50-State Security Licensing Compliance Guide
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Private Investigator Licensing in Alabama

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Private investigation licenses are typically issued for individuals and organizations conducting investigative services. This guide contains information about private investigator licensing in Alabama. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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Alabama Security Company Licenses

Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure (AESBL) Company License

Agency:Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Coverage of bodily injury or death and property damage with a limit of at least $250,000.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Company License Application

Agency Fee:

$150 application fee + $300 if a sole proprietorship or non-incorporated partnership or $400 if a corporation, LLC, or LP.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Company License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$300 if a sole proprietorship or non-incorporated partnership or $400 if a corporation, LLC, or LP

Due:
  • Biennially by December 31. Companies with a beginning letter of A–H renew in odd-numbered years and I-Z companies renew in even-numbered years.
  • The initial term for a license may be a single year depending on which year they register in and the name of the business.

Alabama Private Investigation Agency License

Not required



Private Investigation Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Alabama.

Alabama does not currently license private investigator firms, but individual licenses are required.

More information: Alabama Private Investigation Board

Individual Licenses

Alabama Individual Security Licenses

Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure (AESBL) Individual License

Agency:Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure

Initial Registration

Form:

Individual License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licensees employed by a company with a name beginning with letters A–H renew in odd-numbered years and licensees employed by a company with a name beginning with letters I-Z renew in even-numbered years.

Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure (AESBL) Qualifying Agent License

Agency:Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure

Initial Registration

Form:

Qualifying Agent License Application

Agency Fee:

$50 for burglar alarm only applicants; $100 for burglar alarm and access control applicants; or $150 for burglar alarm, access control, and CCTV applicants.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Qualifying Agent License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50 for burglar alarm only licensees; $100 for burglar alarm and access control licensees; or $150 for burglar alarm, access control, and CCTV licensees.

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licensees employed by a company with a name beginning with letters A–H renew in odd-numbered years and licensees employed by a company with a name beginning with letters I-Z renew in even-numbered years.

Alabama Private Investigator License

Agency:Alabama Private Investigation Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Application with Instructions and Checklist

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee, $37 fee to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and $300 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Licenses expire two years from the date of issuance.

Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail 60 days prior to expiration.

Learn about security licensing in other states:

Firearm Qualification - An additional qualification attached to license applications for armed private investigators.

Private Investigator Apprentice - Apprentices are issued limited licenses and can only operate under the direction of a licensed investigator.

Qualified Representative - A licensed private investigator who is responsible for the operation and management of an investigative agency.

Reciprocity - When a private investigator is allowed to do business in a different state under the license issued by their home state.

National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI)
Industry association that sponsors education and certification efforts for members.

National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS)
Private investigation and security advocacy group.

United States Association of Professional Investigators (USAPI)
Industry association focused on education and certification.

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