Virginia Private Investigator Licensing Requirements
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services – Private Security Section handles private investigator licensing in Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Private Security Services reviews and processes all applications for registration, certification, and licensure for individuals, businesses, and training schools that provide private security services.
The Virginia Private Security Services is also responsible for providing technical assistance and has statutory authority to act against private investigators to protect the public from unlicensed and unethical business practices.
Licensing Authority Contact Information
- Customer Service – 804-786-4700, 804-786-6344 (fax)
- Mailing Address – PO Box 1300, Richmond, VA 23218
- Physical Address – 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Please visit the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services website for more detailed information on licensing requirements, online forms, and contact information.
General Private Investigator Licensing Requirements
The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance, fees, and special licensing requirements.
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
- Successful completion of all initial training requirements for each registration category,
including firearms endorsement if applicable
- Be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States
Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for more information.
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Virginia Private Investigator Associations
Once you obtain a license, we recommend joining the Private Investigators Association of Virginia (PIAVA). The PIAVA is a professional association of detectives registered with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in Virginia.
Membership in the Association is also available to Private eyes licensed in states other than Virginia and to individuals who work in areas related to the private security industry. PIAVA is a network of private investigative personnel and security industry professionals. PIAVA members share information, resources, and business opportunities.
List of Investigation Agencies in Virginia
If you’re looking for a job, use our List of Private Investigators in Virginia as a starting point. Give each investigation agency a call and inquire about open positions and internships.
Training and Education
Virginia requires applicants to complete a 60-hour entry-level private investigator training course. Visit the state licensing website for more information.
Also, please view our list of Training Resources. This list provides information on degree and certification programs, training, and home study courses. Please note that these resources are general in nature and should be considered in addition to the training course the state requires.
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