How to get your license: Armed private investigator
Who needs a license?
Anyone who carries a firearm on duty while working for a licensed private investigative agency that:
- Provides investigation, escort, or bodyguard services.
- Performs property loss prevention activities.
To be licensed as an armed private investigator, you must:
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Be licensed as an unarmed private investigator or agency principal.
- Have a current firearms certificate issued by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC).
- Have a current license to carry a concealed pistol.
- Get fingerprinted for state and national background checks.
- Inside Washington: Go to www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust. Pay IdentoGO for your fingerprints and 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.
How to apply
You can apply online or by mail.
What you'll need
Send the following:
Check or money order for the non-refundable application fee (payable to Department of Licensing)
Private Investigator Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401
For veterans, military personnel, and partners
Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.
If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.
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