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A Private Investigation Agency's licence is required if your company is involved in any of the following:

a.    Engage in the business of supplying, for reward, the services of private investigators to other persons; or

 

b.    Advertise, or in any way hold out, that the person supplies for reward, or is willing to supply for reward, the services of private investigators.



Private Investigation Agency Licensing Criteria

To be eligible for a Private Investigation Agency’s licence, the business entity must meet the following criteria:

1. Be registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA);

2. An initial paid-up capital of $50,000;

3. Have at least 2 Directors/partners;

4. All directors/partners must be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents of Singapore

5. All the directors/partnersmust fulfil the following:

a) fit and proper persons1;

b) Possess a valid Private Investigator’slicence;

c) Unless exempted by the Licensing Officer, be certified competent in theWSQ module of "Perform Investigation Activities in Compliance with Legal Requirements (PI)”;

d) Possess aminimum of 3 years' experience in investigation-related work (for non-law enforcement officers) or a minimum of 2 years' experience in investigation work (for ex-law enforcement officers)

e) Possessa minimum of 2 years' experience in a management position e.g. holding a supervisory post

 

1Section21(8) of the Private Security Industry Act states thata person or an officer of a business entity is not a fit and proper person if he:

(a) associates with a criminal in a way that indicates involvement in an unlawful activity;
(b) involves in dealings in which the person
(i) shown dishonesty or lack of integrity; or
(ii) used harassing tactics;
(c) suffered or suffers from a mental disorder;or
(d) is an undischarged bankrupt or has entered into a composition with his debtors.

Updated as of 9 March 2020

Licensing Condition

A copy of the licensing conditions can be found here.

Documents Required

You are required to obtain the following documents before applying for a Private Investigation Agency's licence.

  1. Company letter (e.g. Certificate of Service indicating past postings or course certificates like Home Team Basic Investigation Course) that shows the following:
    • Minimum 3 years' experience in relevant investigation work. For ex-law enforcement officers, a minimum 2 years' experience is sufficient; and
    • Minimum 2 years' experience in management position e.g. holding a supervisory job
  2. Valid Private Investigator's licence of you and your partner(s) or Director(s)
  3. Certificate on WSQ module ‘Perform Investigation Activities in Compliance with Legal Requirements (PI)’
  4. Certificate of 3 GCE 'O" level passes, ITE NTC 2 or its equivalent.
  5. Agency possess start-up capital of at least $50,000
  6. Proposed agency name does not infringe copyright or trademark of other entities and products

Fees

A non-refundable fee of $400 is required.

Validity

The license will be valid for 1 year.

Processing Time

About 4 to 6 weeks from the receipt of the application and the necessary supporting documents. Any incomplete or incorrect submission will be rejected.

You may also be required to attend an interview with the Licensing Officer.

You will be notified of the outcome via post. Alternatively, you can login to GoBusiness Licensing to view your application status.

Submission of Application

You will be directed to GoBusiness Licensing webpage which will require you to sign in using your CorpPass.

The process may take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

Apply


A Notice of Renewal of the Private Investigation Agency licence will be mailed to the company’s Director or Point-of-Contact, approximately two months before the expiry of the existing licence.

The Renewal Notice will provide detailed information on the requirements to submit a renewal application.

You are required to submit the completed application form for licence renewal within 14 days from the date of the letter, via post to:

OC Licensing 
Security Industry Division 
Police Licensing & Regulatory Department 
391 New Bridge Road #02-701 
Police Cantonment Complex 
Singapore 088762

Fees

A non-refundable fee of $400 is required.

Processing Time

About 4 to 6 weeks from the receipt of the application and the necessary supporting documents. Any incomplete or incorrect submission will be rejected.

You will be notified of the outcome via post.



You are permitted to cancel your existing Private Investigation Agency's licence any time before its expiration.

Please be informed that there will be no refund upon cancelling the existing Private Investigation Agency's licence.

Fees

No fee is required.

Processing Time

Processing time is immediate upon receipt of your Cancellation Request.

Submission of Cancellation Request

You will be directed to GoBusiness Licensing webpage which will require you to sign in using your CorpPass.

The process may take around 10 minutes to complete.

Cancel


You can withdraw your application for a Private Investigation Agency's Licence any time before the licence is approved. 

If licence has been approved and issued, you will have to submit a request to cancel the licence.

Fees

No fee is required.

Processing Time

Processing time is immediate upon the submission of your Withdrawal Request.

Submission of Withdrawal

You will be directed to GoBusiness Licensing webpage which will require you to sign in using your CorpPass.

The process may take around 10 minutes to complete.

Wtihdraw


A copy of the licensing conditions can be found here.

To download a copy of your Private Investigation Agency’s active staff list, login to GoBusiness using your company’s CorpPass and follow the following steps: 

  1. Select “Licensed Entities”
  2. Select “Singapore Police Force” > Enquiry on Existing SPF Licences
  3. At “Licence Type” drop down box, select “Private Investigation Agency Licence”
  4. Select “Active Staff List” from the “Enquiry Type” drop down box
  5. Enter the Licence No. and click the search button

To check on the Private Investigators’ training status, login to GoBusiness using your company’s CorpPass and follow the following steps: 

  1. Select “Licensed Entities”
  2. Select “Singapore Police Force” > Enquiry on Existing SPF Licences
  3. At “Licence Type” drop down box, select “Private Investigation Agency Licence”
  4. Select “Individual Licence” from the “Enquiry Type” drop down box
  5. Enter the licensed Private investigator’s NRIC/FIN and click the search button
  6. System will display the officer’s particulars
  7. Click “View training records”

Prior to deployment, all licensed Private Investigators are required to pass and submit the statement of attainment for the WSQ module of ‘Perform investigation activities in compliance with legal requirement (PI)’

Those who have not passed the module will be deemed untrained Private Investigators and if deployed, will be in breach of the Licensing Conditions.


Dear Customers.

 

With effect from 1 August 2021, members of the public who wish to utilise counter services at the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department, Police Cantonment Complex (391 New Bridge Road) would be required to make an appointment in advance.

 

2.           To register for an appointment, please use the following link at www.picktime.com/policelicensing or the below QR code:

 

 

3.           Upon successful registration, members of the public will receive a notification with details of the scheduled appointments.

 

4.           For enquiries, please use our online services at www.police.gov.sg/licence or email us at SPF_Licensing_Feedback@spf.gov.sg.

 

5.           Thank you.


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