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Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

PLA > Professions > Private Investigator & Security Guard Licensing Board > Applications and Instructions for Private Investigator Firms & Security Guard Agencies Applications and Instructions for Private Investigator Firms & Security Guard Agencies

Private Investigator Firm License Application and New Qualifier Application

Application for Private Investigator Firms

Completed applications should include the following:

  • Completed Application (including employer submission of Experience Form)
  • Application Fee of $300 ($150 if less than one year before quadrennial renewal date)
  • Criminal Background Check from each City, County and State of Residence within the previous seven years
  • Fingerprint based Criminal Background Check from the L-1 Identity Solutions
  • Proof of Limited Liability Insurance
  • Academic Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Corporate Filings (if applicable)
  • Verification(s) of Professional Licensure from each state where licensure is held or has been held (if applicable)

Security Guard Agency License Application and New Qualifier Application

Application for a Security Guard Agency

Completed applications should include the following:

  • Completed Application (including employer submission of Experience Form)
  • Application Fee of $300 ($150 if less than one year before quadrennial renewal date)
  • Criminal Background Check from each City, County and State of Residence within the previous seven years
  • Fingerprint based Criminal Background Check from the L-1 Identity Solutions
  • Proof of Limited Liability Insurance
  • Academic Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Corporate Filings (if applicable)
  • Verification(s) of Professional Licensure from each state where licensure is held or has been held (if applicable)

Application Submission Information

Before completing and submitting your application to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency please read all instructions. If you have questions, please contact the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency at (317) 234-3040 or email us at pla11@pla.in.gov

Agency Address
Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Fair Information Practice Act
In compliance with IC 4-1-6, this agency is notifying you that you must provide the requested information or your application will not be processed. You have the right to challenge, correct, or explain information maintained by this agency. Except for your Social Security Number, all other information you provide will become public record. Your academic transcripts are confidential except in circumstances where their release is required by law, in which case you will be notified.

Mandatory Disclosure of U.S. Social Security Number
Pursuant to Section 7 of the Privacy Act of 1974, you are hereby given notice that disclosure of your U.S. Social Security number on this application is mandatory for the purpose of complying with IC 25-1-5-8 and IC 4-1-8-1 which provide that the Indiana Department of Revenue may obtain Social security numbers from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency for tax enforcement purposes.
Failure to disclose your U.S. Social Security number will result in the denial of your application.

Completion of the Application Process
An application shall be considered abandoned if the applicant does not complete the requirements for licensure within one (1) year from the date on which the application was filed. An application submitted subsequent to an abandoned application shall be treated as a new application.

Affidavit
If you answer "Yes" to any of the four (4) questions on the application, the applicant must explain fully in a signed and notarized affidavit, meaning an explanation or statements of facts or events, including all related details. Describe the event including location, date, and disposition. Include all relevant legal documents , if applicable. Letters from attorneys will not be accepted in lieu of your statement. However they may accompany your affidavit.

Agency or Firm Name
As described in 874 IAC 1-1-2(b) of the Private Investigator & Secuity Guard rules and regulations, no agency/firm name or advertisements shall contain wording, slogans, logos, seals, graphics, or other inference that the licensee is connected with or in any manner represents any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency. We advise you to choose a unique name that in no way can be interpreted to be affiliated with any local, state or federal law enforcement agency. The Board does have the ability to request a name change before an application is approved.


Application Fees
All applicants must submit a three hundred dollar ($300) application fee made payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. This fee may be submitted by cash, check or money order. We cannot accept payment by credit card. All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Photographs
All applicants must submit one (1) acceptable passport- quality photograph, taken within eight (8) weeks of the submission of the application. The photograph should be approximately 2 x 3 inches, head and shoulders view of the applicant, black and white or color, of professional quality. No "Polaroid" type photographs, laminated photographs, laminated identification cards or group photographs will be accepted.

Criminal History Background Checks
All applicant must obtain criminal history background checks from each city, county, and state of residence within the seven (7) years preceding the filing of the application for licensure. If an applicant has been on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States for any duration of time during the preceding seven (7) years, the applicant may submit their DD-214 Form (Discharge Papers or Report of Separation) in lieu of the criminal background check(s) for that duration of time.

Additionally, all applicants must obtain a fingerprint based criminal history check from the Indiana State Police. Please contact L-1 Identity Solutions by phone at (877) 472- 6917 or online at http://www.L1enrollment.com in order to obtain a fingerprint based criminal background check from the Indiana State Police. The applicable fingerprint instruction sheet may be found using the Criminal History Check link.

*The Indiana State Police report will be sent directly to you upon completion. An electronic copy WILL NOT be sent to our agency. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the original State Police report to be included in their application.

Verification of Liability Insurance
All applicants must submit an original or notarized copy of Certificate of Insurance verifying that the PI firm or SG Agency will have a liability insurance policy of $100,000. Note that the policy must list the "State of Indiana" as an additional insured on the Certificate of Insurance.

For applicants who choose to wait before obtaining this required liability insurance coverage, the board will review all other application materials and, if qualified, approve the applicant for licensure pending receipt of this verification of liability insurance. Once this verification has been received, a license will be issued.

Official Academic Transcript
Applicants who hold a bachelors degree or higher in criminal justice or a related field may seek to use their degree for the purposes of meeting the experience requirement. Applicants who wish to seek licensure under this method must submit an official transcript from the regionally accredited college or university from which they obtained their degree, showing that all requirements for graduation have been met and when the degree was granted. Regional accreditation must be from an organization approved by the Board. NOTE: transcripts must be original, official transcripts. Copies or incomplete (note yet showing the degree granted) transcripts are not acceptable.

Verification of Experience Form
Applicants seeking to use employment experience of a minimum of 4,000 hours must complete Section l of the Verification of Experience Form and submit the form to their employer for completion of Section ll of the form. The employer must submit the completed and notarized form directly to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Applicants who have completed the 4,000 hours / 2 years experience requirement with more than one employer must make copies of the Verification of Experience Form and send the forms to each employer for completion and submission. Experience must be verified by someone other than the applicant.