business name under which you operate or add a trade name (dba), business filings are required. It is illegal to operate under a trade name which is not registered.

  • A sole proprietorship or general partnership must register the name change or new trade name with the State Tax Department. The trade name (dba) must also be registered with the Secretary of State by filing a Trade Name Registration (form TN-1). There is no fee to file the trade name with Secretary of State.
  • A corporation, LLC, LP, LLP or voluntary association must file an amendment to change the business name, and must register a new trade name. Both may be filed online at the One Stop Business Portal. Standard filing fees apply.

Take care of the business filings first, then report the change to the Secretary of State's licensing division.

Contact Information

Notify the Secretary of State by letter if your contact address or telephone number changes. Also, if your firm opens additional offices in the state, report those new locations.

Firm Employees

Report all new investigative or guard employees to the Secretary of State by letter or file the standard form. Report all persons leaving the firm for your own protection.


If we may be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us:  304.558.8000   toll free 866.767.8683  email:   InvestigationSupport@wvsos.gov

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