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.
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 https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines, prior to submitting Form 3217.
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.
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).
2271||Application for Private Security Permit|
|3217||Application for Fee Reduction (If applying for a fee reduction, this form must accompany the application for the credential.)|
2687||Authorization for Release of FBI Information|
3038||Addendum to OLAS for Security Professions|
3076||Notice 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|