How To Get a Private Investigator License in Georgia


Georgia Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

The Georgia State Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies handles Private Investigator licensing in Georgia. The Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies was created to safeguard the citizens of this state by regulating 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 must 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 rules. 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 for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance, fees, and special licensing requirements.

  • Licenses in Georgia are issued only to companies. The company license holder must be an individual, the owner, a partner, or an officer of the corporation or LLC qualified by experience or education.
  • Two years of experience is required 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 meet the board’s minimum requirements.

Other Requirements

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

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Georgia Private Investigator Associations

Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators – The Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators was 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.

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.


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  1. I have been licensed as a Private Investigator in Pennsylvania until Sept. 2019. Moved to Chattanooga in 2020 and would like to be licensed in Georgia. How would I qualify?

  2. 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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