Private Security Person


Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 278, beginning August 1, 2018, prior to submitting an application for a credential, an individual may apply to the Department for a determination of whether the individual would be disqualified from obtaining the credential due to his or her conviction record.  To apply for a predetermination, please fill out Form #3085 and submit all required documentation specified on the form.  Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 111.335(4)(e), the offenses or kinds of offenses that may result in a refusal, bar, or termination of licensure are published under Additional Resources on the left side of this page.

Fee Reduction

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 319, beginning August 1, 2018, an applicant for an initial credential may apply for a reduction of the initial credential fee that is equal to 10% of the initial fee.  Qualification is based on the federal adjusted gross income being at or below 180% of the federal poverty guideline prescribed for the applicant's family household size by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To determine eligibility please visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website at, prior to submitting Form 3217.

Permit Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Private Security Permit credential is 08/31/even years.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.

A firearms permit must be obtained from the Department in order to carry a firearm while on duty as a private detective, except as provided in Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 34.01 (5) to (8).  See Firearms Permit page for additional information.

Felony Bar

Pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 440.26(2)(c)2 and 440.26(5m)(a)2, and Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 31.02(3)(b)​, the Department is prohibited from issuing a Private Security Permit to any person who has been convicted of a felony and who has not been pardoned for that felony. Therefore, if an applicant has EVER been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin or any other state and has not been pardoned for that felony conviction, their application will be denied. There are no exceptions.

Application for Permit (Including for a Permit Expired Five Years or more)

First time applicants may use the Online Licensure Application System (OLAS).

2271Application for Private Security Permit
​3217​Application for Fee Reduction (If applying for a fee reduction, this form must accompany the application for the credential.)
2687Authorization for Release of FBI Information
3038​Addendum to OLAS for Security Professions
3076Notice of Private Security Person or Private Detective - Employment Termination
2323​Notice of Private Security Person - New Employment
​3085​Application for Predetermination
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges
3071​Fax Payment Form

Renewal Information


  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG (Signature regarding previous arrests/convictions and/or pending charges.)
  • CIB (Criminal Background Check to be run by Department.)
  • AGY (Must be employed by a licensed agency to renew this credential.)
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or

Please note the following information in regards to all background checks (CIBs) required for your license renewal.  Please allow 7-10 business days, during the open renewal period, for completion of all CIB requirements.

Renewal Methods

RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
​2825​Renewal addendum to be used for renewal in lieu of specific individual renewal notices. This paperwork does not come prefilled with a license holder's information and would need to be completed in full, including license holders signature. Payments would remain the same ($27 for a standard renewal and $52 for a late renewal) and would need to have the payment form completed and returned together.
​2323​Notice of New Employment for Private Security Persons. (This form is required for any private security persons, within five (5) days of new employment.)
3076​Notice of Employment Termination of Private Security Persons or Private Detective Licenses. (Required for any private detective licenses that are being transferred to a new or different agency. There is no fee associated with the termination only.)
R210​​Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship.  Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form #R210.