South Carolina Private Investigators Licensing Requirements

The requirements to get a PI’s license in South Carolina may change.  Below are a current list of the general requirements. Please visit the states website for the most up-to-date list of requirements.

Minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have no felony, domestic violence, or abuse convictions
  • Not have been discharged from the military with other than an honorable discharge
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions associated with theft, honesty, fraud, or sale or use of controlled substances
  • If you have ever been declared incompetent due to a mental defect, you will have to prove that a court restored your competency before you will be licensed

Licensing Requirements (one of the following):

  • Three (3) years of experience as an investigator or police officer
  • Three (3) years of experience while a registered employee of a licensed PI business
  • Employed by a licensed private detective for a period of five (5) years

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Licensing Authority in South Carolina:

South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division

4400 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803.737.9000

The South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators

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