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 a 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.
Licensing Authority Contact Information
Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
General Licensing Requirements
The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website listed above for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance requirements, fees, and any special licensing requirements.
- Licenses in Georgia are issued only to companies. The holder of the company license must be an individual, the owner, a partner, or an officer of the corporation or LLC, who is qualified by experience or education
- Two years of experience is required – either in law enforcement or as a registered private detective employed by a licensed private detective company. The education required is a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice or a related field of study
- To be employed as an investigator with a licensed company, you must be at least 18 years of age and must meet the minimum requirements established by the Board
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.
For information on licensing requirements in every state, check out the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook (eBook).
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 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.
Find a Job
When you’re ready to start looking for a job, use our list of existing private investigation agencies in Georgia. Contact each agency and ask if they are hiring now, or in the future.
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.
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