Any person or group of people performing investigative or security guard functions in West Virginia are required to apply for licensure, unless one of the exemptions specified by law applies. To determine whether licensing requirements apply, see “Exemptions” under each license type.
Several types of licenses are available, and the requirements are slightly different for each one. Carefully review the information below to determine the correct filing procedure.
To report problems related to either Private Investigators or Security Guards, please use the General Complaint Form.
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Additional Eligibility Requirements
Exemptions for Private Investigators
Applying for an Individual Private Investigator License
Applying for a Private Investigation Firm license
Renewing an Individual Private Investigator License
Renewing a Private Investigation Firm License
Exemptions for Security Guards
Applying for an Individual Security Guard License
Applying for a Security Guard Firm License
Renewing an Individual Security Guard License
Renewing a Security Guard Firm License
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
Contact the Licensing Division for further assistance regarding Private Investigator and/or Security Guard licensing.
If we may be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us: 304.558.8000 toll free 866.767.8683 email: InvestigationSupport@wvsos.gov