WA State Licensing: Anarmed private investigator

Unarmed private investigator

An Unarmed Private Investigator endorsement is required for anyone who works for a licensed private investigator agency that:

  • Provides investigation, escort, or bodyguard services
  • Performs property loss prevention activities.

Requirements

To be endorsed as an unarmed private investigator, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Be employed by, or have an employment offer from, a licensed private investigator company.
  • Have no criminal convictions that directly relate to your capacity to perform the duties of a private investigator and/or hinders public safety.
  • Complete the pre-assignment training requirements.

Post your license

A license must be posted at each location where the licensee operates. You may not begin this business activity until you receive a Business License listing the required endorsement(s).

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. Get fingerprinted for state and national background checks.
    • Inside Washington: Go to www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust, our electronic fingerprinting vendor. You will pay IdentoGO for taking your fingerprints and for the background checks required for your license type.
    • Outside Washington: Call the Security Guard program at 360.664.6611 for fingerprint card submission instructions.
    • For more details, see Fingerprinting and background checks.
  3. 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

For veterans
U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

Fees

Application fees Fee
Unarmed Private Investigator $200
Other fees that may apply Fee
Registering your business name as trade name $5
Business License Application $19 (non-refundable)


Regulatory questions

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