Private Investigator Licence Application



  1. What is the definition of a private investigator?
    Please see Section 5 Meaning of “private investigator” under the Private Security Industry Act.

  2. What is the difference between a Private Investigation Agency licence and Private Investigator licence?
    Private Investigation Agency licence is issued to agency which will accept assignments and contracts.
    Private investigator licence is issued to individuals who are employed to perform the private investigation work.

  3. Can an individual private investigator solicit for services on his own?
    No, only the licensee of the private investigation agency licence can advertise to provide private investigation services.

  4. Who can apply to be a private investigator?
    Only Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for a Private Investigator License..

  5. How do I apply for a private investigator licence?
    You may apply for a private investigator licence with your SINGPASS here. The fee for private investigator licence application is $16.

  6. I am a Director / Partner / Sole-Proprietor of an agency issued with Private Investigation Agency licence, must I go online to apply for my individual licence?
    You will need to apply for the individual private investigator licence if you are performing the actual or part of the private investigation work defined in Section 5 of the Private Security Industry Act.

  7. I am a new private investigator wanting to work for an agency, must I go online to apply for my licence?
    Yes. You will be required to obtain your “Singpass” to log-on to The fee is $16.

  8. How long do I have to wait before I know the outcome of my application?
    For private investigators, at least 14 working days upon receipt of your payment.

  9. How do I submit my certificates and supporting documents?
    Please scan the documents and upload them to You may also fax them to us at Tel: 65573485 with the acknowledgement receipt generated from your online

  10. What are the conditions that I must adhere to if my licence is to be approved?
    Please refer to the licensing conditions above.

  11. Under what situation can my licence be suspended or revoked?
    For example, if you have been charged in the Courts, arrested or under investigation by law enforcement agencies.

  12. If I do not wish to keep my licence, what should I do?
    You may write to PLRD to terminate your licence. You may also login to the function “Termination of Licence” to terminate your licence using your licence number.

  13. What should I do if I change my residential address?
    You only need to report the change of address with any Neighbourhood Police Centre, Neighbourhood Police Post or Police Station. Our system will be notified of your latest address from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.


  1. I obtained my Private investigator licence before 1.9.2010, how do I seek training exemption?
    If you fulfil the exemption, you may complete Annex B and attached copy of your document. Both Annex B and copies of documents may be submit via fax to 65573485 or scan and email to us at

  2. I obtained my private investigator licence after 1.9.2010, what is the training requirement?
    Upon successful application of your private investigator licence, you will be given up to 3 months to complete the WSQ module “Perform Investigation Activities in Compliance with Legal Requirements (PI). Upon passing the module, please inform PLRD to update your training records.

  3. Where can I find out more about the WSQ training requirement for Private investigator?
    You may refer to the website http://ntuclearninghub .com/security-wsq/PI.asp.
    Alternatively, you may contact the NTUC Learning Hub at 64712223 or email to if you have any queries.

    A copy of the brochure can be downloaded here.

SECURITY ID CARD (You may refer to more information here)

  1. I obtained my Private investigator licence and passed the WSQ training, can I apply for ID card?
    You may apply for your security ID card if you are licensed and passed the WSQ training.

  2. If I had my private investigator licence and security ID card, do I have to attend the WSQ training?
    Yes, you have to fulfil the training requirements stipulated under the licensing conditions of private investigator.

  3. Do I need to make another ID card if I possess both security officer licence and private investigator licence?
    You will only need to hold 1 security ID card even if you possess both security officer licence and private investigator licence.

  4. Where can I find more information on the Security ID card?
    For more information of Security ID card, you may refer to the Security ID card section here.

Last Updated on 21 April 2016