How To Get a Private Investigator License in Ohio

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This article explains how to get a private investigator license in Ohio. The article provides contact information for the state licensing authority and links to important documents. In addition, it provides recommendations for joining a state private investigator association, where to find a job, and how to get training.

State Licensing Authority

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.

Licensing Authority 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
Website: http://pisgs.ohio.gov/

General Licensing Requirements

Visit the website at http://pisgs.ohio.gov/ 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: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText125/125_HB_230_EN_N.html

View the document Private Investigator Security Guard Services Laws and Rules document at http://pisgs.ohio.gov/ApplicationGuide.pdf. Also, refer to the License Reference Guide for more information about the licensing process at http://pisgs.ohio.gov/PISG_License_Reference.pdf.

Ohio Private Investigator Associations

One you obtain a license, we recommend that you join one of the following private investigator associations in the state:

  • 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.

List of Private Investigation Agencies in Ohio

If you’re ready to start searching for employment, visit Ohio Private Investigator Directory. Our directory has a list of existing private investigators and investigation agencies in the state of Ohio. Contact each agency to inquire about open positions.

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.

If you’re interested in learn about the licensing requirements in other states, Buy the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook (eBook), available at Amazon.com.

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