Licensing Requirements

How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Virginia

Virginia Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private Investigator licensing in Virginia is handled by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services – Private Security Section.

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Private Security Services reviews and processes all applications for registration, certification and licensure for individuals, businesses and training schools involved in providing private security services. The Virginia Private Security Services is also responsible for providing technical assistance and has statutory authority to proceed with enforcement action against private investigators  in an effort to protect the public from unlicensed and unethical business practiced.

Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required.  Check the state licensing website for more information.


Virginia Private Investigator Associations

  • Private Investigators Association of Virginia (PIAVA) - The Private Investigator’s Association of Virginia (PIAVA) is a professional association of Private Investigators who are registered with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in Virginia. Membership in the Association is also available to Private Investigators that are licensed in states other than Virginia; and to individuals who work in areas related to the private security industry. PIAVA is a network of private investigative personnel and security industry professionals. PIAVA members share information, resources and business opportunities.

Hire a Private Detective in Virginia

  • Hire a Private Detective in Virginia -  To hire a private investigator in Virginia, visit our directory of private eyes and private investigation agencies. Our directory may also help you find a private investigation agency to sponsor you as a beginning private investigator.

Additional Private Investigator Licensing Information

  • Private Investigator Training Resources - Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a private investigator degree program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the private investigation knowledge necessary to get licensed.



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