Security Licensing Compliance Guide
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Private Investigator Licensing in Delaware

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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 Delaware. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Company Licenses

Delaware Security Company Licenses

Delaware Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Delaware State Police - Professional Licensing Section
Bond Requirements:

$10,000 for an agency or $5,000 for a sole-proprietorship

Initial Registration

Form:

Class A Private Investigative Agency License Application

Agency Fee:

$345 for agency licenses or $230 for sole-proprietorships + $65 processing fee.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$345 for agency licenses or $230 for sole-proprietorships + $65 processing fee.

Due:

Biennially by the last day of the month of initial licensure.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Individual Licenses

Delaware Individual Security Licenses

Delaware Private Investigator License

Agency:Delaware State Police - Professional Licensing Section

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigative Employee Application

Agency Fee:

$85

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$85

Due:

5 years from the holders next birthday.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

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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