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Mission Statement:

To maintain a standard of excellence for the private investigator and security guard industry by ensuring all applicants meet the established criteria for licensing and registration, and enforcing the laws governing the industry to protect the safety of the citizens of Ohio.

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PO Box 182001
Columbus, OH 43218-2001

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Attention PISGS licensees! Do you have an exemplary employee? Someone who deserves recognition? Private Investigator Security Guard Services is offering an opportunity for you to acknowledge those individuals who go above and beyond to contribute to a safer Ohio. Send a photo of the employee to PISGStips@dps.ohio.gov, along with a short description of what makes him or her a “Safer Ohio Standout,” and PISGS will recognize the employee!

PISGS General Information

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BCI fingerprint background checks are required for registrations; FBI fingerprint background checks are only required for those applicants that want to be Firearm Bearer (FAB). BCI and FBI fingerprint background checks submitted with a registration or FAB application will not be accepted if they are older than 30 days. Do not have the FBI WebCheck done until you are ready to submit the FAB application.

Request your background check results be sent via “direct copy” to PISGS, Ohio Department of Public Safety for faster results. This coupon - PSU 0019 Word / PDF - should be completed and taken to the WebCheck facility to ensure proper delivery of results.

To locate a WebCheck facility, log onto the Attorney General's Website. Please contact the location directly to determine which criminal record checks are available, the fee, and when a check can be completed.

Electronic Fingerprint WebCheck “Reason For Fingerprint Code”
BCI recently added additional fingerprinting “Reason Codes” to the electronic WebCheck drop down list. To ensure PISGS receives BCI results, please select “License for private investigator/security guard,” check the “direct copy” option and send to the PISG Ohio Department of Public Safety. The FBI selection choice should be “private investigator/security guard.” If you have any questions, please contact PISGS at 614-466-4130 for assistance.

Forms used by a business to register employees.


Forms used to apply for a company/sole proprietor PISGS license and used to update company information.


If you changed your business name or structure, your license expired or you previously closed your business: A new license is required.