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.

Company Licenses

Alabama Security Company Licenses

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 Private Investigator License

Agency:Alabama Private Investigation Board

Initial Registration


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:



Licenses expire two years from the date of issuance.


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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