Licensing Area: Private Detective and Guard

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information for Frequently Called Numbers

Professional and Vocational Licensing
(808) 586-3000

  • Request an application
  • Inquire about licensing requirements
  • Applicants can check on the status of an application
  • Inquire about licensee maintenance requirements

RICO Consumer Resource Center
(808) 587-3295 or (808) 587-4272

Business Registration Division

Executive Officer

Charlene Tamanaha

(808) 586-2705

Residents on the neighbor islands may call by dialing the following toll free numbers followed by the last 5 digits of the phone numbers above and the # sign:

Kauai 274-3141
Maui 984-2400
Hawaii 974-4000
Lanai & Molokai 1-800-468-4644

Att: PDG
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801


License Categories

  • Private Detective or Guard Agency
  • Private Detective or Guard
  • Guard Employee


On-time renewals for the licensing period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018 begins on Monday, May 9, 2016 and ends midnight (HST) Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Renewal postcard reminders for Private Detective (PDA) or Guard (GDA) Agency, Private Detective (PD) or Guard (GD) and Guard Employee (GDE) license types will be mailed out May 6, 2016.

Notice to Private Detective and Guard employers

All online renewals will need to be submitted through “MyPVL” at

“MyPVL” and Renewal FAQs

To be guaranteed a pocket card by June 30, 2016
Renewals should be submitted by May 31, 2016

All Guard Employees (GDE) are required to have completed 4 hours of a Board approved continuing education (CE) course given by an instructor which has been approved by the Board in order to renew their registration.  Each guard registrant shall certify on the renewal application that they have satisfied the CE requirements.  DO NOT SUBMIT CE CERTIFICATES WITH YOUR RENEWAL APPLICATION.

RANDOM AUDIT of Guard Employees: After the renewal period, the Board shall conduct a random audit, and for those selected, a notice will be sent from the Board and they will have 60 days to submit proof of having complied with the CE requirement.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action being taken against their guard employee registration.  Registrants shall maintain their own continuing education records.

Biennial June 30 every even numbered year.

Failure to timely renew by the renewal date will result in the forfeiture of the license. After the renewal date, the forfeited license may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements. Failure to restore a forfeited license within 1 year after the renewal date will result in the termination of the license and the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current licensing requirements.

Late renewals/restorations for GDE license types with a license expiration date of June 30, 2016 must be submitted by hardcopy and must include proof of completion of the required (4) hour continuing education (CE) course and are subject to a late renewal fee.  Contact the DCCA/PVL to request a restoration application.

Pursuant to Section 436B-14.5, HRS , any license held by a member of the armed forces, National Guard, or a reserve component that expires, is forfeited, or deemed delinquent while the member is on active duty and deployed during a state or national crisis shall be restored if certain restoration requirements are met. Military Renewal and Restoration Information Sheet.

Regulating Body

Board of Private Detectives and Guards

Board Composition
7 Members

Ray Galas, Public, Chairperson

Albert Denis, Industry, Vice-Chairperson

Kenneth Chang, Industry

Tivoli Faaumu, Police Chief

Douglas Inouye, Public

Darryl Perry, Police Chief

Catherine P. Awakuni Colón, Ex-officio/Director of DCCA


1 Private Detective
1 Guard
2 Chiefs of Police
2 Public
Director of DCCA as Ex-Officio