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Welcome to ODPS Private Investigator Security Guard Services


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.

Printing of Plastic ID Cards Resumes

Beginning the week of May 17, 2021, PISGS will resume printing plastic identification cards and mailing them to companies. Companies will no longer receive an email with the PDF version of the identification cards.

License Renewal Extensions Provided by House Bill 404 Expire on July 1, 2021

Providers must have their license renewed on or before this date to continue providing security or investigative services in the state of Ohio. Please review your roster to identify upcoming registration and FAB expiration dates. Registrations and FAB notations that expired March 9, 2020 - April 1, 2021, were extended to July 1, 2021. Registrations expiring April 2, 2021, or later must be renewed by their expiration date. FAB notations expiring April 2, 2021 or later must re-qualify by their expiration date. Typically, FAB expiration dates are different from registration expiration dates. Both FAB and registrations can be renewed up to 90 days prior to their expiration date.

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PO Box 182001
Columbus, OH 43218-2001

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


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PISGS General Information


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.