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How to Become a Private Investigator Quick Start Guide


  • Basic Private Detective Training Course
    Seventy hours of classroom instruction by certified training instructor following the State Board guidelines.
    Apply at:

    • Gwinnett Technical College Link
      Course Name: Private Detective
      Instructor: Larry Davis
      Offered Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for ten weeks
    • Clayton State University Link
      Course Name: Professional Investigator Certificate Program
      Instructor: Tripp Mitchell
      Offered Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for twenty weeks
    • Online/Distance Learning
      Contact Larry Davis for additional information


Fingerprints should only be completed by applicants that are ready to submit their application to the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies. Ideally, applicants should complete the fingerprinting process and submit their application within 10 to 14 days making it easier for the State Board to pair your fingerprint results with your application.

  • Register through Cogent Services at
    • Select “Applicant Registration”.
    • Select “Secretary of State”.
    • Select “Private Detective/Security Business”.
    • Read and accept privacy rights.
    • On the application page, the receiving agency ID will automatically populate with the ID number GA920240Z. This designates that the results go to the GA Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies.
    • Complete online application.
    • Pay online and submit form for processing.
    • Make a note of the registration number, as you will need it at the fingerprinting site.
  • Choose a location for fingerprinting at

Registration for Private Investigators

  • Governed by Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies
    • Application for Employee Registration to the Georgia Board
      This application requires the signature of the license holder of the company that you are registering with.
    • Educational Requirements (see above)
    • Fingerprinting

Licensure of Private Investigative Agency Licensing

  • Governed by Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies.
    Download the application

    • Educational Requirements (See above)
    • Investigative Licensing Examination
    • Two years of full-time private investigations experience
    • Two years prior law enforcement experience
      – or –
    • Four-year degree in Criminal justice or closely related field

Professional Organizations

  • Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators


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