Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns
Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies
Georgia requires private investigation companies to be licensed. The whole licensing process goes through at the company level.
Reference Website: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/42Contact Information:
Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies, P.O. Box 13446, Macon, Georgia, United States, 31208
Phone: (478) 207-2440Associations:Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators, IncCitation Statute:
Title 43 Chapter 38 (1-17)
Website: http://sos.georgia.gov/acrobat/PLB/laws/31_Priv_Detective_and_Security_43-38.pdfQualifications Requirement:
Licenses; qualifications; criminal records; fingerprints; bond, insurance, or net worth affidavit; display of license; suspension; temporary permits; license recognition agreements
(a) Any individual, firm, association, company, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation desiring to engage in the private detective or private security business in this state shall make a verified application in writing to the division director for a license therefor. If the applicant is a firm, association, company, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, the person filing the application on behalf of such firm, association, company, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation shall be a corporate officer of such corporation or an officer of such firm, association, partnership, or limited liability company; and such individual shall meet the qualifications set out in this Code section.
(b) Upon being satisfied of the good character, competency, and integrity of an applicant for licensure under this chapter or, if the applicant is a firm, association, company, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, upon being satisfied of the good character, competency, and integrity of the corporate officer of such corporation or officer of such firm, association, partnership, or limited liability company, the board may grant a license to conduct a private detective or private security business to such individual, firm, association, company, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation if:
(1) The applicant is at least 18 years of age;
(2) The applicant is a citizen of the United States or a registered resident alien;
(3) The applicant is of good moral character;
(4) The applicant has not been convicted of a felony or any crime involving the illegal use, carrying, or possession of a dangerous weapon or any crime involving moral turpitude; provided, however, that, if the applicant has been convicted of such crime, or has entered a plea of nolo contendere, or has entered a plea pursuant to Article 3 of Chapter 8 of Title 42 or otherwise been granted first offender treatment, the board may inquire into the nature of the crime, the date of conviction or plea, and other underlying facts and circumstances surrounding such criminal proceedings and, in its discretion, may grant a license to such applicant;
(5) The applicant has not committed an act constituting dishonesty or fraud;
(6) The applicant has satisfied the board that his or her private detective or private security business has a competent training officer and adequate training program with a curriculum approved by the board or that adequate training will be obtained from such other source as the board may approve;
(7) The applicant for a private detective company license has had at least two years' experience as an agent registered with a licensed detective agency, or has had at least two years' experience in law enforcement, or has a four-year degree in criminal justice or a related field from an accredited university or college; and the applicant for a security company license has had at least two years' experience as a supervisor or administrator in in-house security operations or with a licensed security agency, or has had at least two years' experience in law enforcement, or has a four-year degree in criminal justice or a related field from an accredited university or college;
(8) The applicants for private detective company licenses and security company licenses may be required to pass successfully a written examination as the board may prescribe; and
(9) The applicant meets such other qualifications as the board may prescribe by rule.
Licenses in Georgia are issued only to companies. The company must have an individual, either the owner, a partner, or an officer of the corporation or LLC, who is qualified by experience or education to be the holder of the license for the company.
The experience required is two years, either in law enforcement, or as a registered private detective employed by a licensed private detective company. The education required is a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, or a related field of studyReciprocity:
Currently, the Board has Limited License Recognition Agreements with Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, California, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Tennessee.Testing:
An exam is required to establish competency in the state of Georgia.Fees:
A PI company pays $400 in fees. $125 exam fee per employee. And either a Bond of $25,000, $1 million liability insurance policy or net worth of over $50,000.Forms: http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=31 Continuing Education:
16 hours of training a year though an approved agency.