How to Guide: Apply to be an Employee

How to Apply

  • Licensure requires completing an application, get it signed and notarized, and pay the required fee.  
  • See specific instructions for application depending on license and application type.
  • You must submit all the required documentation and fees in order to be considered for licensure.
  • Renewal is completed online and is required by August 31 of odd numbered years. Late renewal period is September 1- September 30  of odd numbered years.

Select your application type to view instructions on how to apply: 

Private Detective Employee

In-House Security Employee

Private Security Employee

Private Detective/Security Guard Employee

In-House Private Detective Employee

Reinstatement

Renewal

After you Apply – What to Expect

  • Processing Time – Applications are generally processed within 15 business days of receipt, excluding weekends and holidays. Applications are individually evaluated by the Board in order of date received, and processing times can vary based on individual circumstances and volume. 
    • If you receive a deficiency letter, your 15 day count restarts when the Board receives your correct and complete documentation.
    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees. 
    • Completed applications will be initially reviewed by Board staff and may be reviewed by the Board at an upcoming Board Meeting. Applications must be complete and received at least 15 days prior to a Board Meeting to be added to that meeting’s agenda. Otherwise, the application will be reviewed at the next Board meeting.
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  • Keep Your Contact Info Up to Date
    • Be sure the email address you include for yourself on your application is correct and current. Email is the primary means of communication used by the Board.  
    • Additionally, it is important for applicants/licensees to update their email address with the Board just as they would update their physical and mailing addresses.
  • Wait For It
    • You may not legally perform services until you hold an active license. 
    • Staff will communicate with you regarding the status of your application.

Veterans Preference

Veterans, military service members, transitioning service members and military spouses of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, may be eligible for exam point credits and/or expedited application processes. Download program information>>

  • If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference Points, you must enclose a copy of your DD-214 form, showing that you served during a period of conflict or war for a minimum of 90 days. Contact the VA to request make a DD-214 Request >>

Fees

Initial registration - detective - unarmed

$45

Initial registration - detective - armed

$70

Initial registration - security guard - armed

$70

Initial registration - detective & security guard - armed

$70

Renewal

$65

Late Renewal

$80

Reinstatement

Same as initial fee

Replacement license

$25

Additional weapon/change of weapon

$25

Verification of licensure

$35

Decorative wall certificate

$50

Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

  • Online processing fee: $5.00
  • Mail-In processing fee: $10.00

Private Detective Employee

If you have never been licensed with this company before and have completed the requirements, submit this application with fee.

In-House Security Employee

If you have never been licensed with this company before and have completed the requirements, submit this application with fee.

Private Security Employee

If you have never been licensed with this company before and have completed the requirements, submit this application with fee.

Private Detective/Security Guard Employee

If you have never been licensed with this company before and have completed the requirements, submit this application with fee.

In-House Private Detective Employee

If you have never been licensed with this company before and have completed the requirements, submit this application with fee.

Reinstatement

If you have previously held this license with the same company and wish to reinstate, submit this reinstatement application and fee.

Renewal

If you have previously held this license and need to renew in order to keep your license up to date, apply for licensure renewal before August 31 of the year it expires to avoid late fees.

How to File

To file online:

Once your checklist is completed, please create an account and upload all documents through the online portal

To file by mail:

Once your checklist is completed, please mail all documents to:

Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217

 

Identification Card

Once your application is approved, you may order an Identification Card

Contact

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