Security Licensing Compliance Guide

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Private Investigator Licensing in Florida

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

Company Licenses

Florida Security Company Licenses

Florida Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Licensing

Initial Registration

Form:

Class A, B, R Agency License

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee and $42 fingerprint per member/officer of a company + $450 license fee once the application is approved.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$450

Due:

Triennially

Notes:

Renewal applications are sent in the mail 150 days prior to expiration. After returning the application, pay the fee online.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Individual Licenses

Florida Individual Security Licenses

Florida Private Investigator License

Agency:Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Licensing

Initial Registration

Form:

Class C Private Investigator License

Agency Fee:

$177.75 + $100 exam fee.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$85.75 + $29.75 fingerprint processing fee for the first renewal only.

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

Renewal applications are sent in the mail 150 days prior to expiration. After returning the application, pay the fee online.

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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