This article explains how to get a private investigator’s license in South Carolina. In addition, it includes information on investigation industry associations in the state. Also, it provides recommendations for training and education, as well as contact information for existing agencies in the state.
South Carolina Private Investigator Licensing Requirements
State Licensing Authority
Private Investigator licensing in the state of South Carolina is handled by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). 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.
South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division
SLED Headquarters is located at:
4400 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
The public may reach SLED through telephone number (803) 737-9000 or through a mailing address of:
Post Office Box 21398
Columbia, SC 29221
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. Applicants for private investigative business licenses or registrations will be ineligible for licensing/registration if any of the following apply:
- Not a United States citizen
- Under 18 years of age
- Any discharge from military service that is other than honorable
- Currently holding any other position that would constitute dual-office holding and/or a conflict of interest, such as Actively commissioned law enforcement officers, Coroners, Jailers or detention officers, Probation or Parole Officers, Reserve officers, State Constables, Federal officers, investigators, or inspectors (including military
- Conviction of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude
- Has a criminal charge pending that, if convicted, would prohibit an individual from being licensed or registered
- The applicant fails to meet any other criteria outlined in S.C. Private Investigative or Contract Security Agencies Act, or falsifies the application for a license and/or registration
- Please visit the website for a complete list of requirements and to learn the steps involved in the application process.
Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for more information or buy the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook.
South Carolina Private Investigator Associations
South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators (SCALI) – 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 associate members.
Find a Job as a Detective
Once you have a license, you’re ready to find a job as a private investigator. Use our list of private investigation agencies in South Carolina as a starting point. Contact all of the agencies in your area and ask about job openings.
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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