How to get your armed private investigator license

Who needs a license?

You must have an armed private investigator license if you carry a firearm while on duty working for a licensed private investigator agency providing:

  • Investigation, escort, or bodyguard services.
  • Property loss prevention activities.


To be licensed as an armed private investigator, you must:

  • Be licensed as an unarmed private investigator or agency principal.
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a current firearms certificate issued by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC). For a list of firearm instructors, visit the WSCJTC website.

How to apply

Apply directly to the investigator company you wish to work for. To apply, submit all of the following:

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

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