Private Investigator Licensing in South Dakota

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

Company Licenses

South Dakota Security Company Licenses

South Dakota Private Investigation Agency License

Not required



South Dakota does not require private investigator firms to be licensed, however, a sales tax license from the department of revenue is required.

Individual Licenses

South Dakota Individual Security Licenses

South Dakota Private Investigator License

Not required



South Dakota does not issue individual licenses for private investigators. Registrations or permits may be required at the local level.

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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