How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in South Carolina

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South Carolina Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private Investigator licensing in the state of South Carolina is handled by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division. Visit the website to access specific information such as licensing requirements, application forms, and the laws and regulations that apply to private investigators in South Carolina.

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

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South Carolina Private Investigator Associations

  • South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators – A non-profit professional association for licensed private detectives and professional investigators employed by law firms and public defenders. Students and individuals who study or work within the criminal justice system may join the association as an associate member.

Hire a Private Detective

  • Hire a Private Investigator in South Carolina – To hire a private eye in South Carolina, 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.


  1. I’m Retired Military Police Investigator (v5). Graduate of FLETC. Is it possible that I could be qualified to become a Private Investigator.

    • Absolutely. Just visit the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division at the link listed above to learn more about the requirements, fees and forms required to apply.


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