Renew your license: Private investigators

Renew as an individual who works for or provides training to a licensed private investigative agency. The process for renewing a license is the same for both armed and unarmed private investigator licenses.

Renew your license

  • You must renew your license every year.
  • You can renew up to 120 days before your license expires
  • Renewal fee: $193 + $15 (for certified trainer endorsement, if applicable).
  • If your license is not renewed within a year past the expiration, it will be canceled and need to be reinstated.

Renewal requirements

If necessary, update your contact information online before you renew your license.

How to renew your license

You can renew your license online or by mail.

Renew your license online

You'll receive your license faster by renewing and paying online.

Log into SecureAccess Washington (SAW)

Don't have a SAW account? Learn how to create a SAW account.

Renew your license by mail

Complete a Private Investigator License Application and Renewal and mail with a check or money order (payable to Department of Licensing) for the renewal fee to:

Private Investigator Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

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