Private Investigator Licensing in Hawaii

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

Company Licenses

Hawaii Security Company Licenses

Hawaii Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Professional and Vocational Licensing: Private Detective and Guard Licensing Area
Bond Requirements:

$5,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Detective and Guard Agency License

Agency fee:

$50 application fee + $344 license fee if issued between July 1st of even-numbered years and June 30th of odd-numbered years, or $140 if filed outside of this timeframe.

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$260

Due:

June 30 of even-numbered years.

Notes:

Renewal forms are provided by the department.

Individual Licenses

Hawaii Individual Security Licenses

Hawaii Private Investigator License

Agency:Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Professional and Vocational Licensing: Private Detective and Guard Licensing Area
Bond Requirements:

$5,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Detective License Application

Agency fee:

$50 application fee + $50 exam fee + $280 if issued between July 1st of even-numbered years or $108 if issued outside of this period.

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$196

Due:

June 30 of even-numbered years.

Notes:

Renewal forms are provided by the department.

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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