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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

Security Guard Licensing

Combined Licensing

Forms

Current Licensees

  • Search licensees by selecting the license type for private investigators or security guards.
  • Search the WV Code Chapter 30 Article 18.