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How Do You Get Your Private Investigator License?

There is no bad time to apply to get your private investigator license. Whether you've been practising as an unlicensed investigator for some time or you're just fresh from private detective training, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to get your private detective license. This will allow you to operate in the investigation industry with a more professional image surrounding the work you do. Most investigators or potential will find that they already meet the criteria to be licensed and the process of getting the license is simple enough for you to at least try.

Requirements For Applying For A Private Investigator License

If you're thinking about applying for your private investigator license, there are a number of things you'll want to be sure you get right before you start the process.

  • You must at least 18 years old to hold an SIA license
  • You'll need to attain an IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators
  • You'll be required to show proof or undertake tests and checks that show you're a fit and proper person
  • You must have United Kingdom right to work

Most people wishing to become licensed private investigators will find that they easily meet all these qualifications. You should also note that having a criminal record will not automatically disqualify you as each case will be reviewed individually.

The Process Of Applying And Receiving An Sia License

Once you've undergone training and hold an IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators, you'll be ready to start the application process for getting a private detective license. The process for applying for any SIA license follows the following structure:

  • You'll need to set up a personal account on the website of the Security Industry Authority. This will also mean filling in your basic information.
  • Once your account is set, you have to start the process of applying for the specific license you'd like to get. In this case, that's a private investigator license. Fill in the forms and send them with any requested attachments.
  • You'll be notified via your account and your email when you're ready to go through the next stage which involves going to the post office to have your identity verified and to make the necessary payments and submit the required documents. The Payment of £220 must be made before the next step starts.
  • The SIA will start the process of thoroughly analyzing your application to ascertain that you're qualified. This will also mean carrying out a background check.
  • The SIA will notify you via your account and email if your application has been approved or not. Applicants whose applications are to be rejected will have 21 days to make an appeal before the decision is finalized. Applicants with approved applications will have to wait for a maximum of 14 days before receiving their private detective license cards.

The license you receive will expire in 3 years and will have to be renewed at the end of that period.

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