How to Guide: Apply for Company Licensing

How to Apply

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

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

Security Company

In-House Security Company

Private Detective Company

Private Detective/Security Company (Dual)

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    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees.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 Application

$100

Private detective company license

$300

In-house or private security company

$500

Private detective and security company- dual

$700

Renewal detective company

$300 ($400 late)

Renewal security company

$500 ($600 late)

Renewal dual license

$700 ($800 late)

Reinstatement detective company

$550

Reinstatement security company

$750

Reinstatement dual license

$1050

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

Security Company

If you have never been licensed before and have completed the requirements, apply for licensure by examination.

In-House Security Company

If you have never been licensed before and have completed the requirements, apply for licensure by examination.

Private Detective Company

If you have never been licensed before and have completed the requirements, apply for licensure by examination.

Private Detective/Security Company (Dual)

If you have never been licensed before and have completed the requirements, apply for licensure by examination.

Reinstatement

If you have previously held this license and wish to reinstate, submit a 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 June 30th 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

 

Contact

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