How to get your license: Unarmed private investigator

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Who needs a license?

Anyone who works for a licensed private investigative agency that:

  • Provides investigation, escort, or bodyguard services
  • Performs property loss prevention activities.

Requirements

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

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Be employed by, or have an employment offer from, a licensed private investigator company.
  • Have no criminal convictions that directly relate to your capacity to perform the duties of a private investigator and/or hinders public safety.
  • Complete the pre–assignment training requirements.

How to apply

  1. Submit all of the following:
  2. Get fingerprinted for state and national background checks.
    • Inside Washington: Go to www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust, our electronic fingerprinting vendor. You will pay IdentoGO for taking your fingerprints and for the background checks required for your license type.
    • Outside Washington: Call the Security Guard program at 360.664.6611 for fingerprint card submission instructions.
    • For more details, see Fingerprinting and background checks.

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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