How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Georgia

Get a Private Investigator License
Download and complete the necessary forms from the state licensing website.

Georgia Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private Investigator licensing in the state of Georgia is handled by the Georgia State Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies. The Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies was created for the purpose of safeguarding the citizens of this state by regulation of the private detective and security businesses. The regulation of such business is declared to be in the public interest.

Private detective businesses and security companies in Georgia are required to have a company license issued by the Board. The private detective employee, armed or unarmed, must be registered as an employee with the private detective company. Armed security guards must also be registered with a security company.

Unarmed security guards are not required to be registered but must have completed the minimum number of training requirements set by board rule. The Board also licenses training instructors to regulate all training requirements for licensure, registration, and weapon permits required by the law.

Other Requirements

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

Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook (eBook), available at

Georgia Private Investigator Associations

Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators – The Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators is an association created to help educate members, enforce the P.I. code of ethics, and to establish trust among members and other investigative agencies in Georgia and the United States of America. GAPPI also educates members regarding legislative issues that directly affect the investigative industry.

Hire a Private Detective in Georgia

Hire a Private Detective in Georgia  – To hire a private investigator in Georgia, please visit our worldwide directory of investigation agencies. Our directory may also help you find an agency to sponsor your training and certification efforts, and help you comply with state licensing requirements.

Additional Information

Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a professional degree program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigative knowledge necessary to get licensed and begin your career.


  1. Thanks for the helpful list. I’m trying to get licensed to become a private eye and this information has been very helpful.


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