How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Ohio

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Ohio Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private Investigator licensing in the state of Ohio is handled by the Ohio Department of Private Investigator and Security Guard Services. Visit the website for details on licensing requirements and to download the necessary forms and applications for becoming a private investigator in Ohio.

Contact Information

To contact the licensing authority, please use the following contact information:

Ohio Department of Private Investigator and Security Guard Services (PISGS)
PO Box 182001
Columbus, OH 43218-2001

Visit the website at for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance requirements, fees and any special licensing requirements. Also, view the state law that governs private investigators in the state:

General Requirements

View the document Private Investigator Security Guard Services Laws and Rules document at Also, refer to the License Reference Guide for more information about the licensing process at

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Ohio Private Investigator Associations

  • Ohio Association of Security & Investigative Services – Founded in 1947 and incorporated in 1954 as the Ohio Association of Private Detective Agencies, Inc., a not for profit corporation, OASIS serves Private Security and Investigation Professionals with news, information, and members’ contact information.
  • Ohio Investigator’s Association OIA) – Founded in 1992, the OIA is a professional organization of state investigators and compliance and law enforcement personnel dedicated to encouraging professionalism and cooperation between members and their agencies.

Hire a Private Detective

  • Ohio Private Investigator Directory – To hire a private eye, 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 obtaining a license in Wisconsin by completing a degree or certification program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigative knowledge necessary to get licensed.


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