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Welcome to ODPS Private Investigator Security Guard Services

PISGS Logo   Voluntary Accreditation Program

Our Mission:
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.


OPISSC and PISGS are excited to announce the new Voluntary Accreditation Program. This accreditation program is the first of its kind in the nation for security guard and private investigation companies. For more information, click HERE.


All licenses expire March 1, 2018, pursuant to Chapter 4749.03 of the Ohio Revised Code. All company providers must renew their license and qualifying agent(s) prior to March 1, 2018. In order to be considered in renewing status, you must have paid for and submitted all documents by the deadline. Online renewal will be available January 2, 2018. An online user guide will be available when you log into PISGS on January 2.

*If your license expires, you cannot provide services, advertise, or solicit business; and all registered employees are terminated.

If you have closed your business, please mail us a letter indicating the date your business ceased operation in order to avoid further communications regarding license renewal. Also include your wall license and qualifying agent wallet card.

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PO Box 182001
Columbus, OH 43218-2001

Overnight Address
1970 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43223


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What is PISGS?

Private Investigator Security Guard Services (PISGS) licenses and regulates private investigation and security guard companies working in Ohio. There are more than 800 companies with 22,000 registered employees. PISGS is part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.


Who is licensed?

Ohio law requires people or companies offering security or investigation services to obtain a license. Licensed companies also must register employees. Providing investigation or security services without a license is a crime.


Why a license?

A license demonstrates a basic level of professional responsibility, competence and compliance with the law. PISGS verifies a company is insured, operated by a qualifying agent with appropriate experience, and that employees undergo criminal background checks. Registered employees are continuously monitored by the state’s Rapback system, which notifies PISGS if a guard or investigator is arrested. An unlicensed company is a liability for businesses, their employees and customers, and jeopardizes public safety.


Hiring Security?

Verify a company is operating legally by asking to see their wall license. All employees will have a registration card if they are properly registered.

Or, contact PISGS for verification: 614-466-4130.