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Frequently Asked Questions
Verify a license status by visiting www.sos.ga.gov, select the Licensing option, click the tab labeled Search for a Licensee, and choose Individual Licensee from the menu. Enter the requested fields, click "search", and the data should populate.
Note: Unarmed security guards are NOT licensed by the Georgia Professional Licensing Board.
Fees vary by the type of license for which one is applying. Refer to the Fee Schedule for a current listing of the various fees.
Once the Board approves candidates for examination, the approved candidates will be notified by PSI, which is the company that administers the exams.
Candidates who are not approved for the exam will be notified within two weeks after the Private Detective and Security Agencies Board meeting at which the decision was made.
PSI administers exams for the Board. Once you are approved by the Board for the appropriate exam, you will be notified in writing by PSI, along with instructions on how to register online for the next exam. PSI maintains their exam schedules, and exams are given frequently. You will have choices of dates and locations.
No, the weapon permit issued by the Probate Court is not a valid permit while a private investigator or security guard is on duty.
You must have a weapon permit issued by the Private Detective and Security Agencies Board to carry a weapon while on duty, unless you are an active peace officer working for a licensed private detective or security company.
View a list of active training instructors by clicking the tab labeled Search for a Licensee, choose Search for an Individual Licensee, choose the Board, License Type, and the Status from the drop-down menus, then click the Search button.
You may also purchase a roster of active training instructors by completing the Roster Request Order Form which can be found under the button labeled Applications/Form Downloads.
All complaints must be submitted in writing. Verbal complaints are not accepted.
Written complaints may be filed online by using the Online Complaint form on the Board's homepage.
Complaints may also be mailed to the Georgia Board of Private Detective & Security Agencies, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217.
If your complaint involves review of supporting documentation, such as written contracts, it is recommended that the complaint with documentation be MAILED rather than submitted online.
Online complaints work best for complaints of unlicensed practice; however, the documents cannot currently be uploaded via the online complaint feature.
Complaints are confidential by Georgia law in OCGA § 43-1-2 (k) (4) and OCGA § 43-1-19 (h) (2), and are not subject to the Open Records Act.
Review the application for Instructor / Trainer to make sure you meet the application requirements.
Review the Board Rules for details on what information instructors must cover with students.
Review the Sample Curriculum that is provided as a Reference under the "Applications and Forms" tab.
Curriculum submissions must show the hourly break down of the topics covered.