Additional Eligibility Requirements for Licensing

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In addition to the basic requirements for licensing specific training or experience is required for a person to be eligible for licensing as a security guard. In the case of a firm, the qualifying agent must meet the requirements below.

Private Investigator

The applicant must have:

  • A minimum of two years experience, education or training in any one of the following areas, or some combination which would total the two year requirement;
  • Course work that is relevant to the private investigation business, such as criminal justice, at an accredited college or university which issues a degree;
  • Employment as a member of any United States government investigative agency;
  • Employment as a member of a state or local law enforcement agency;
  • Employment by a licensed private investigation agency for the purpose of conducting the private investigation business;
  • Service as a magistrate in this State (Note: no person may be employed as a licensed private investigator while currently serving as magistrate.);
  • Service as a sheriff; or
  • Any other substantially equivalent training or experience which would satisfy the two year requirement.

Security Guard

The applicant must have:

  • One year of verified, full time employment conducting security guard business or conducting the private investigation business working for a licensed firm; or
  • One year of substantially equivalent training or experience

Contact the Licensing Division for further assistance regarding Private Investigator and/or Security Guard licensing.


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