Private Investigator Licensing in Ohio

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

Company Licenses

Ohio Security Company Licenses

Ohio Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Ohio Private Investigator Security Guard Services

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$30 qualifying agent fee + $375 license application fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$5 rap back fee + $275 license renewal fee.

Due:

Annually by March 1.

Individual Licenses

Ohio Individual Security Licenses

Ohio Private Investigator License

Agency:Ohio Private Investigator Security Guard Services

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$40

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date issued.

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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