WA State Licensing: Certified trainer

Certified trainer

Requirements

All private investigator certified trainers must:

  • Be licensed as a private investigator agency principal, unarmed private investigator, or armed private investigator.
  • Have 3 years' compensated investigative experience.
  • Pass an examination given by the Department of Licensing.

How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options:



  • File online with My DOR. My DOR works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

    1. Login using your Secure Access Washington (SAW) user ID. If you don't have a user ID or aren't sure, see if you have an account first before signing up.
    2. Click Get Started on the Business Licensing and Tax service.
    3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.
  • If you do not have an existing business

      1. Click File New Business License Application. Be sure to select the endorsements for which you wish to apply.

    If you have an existing business

      1. If you haven't already, add access to your business. You'll need a UBI number and a letter ID.
      2. Click on the business you want to apply for a license/endorsement under, then click on the location.
      3. Click File New Business License Application.


    You can pay using an E-check or a major credit card (gift cards can't be used).


    Find more help for using My DOR, including video tutorials.
     

  • By mail

    1. Complete the following:
    2. Mail your completed forms with a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:

      State of Washington
      Business Licensing Service
      PO Box 9034
      Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Fees

Application fees Fee
Private Investigator Agency with unarmed principal $600
Private Investigator Agency with armed principal $700
Unarmed Private Investigator $200
Armed Private Investigator (in addition to Unarmed Private Investigator fee) $100
Transfer $25
Certified Trainer Examination $25
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)
Renewal fees Fee
Private Investigator Agency $350
Unarmed Private Investigator $175
Armed Private Investigator $175
Certified Trainer $15

Contact information

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Email: BLS@dor.wa.gov
Fax: 360-705-6699

Office hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mailing information

Please remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your completed application. Incomplete submissions will result in a delay in your licensure.


It is important that you contact our office, in writing, with any changes in address.

Regulatory questions

Department of Licensing
Private Investigators
Phone: 360-664-6611