Security Licensing Compliance Guide
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Private Investigator Licensing in Wisconsin

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

Company Licenses

Wisconsin Security Company Licenses

Wisconsin Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Bond Requirements:

$100,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Private Detective Agency License

Agency Fee:

$75

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$107

Due:

August 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Individual Licenses

Wisconsin Individual Security Licenses

Wisconsin Private Investigator License

Agency:Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Private Detective License

Agency Fee:

$75 credential fee + $127 exam fee.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$115

Due:

August 31 of odd-numbered years.

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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