Private Investigator Security Guard Services (PISGS), a component of Ohio Homeland Security, licenses and regulates the private investigation and security guard services industry throughout Ohio. There are more than 800 providers with nearly 24,000 registered employees.
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.
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 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.
Our mission is 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.