In the state of Ohio, it is critical to observe the law when providing private investigation and security services. Proper licensing is mandatory for all providers. The process of obtaining licensing is rigorous and requires that the Qualifying Agent (QA) meets stringent professional experience requirements, undergoes criminal background checks, and passes an exam. The license fee is $405.00, covering both license and QA applications. In addition, all licensed providers must have comprehensive general liability insurance to ensure optimal client safety and protection.
It’s essential to note that there are other requirements that businesses must meet beyond the QA qualifications. Companies must adhere to Ohio law with strict criteria, including providing a 2.2 photo, five character reference letters, BCI fingerprint results, and more. Without approval from PISGS, companies are not allowed to work, advertise, or solicit business in Ohio.
Varying requirements apply to different professions such as military police, law enforcement, attorneys, and college degree-holders. To apply, a BCI fingerprint result must not be older than 30 days from the application date and sent directly to PISGS. By following all these requirements, businesses can provide private investigation and security services legally in Ohio, protect their reputation, and ensure the utmost safety for their clients.