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Dear Customers,

With effect from 23 April 2020, the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department will restrict over-the-counter services at the Police Cantonment Complex, 391 New Bridge Road, to attend only to services with pre-approved appointments. This move supports the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s implementation of elevated safe distancing measures.

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

3 We will attend to cases of persons who turn up without an appointment on a case-by-case basis, only if they have valid reasons, such as to make payment for services that cannot be done online. For collection of controlled item(s), please pay the license fee for the item(s) (if any) online, and email us at SPF_Licensing_Feedback@spf.gov.sg to arrange for collection.

4 Please use our online services on www.police.gov.sg/licence or email us at SPF_Licensing_Feedback@spf.gov.sg. Members of the public are advised to stay home and avoid going out. Please wear a mask when outside your homes, in accordance with the prevailing circuit breaker measures.

5 We seek your understanding for the change and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

6 Thank you.


A Private Investigator's licence is required if you are employed to perform any of the following functions:

 

a.     Obtain and furnish information on the personal character or actions of any person or as to the character, nature of the business or occupation of any person;

b.     Search for missing persons;

c.     Obtain and furnish information on the causes, origin of or responsibility for fires, libels, losses, incidents, damages or injuries to real or personal property;

d.     Locate or recover lost or stolen property or obtain information on that property; or

e.     Secure evidence for use in civil or criminal proceedings.

 

A licensed Private Investigator is not allowed to solicit for services on his own. Only the licensee of a Private Investigation Agency can advertise to provide private investigation services.



To be eligible for a Private Investigator's licence, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a fit and proper1 person e.g. free from criminal records
  2. Be a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident and above the age of 16

 

1 Section 21(8) of the Private Security Industry Act states that an applicant is not fit nor proper when the applicant:

(a) associates with a criminal in a way that indicates involvement in an unlawful activity;

(b) involves in dealings in which the applicant

    (i) shown dishonesty or lack of integrity;

    (ii) used harassing tactics; or

    (iii) suffered from a mental disorder;

(c) is an undischarged bankrupt or has entered into a composition with his debtors.


A copy of the Private Investigator licensing conditions can be found here


You are required to obtain the following documents before applying for a Private Investigator licence.

  1. Scanned Copy of Passport (for Singapore Permanent Resident)
  2. if applicable, WSQ certificate in ‘Perform Investigation Activities in Compliance with Legal Requirements (PI)’*

 

*You may apply for an exemption from the training requirement. Please click here to find out if you are eligible for exemption.


A non-refundable processing fee of $16 is required.


Five years.


At least 21 working days from the receipt of the application, processing fee and the necessary supporting documents (if required). Any incomplete or incorrect submission will be rejected.

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


You should receive the notification for renewal about 2-3 months before the expiry of your licence. Upon approval of the renewal application and payment of the prescribed fees, the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department will send the licence by post to the licensee’s registered mailing address.


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

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

Apply


You can amend the following information of your existing Private Investigator licence:

  1. Biodata*
  2. Training Records and Experience

*If the biodata to be amended/updated are the same data items found in MyInfo, you do not have to submit a separate request for update. Any changes/update in MyInfo will automatically update your licence records. You can also make a check via GoBusiness Licensing to confirm that your biodata has been updated as per MyInfo.  


You are required to obtain the following document before amending your existing Private Investigator licence.

 

For amendment of:

Documents required:

Biodata

No document is required as information will be verified by MyInfo.

 

Training Records

A scanned copy of the WSQ certificate in ‘Perform Investigation Activities in Compliance with Legal Requirements (PI)’

 



No fee is required.


About 7 working days from the receipt of the submission and the necessary documents, if required. Any incomplete or incorrect submission will be rejected.

You will be notified by post once your training record(s) has been updated. Alternatively, you can login to GoBusiness Licensing to view your application status.


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

The process may take around 15 minutes to complete.

Amend


You are permitted to terminate your existing Private Investigator licence any time before its expiration.

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


No document is required.


No fee is required.


Immediate upon the submission of your Cancellation Request.


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

The process may take around 10 minutes to complete.

Cancel


You can withdraw your application for a Private Investigation licence any time before licence approval.

Please be informed that there will be no refund of fees paid upon withdrawal of application.

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


No document is required.


No fee is required.


Immediate upon the submission of your Withdrawal Request.


You can download the step-by-step guide to assist you in your withdrawal at GoBusiness Licensing.


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

The process may take around 10 minutes to complete.

Withdraw


Under Section 20 of the Private Security Industry (Private Investigation and Security Agencies) Regulations 2009, all licensed Security Officers or Private Investigators must carry an ID card whilst on duty for identification purposes. The ID card does not confer any statutory powers on its holder.

More information on ID card can be found here.


You are required to pass the WSQ module ‘Perform investigation activities in compliance with legal requirement (PI) and submit the certificate of attainment* before you can be deployed.

You are given up to 3 months, upon approval of your Private Investigator licence, to complete the WSQ module.

Those who have not passed the module will be deemed as untrained private investigator and if deployed, will result in a breach of the Licensing Conditions.


You may apply for an exemption from the training requirement for Private Investigators if you fulfill any of the following criteria:

  1. At least one year of relevant investigative experience.
    Example, former officer from the Singapore Police Force, Central Narcotics Bureau or Corruption Practices Investigation Bureau with one year of investigation work experience.

     

  2. Obtained Private Investigator licence and passed any of the following course (before 1 September 2010):
  • Basic Investigation Course by Civil Service College/ Institute Public Administration & Management
  • Principles of Investigation module under the Diploma in Police Studies and Security Management by Temasek Polytechnic
  • Specialist Investigation Course conducted by CSC/IPAM
  • Certified Private Investigator by ASIS International
  • Basic Private Investigator's Course by Security Association (Singapore)/ Association of Professional Investigation (Singapore)

 

All applications for exemptions must be accompanied with supporting documentary proof of investigative experience in your former employment e.g. Certificate of Service stating applicant’s name, NRIC, past job positions, vocation, length of service and performance in service, and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

The documents, together with applicant’s NRIC or FIN number and contact details, can be emailed to SPF_Licensing_Feedback@spf.gov.sg with the subject title ‘Request for training exemptions for Mr/Ms <Name of Private Investigator>’.

Those with security-related academic qualifications or work experiences may seek permission to be assessed via the ASSESSMENT ONLY PATHWAY (AOP).

 

Only individuals who are exempted from the training requirements to be a licensed Private Investigator may apply for AOP.

 

To apply, the candidate is required to submit an application form and a duly completed Self-Assessment Checklist to POLWEL Approved Assessment Office for processing of application. Assessment will only be arranged if the candidate meets the exemption criteria, requirements of the Self-Assessment Checklist and full payment of the fee for the module. For more information on application for AOP, please visit POLWEL website.


If you are familiar with the application requirements and wish to apply now, please click here to proceed to GoBusiness Licensing. SingPass or CorpPass is required for login to GoBusiness Licensing.



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