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

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

Company Licenses

Georgia Security Company Licenses

Georgia Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies
Bond Requirements:


Initial Registration


Application - Agency (Company) License

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $300 license fee once the application is approved. Combined detective and security company licenses are available for $800.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$300 for detective companies or $700 for combined detective and security companies


June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Individual Licenses

Georgia Individual Security Licenses

Georgia Private Investigator License

Agency:Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies

Initial Registration


Employee Registration

Agency Fee:

$45 for unarmed detective license, $70 for armed detective license.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:



August 31 of odd-numbered years.


Renewal forms are provided by the department.

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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