Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Private Investigation, Recovery and Security Services FAQ

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How do I apply for a private investigation, private security or recovery license?

Applications and application instructions are available online or by contacting any of our regional offices. The application instructions provide detailed information about the process; however, if you need additional assistance, please call us at (850) 245-5691 or use our web form to ask your question.

How do I check the status of my private investigative, private security or recovery license application?

You can check the status of your application using the following online tools:

What is the term of my license?

 

License Terms

Type of License

Term

Agency or Branch Office

Three Years

Class "K" Firearms Instructor

Three Years

Licenses Issued to Individuals (Including Agency Managers) and Schools/Training Facilities

Two Years

How do I order a form or publication related to private investigation, private security or recovery services?

To order a form or publication, use our online Form and Publication Request.

How do I notify the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) about my change of address?

View instructions for changing your address.

How do I notify FDACS about my name change?

Individuals:

Submit a written request and a copy of the legal document with proof of your name change to:

Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 5767
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5767

You can have a revised license printed for a fee of $15, payable by check or money order to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

If you prefer, you may keep your current license until it is time to renew. At time of renewal, remember to send your written request and a copy of the legal document evidencing your name change with your renewal application and we will issue your renewal license with your legal name.

Agencies:

Whether you intend to do business under a fictitious name or as a corporation, contact FDACS at (850) 245-5691 for tentative name approval prior to filing with the Florida Department of State's  Division of Corporations for your fictitious name and/or registration as a corporation.

Please note tentative name approval does not constitute a reservation of that name. To ensure you get the name you want, mail a copy of the documentation provided to you by the Division of Corporations with your written notification, original license, and a $10 fee as soon as possible to:

Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 5767
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5657

How do I renew my license?

Private Investigation

Learn how to renew your license.

Private Security

Learn how to renew your license.

Recovery and Repossession

Learn how to renew your license.

Can I renew my expired license?

Your license can be renewed if it has not been expired for more than three months. A late fee equal to the amount of the license fee is required in addition to the renewal license fee [ Adobe PDF Document 74.83 KB ]. If the license has been expired for longer than three months, you must apply for a new license.

How do I obtain a replacement license if mine has been lost, stolen or destroyed?

Learn how to replace your license.

I received a letter informing me that my application has been denied. Who should I contact for help?

The denial letter provides an explanation regarding why your application was denied and includes contact information for assistance and an Election of Rights form so that you may exercise your right to a hearing on the matter.

I received a Notice of Suspension pertaining to my license. Who should I contact for help?

The Notice of Suspension provides an explanation of why your license was suspended and includes contact information for assistance and an Election of Rights form so that you may exercise your right to a hearing on the matter.

I received an Administrative Complaint pertaining to my license. Who should I contact for help?

The Administrative Complaint provides an explanation regarding why action is being initiated by FDACS against your license and includes contact information for assistance and an Election of Rights form so that you may exercise your right to a hearing on the matter.

How can I file a complaint about an individual, agency, school or instructor providing private investigative services, private security services or recovery services?

Contact the regional office nearest you or you may use our online form to file your complaint.

How do I obtain a copy of a public record?

Submit a public records request to FDACS.