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 Private Investigator & Security Guard Licensing

Any person or group of people who perform investigative or security guard functions in West Virginia are required to be licensed, unless one of the exemptions specified by law applies.   To understand whether licensing requirements apply, see exemptions under each license type.

Several types of licenses are issued, and the requirements are slightly different for each one.

To report problems related to either Private Investigators or Security Guards, please use the Complaint Form.

Private Investigator Licensing

Eligibility Requirements for Licensing
Exemptions for Private Investigators
Applying for a New Individual Private Investigator License
Applying for a Private Investigation Firm license
Renewing an Individual License
Renewing a Firm License
Changing Information

Security Guard Licensing

Eligibility Requirements for Licensing
Exemptions for Security Guards
Applying for an Individual Security Guard License
Applying for a Security Guard Firm License
Renewing an Individual License
Renewing a Firm License
Changing Information

Combined Licensing

Eligibility Requirements for Licensing
Applying for a Combined Individual and Firm Private Investigator License
Applying for a Combined Individual and Firm Security Guard License
Applying for a Combined Individual Private Investigation and Security Guard License
Applying for a Combined Firm Private Investigation and Security Guard License
Renewing a Combined License
Changing Information

Forms
New Application
Renewal

Current Licensees
Search licensees by selecting the license type for private investigators or security guards.

Search the WV Code Chapter 30 Article 18.