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Where to Get Private Investigator License

Although private investigator licenses have been available in the UK since 2001, many investigators are unlicensed simply because they don't know how to go about the process of getting a license. Luckily, once you have the necessary qualifications, getting a private investigator license is relatively easy.

As long as you're eligible for a private investigator license, you should take advantage of the opportunity to get one. Carrying a license can greatly improve how you carry out your business as you'll come across as a serious professional who works within the rules and with oversight.

Who Provides Private Investigator Licenses?

In case you're unaware, there is only one body in the UK that issues licenses to frontline workers in the private security industry, the Security Industry Authority or SIA. The SIA is also the body that issues private detective licenses to investigators who operate within the UK.

Although it's not compulsory to have a private investigator license here in the UK, it is highly advisable that you apply for one from the SIA. A license adds a lot to private detective agency and can make you easier to trust when you're dealing with new clients.

What Do You Need To Get A Private Detective License?

Getting a private detective license in the UK is fairly easy. There are no minimum education requirements.

All you need are:

  • To be over the age of 18
  • An IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators
  • To pass tests that show you're a fit and proper individual
  • To have a right to work in the UK (citizenship not a must)
  • To complete the application process and make the necessary payment

Once you get a private investigator license, it will have a 3-year validity period after which you'll have to get it renewed.

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