Additional Eligibility Requirements for Licensing

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:

  • Be of good moral character;

  • Have a minimum of one year experience, education, or training in any one of the following areas, or some combination thereof;

    • 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, a state or local law-enforcement agency, or service as a sheriff;
    • 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.); or
    • Any other substantially equivalent training or experience which would satisfy the two year requirement.
    • Military Service

  • Not have been convicted of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or for which dishonesty of character is a necessary element.

Security Guard

The applicant must have:

  • At least one year 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.

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