Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns
Virginia Private Investigator License
Virginia requires only sixty hours of training in order to become licensed.
Reference Website: https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/pss/howto/registrations/privateInvestigator.cfmContact Information:
Department of Criminal Justice Services, 1100 Bank St., Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23219
Phone: (804) 786-4700Associations:Private Investigator Association of VirginiaVirgina - Professional Investigators and Security AssociationCitation Statute:
Code of Virginia
Title 9.1 Commonwealth Public Safety
Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6: Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20: Department of Criminal Justice Services
Chapter 171: Regulations Related to Private Security Services
Website: https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/licensure-and-regulatory-affairs/private-investigatorQualifications Requirement:
A. Prior to the issuance of a business license, the applicant shall meet or exceed the requirements of licensing and application submittal to the department as set forth in this section.
B. Each person seeking a license as a private security services business shall file a completed application provided by the department including:
1. For each principal and supervisor of the applying business, their fingerprints pursuant to 6VAC20-171-30;
2. Documentation verifying that the applicant has secured a surety bond in the amount of $100,000 executed by a surety company authorized to do business in Virginia, or a certificate of insurance reflecting the department as a certificate holder, showing a policy of comprehensive general liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $100,000 and $300,000 issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in Virginia;
3. For each nonresident applicant for a license, on a form provided by the department, a completed irrevocable consent for the department to serve as service agent for all actions filed in any court in this Commonwealth;
4. For each applicant for a license as a private security services business except sole proprietor or partnership, on a form provided by the department, the identification number issued by the Virginia State Corporation Commission for verification that the entity is authorized to conduct business in the Commonwealth;
5. A physical address in Virginia where records required to be maintained by the Code of Virginia and this chapter are kept and available for inspection by the department. A post office box is not a physical address;
6. On the license application, designation of at least one individual as compliance agent who is not designated as compliance agent for any other licensee, and who is certified or eligible for certification pursuant to 6VAC20-171-70;
7. The applicable, nonrefundable license application fee; and
8. Designation on the license application of the type of private security business license the applicant is seeking. The initial business license fee includes one category. A separate fee will be charged for each additional category. The separate categories are identified as follows: security officers/couriers (armed and unarmed), private investigators, electronic security, armored car, personal protection specialists, and security canine handlers. Alarm respondents crossover into both the security officer and electronic security category; therefore, if an applicant is licensed in either of these categories, he can provide these services without purchasing an additional category.
C. Upon completion of the initial license application requirements, the department may issue an initial license for a period not to exceed 24 months.
D. The department may issue a letter of temporary licensure to businesses seeking licensure under § 9.1-139 of the Code of Virginia for not more than 120 days while awaiting the results of the state and national fingerprint search conducted on the principals and compliance agent of the business, provided the applicant has met the necessary conditions and requirements.
E. A new license is required whenever there is any change in the ownership or type of organization of the licensed entity that results in the creation of a new legal entity.
F. Each license shall be issued to the legal business entity named on the application, whether it be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, and shall be valid only for the legal entity named on the license. No license shall be assigned or otherwise transferred to another legal entity, with the exception of a sole proprietorship or partnership that incorporates to form a new corporate entity where the initial licensee remains as a principal in the newly formed corporation. This exception shall not apply to any existing corporation that purchases the business or assets of an existing sole proprietorship.
G. Each licensee shall comply with all applicable administrative requirements and standards of conduct and shall not engage in any acts prohibited by applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and this chapter.
H. Each licensee shall be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.Reciprocity:
Virginia has reciprocity agreements with the following states:
Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee
Official reciprocity with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies, Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners, North Carolina Private Protective Services Board, Oklahoma, Tennessee Private Investigator License.Forms: https://www.piava.org/becoming-a-pi