How to Become a Private Investigator in South Carolina

To become a Private Investigator in South Carolina is different from most other places. The difference is that South Carolina does not require much for you to work as a PI for a Private Investigator agency. A Private Investigator course or Private Investigator training is not even needed. You simply need to be employed/ registered under a licensed South Carolina PI agency. You will get a license for this: PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR EMPLOYEE. You will need a PI sponsor/ employer to get this license. However, you won’t have a South Carolina Private Investigator's license but you can work as one. This can be viewed as you being a Private Investigator under supervision. A full South Carolina PI license allows you to work for yourself (your own business). This requires you to have previous investigative experience (three years). A full PI license does not really exist in South Carolina. The equivalent is a PI business license. Other than investigative experience, to become a Private Investigator in South Carolina, you need to meet basic Private Investigator requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual PI requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you do "not" need to take a government approved PI licensing course or test (most other places you do). In South Carolina, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators is the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and experience to SLED, you will get your South Carolina PI business license. Most jurisdictions will have a PI beginner’s license. In South Carolina, this license is the Private Investigator Employee license. Getting this beginner's license is when your struggle will begin.

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