Board of Private Detectives and Guards

Private Detectives and Guards License Categories

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

APPLICANTS…

Criminal History Record Check Requirement...

* * * IMPORTANT – REQUIRED* * *
CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECK LICENSE REQUIREMENT
REQUIREMENTS:
  • All applicants are required to submit to a FBI fingerprint check through the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (“HCJDC”).
  • All officer, director, partner, manager or member of a detective or guard agency are required to submit to a FBI fingerprint check through the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (“HCJDC”).
  • To obtain a FBI National Criminal History Record Check and the State of Hawaii Criminal History Record Check, applicants shall be fingerprinted electronically at Fieldprint Inc. locations nationwide or any other fingerprinting agency approved to send electronic fingerprints to the HCJDC.
ELECTRONIC FINGERPRINTING
INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Please visit Fieldprint Inc., at: http://fieldprinthawaii.com to make an appointment or to inquire about other available site locations on the Continental United States, or call (877) 614-4361;
  • Fieldprint code that you must enter is HI-DCCA-PDSG (not case sensitive however hyphens are necessary);
  • The applicant shall bear the cost of the fingerprint processing and all fingerprinting fees shall be paid directly to Fieldprint; and
  •  You must file your license application within thirty (30) days of the fingerprinting to ensure that the results can be obtained.
  • If we are unable to obtain the results, you will be required to submit to the fingerprinting process again.
NOTE:
  • If you were previously fingerprinted by another board of private detective & guards or employer, you still have to submit to the electronic fingerprinting for a Hawaii license.  The Fieldprint code is specifically for Hawaii Board of detective & guards applicants.
  • If you do not use this code, HI-DCCA-PDSG (not case sensitive however hyphens are necessary), we will not be able to retrieve your report and you will have to go back to get fingerprinted and pay another fee.
  • Applicant Notification and Record Challenge: Your fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI.
  • Your fingerprints will also be retained by the HCJDC and the FBI for all purposes and uses authorized for fingerprint submissions, which may include participation in the state and national rap back programs.
  • You have the opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information contained in the FBI identification record.
  • The procedure for obtaining a change, correction, or updating an FBI identification record are set forth in Title 28, CFR, 16.34.

Check on the status of your application...

Check the status of your Pending Application at

https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/pvlsearch/  (Select “Pending Application”)

Please allow up to 7 business days for receipt and record of your status to appear on the web site

Application processing time is generally 15-20 business days, from receipt of a completed application.

Processing time may be longer or delayed for reasons below:

  • Application incomplete (missing information, fees, documents)
  • Pending receipt of 3rd party documents (education, experience, employment)
  • Pending Exam or Board/Program approval

Abandoned Applications...

Your application shall be considered abandoned, shall be destroyed, and all fees forfeited if you fail to secure a license within one year after filing the application, or if you fail to take and pass the examination within one year after becoming eligible to take the examination.

If an application is deemed abandoned, the applicant shall be required to reapply for licensure and comply with the licensing requirements in effect at the time of the reapplication.

To reapply, a new application, current fees and all required documentation would need to be provided again.

 

GUARD EMPLOYEE REGISTRATION INFORMATION…

For a Faster Turnaround of Guard Employee Applications

Guard Employee Registration Online Application

Apply Online via MyPVL:

https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/mypvl

  • Submit application and required documents online
  • Monitor the status of your application
  • Pay by credit card or checking account
  • Pay by subscriber account (employers only)

 

PROCEDURES FOR A FASTER TURNAROUND

OF GUARD EMPLOYEE APPLICATIONS

1) Make certain all required documents are submitted (application fee, training certificate, verification of high school or equivalency).

2) Applicants who answer “Yes” to questions 3, 4, 5, or 6 of the application, must submit all of the documentation required on pages 2 and 3 of the “Requirements & Instructions – Guard Registration”.

3) Applicants should answer “Yes” if they have any criminal convictions. Background checks may reveal conviction(s) and a deficiency or deferral will be sent requesting the required documentation and statements if not originally submitted. Sending deficiency letters, waiting for documentation to clear deficiencies, and Board review may add approximately 4 weeks to the review process.

4) If the high school educational documentation is in question, use the “Statement of Educational Background” form. The form must verify at least 4 years of work experience. If an applicant has only worked for 2 years, the applicant must obtain as many statements from former employers to verify at least 4 years. The forms must be signed and notarized.

 

GUARD INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION…

For Guard Instructors...

ALREADY LICENSED…

Use of Uniforms, Badges, Indentification and Emblems...

In accordance with Chapter 16-97-14, HAR, photographs of any uniform, emblem and badge (if being used) will be required for Board approval.

  • One set of photographs for police departments of each county where you intend to do business will also be required.
  • In addition, no licensee shall wear or permit an employee to wear any uniform, badge, identification or emblem similar in design as that of any government law enforcement agency.

Law Enforcement Badge Samples

Bond Requirements...

Each license* shall maintain a bond in force at all times. Failure to maintain bonding will result in the immediate and concurrent suspension of the license until such time a successor bond is filed.

*Does not apply to guard employee registrations

Principal Detective/Guard Requirements...

A corporation, partnership, joint venture, LLC or LLP must have in its employ at least one “Principal” detective or guard.

Employee Registration Requirements...

Pursuant to Chapter 16-97-15, HAR, List of employees, every sole proprietor shall submit an Employee Registration form on or before July 31st and January 31st after the end of each semi-annual period.

For guard agencies or sole proprietors providing guard services, the employee registration form (PDG-16a) shall list the name, address, guard employee registration number, date of hire and date of termination.

For detective agencies or sole proprietors providing detective services, the form (PDG-16) shall list the names, addresses, dates of birth, and the dates of hire and termination of all employees doing any type of investigative work, and other information required on the form.

These forms shall be filed even if no employees were hired or terminated.

Failure to do so shall result in the Board initiating an investigation for disciplinary action.

 

If you no longer have employees to stop the reporting requirements.

 

Apply for Other Status Change, Conversions, Principal...

Use Form for:

  • Entity with current license appointing a new Principal Detective/Guard or additional Principal Detective/Guard with current license
  • Principal Detective/Guard changing entity affiliation or presently a sole proprietor going to be a Principal Detective/Guard
  • Conversion to another entity

Inactivate or Reactivate Your License...

INACTIVATE LICENSE

Please be advised that a licensee on inactive status shall be considered as unlicensed and shall not engage in the practice of the licensed profession or vocation.

Any person who violates this prohibition shall be subject to discipline under this chapter and the laws and rules of the licensing authority for that license.

It shall be the responsibility of each licensee on inactive status to maintain knowledge of current licensing and renewal requirements

 

REACTIVATE LICENSE

For Private Detective, Guard and Agencies

 

For Guard Employee

 

Request for Address, Name Change or Duplicate License (pocket ID/wall certificate)

Incomplete requests will not be processed.

Please allow twenty (20) business days from receipt of your request:

  • For your change of name or address to be posted in our database
  • For your duplicate pocket ID or Wall Certificate to be mailed out

(Please note that your records will be updated only if your license is current.)

Request for a License Verification

Verification of licenses can be done on-line at no cost using our license search site at https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/pvlsearch.

You or the requesting agency will be able to obtain information such as original license date, license expiration date, license status, disciplinary action, etc.

The information downloaded from this site is official license information which state boards or other individuals can download for themselves.

If the above is not acceptable, please submit a written request.

Request must include:

  • The license name and license number
  • The complete name and mailing address that the verification is to be mailed to
  • Check for $15 license verification fee (check payable to Commerce and Consumer Affairs)

Mail Request To:

Licensing Branch-License Verification
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Please allow twenty (20) business days from receipt of your request for PVL standard verification reports to be mailed out.

Private Detectives and Guards Laws and Rules (HRS/HAR)

RENEWAL AND RESTORATION…

MyPVL...

What is MyPVL?

MyPVL is a home for all PVL licensees to access information and services 24/7 from a single dashboard.

  • View your license information (status, insurance, class, employees etc…)
  • Renew your license online
  • Update your address with your online renewal
  • Print a copy of your online renewal
  • Guard Employee Only – Restore your license online

How do I access MyPVL?

“Sign up” for a free eHawaii.gov account or “login” with your existing eHawaii.gov account at pvl.ehawaii.gov/mypvl

How to sign up/create free eHawaii.gov account -view help video

How to retrieve password, already have an account -view help video

Subscriber Account Payment Option...

Employers wishing to establish a subscriber account that will allow your guard employees to renew online using the subscriber number may do so for an annual fee. This will enable your employees to use your subscriber account for which you will be billed monthly. This avoids having to cut or submit separate checks!

For the PDG group which includes license types “PD”, “PDA”, “GD”, “GDA” and “GDE” the online renewal will allow payment by an eHawaii.gov Subscriber Services Account.

There will be 3 options for PDG licensees to pay for their renewal online.

  1. Pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card)
  2. Pay by eCheck (financial institution checking or savings account)
  3. Pay by Subscriber account (requires applying for a subscriber account)

 

SUBSCRIBER ACCOUNT

  • One subscriber account may be used by multiple licensees for each renewal payment.
  • There is a $75.00 annual fee for a subscriber account.
  • All subscriber accounts are billed monthly.
  • Subscriber account may also be used for other eHawaii.gov services.

To use the subscriber account payment option: You MUST sign up for an eHawaii.gov Subscriber Account first.

Allow 3- 4 days for processing.

 

FOR INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP FOR A SUBSCRIBER ACCOUNT

Subscriber Services:  https://portal.ehawaii.gov/page/subscriber-services/

Monthly Subscriber Account Agreement:  https://portal.ehawaii.gov/docs/subscriber_agreement-fillable.pdf

Monthly Billing Option Change Form:  https://portal.ehawaii.gov/docs/MonthlyBillingOptionChange.pdf

Subscriber Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs:  https://portal.ehawaii.gov/page/subscriber-faqs/

For assistance please contact eHawaii.gov customer service at (808) 695-4624.

 

GUARD EMPLOYEE…

Continuing Education Requirements...

FOUR (4) HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

Prior to the June 30, 2021 renewal and every renewal thereafter, (2024, 2027, 2030, etc.) guard employees shall be required to take a 4-hour Board approved course during the triennial period given by an instructor approved by the Board to renew the guard registration.

The board may conduct a random audit to determine whether the continuing education requirements have been met.

ONE TIME CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) EXEMPTION

A guard employee issued a new registration within one-year prior to the applicable renewal date (July 1 – July 30, 2021, 2024, 2027, etc.) shall not be required to complete the 4-hour CE training for the first renewal. This guard employee shall, however, meet the continuing education requirements for all subsequent renewals.

Renewal Requirements...

RENEWAL INFORMATION (Guard Employee)

Triennial by June 30 every (3) years, (2021, 2024, 2027)

First triennial renewal began on June 30, 2018

On-time renewals for the licensing period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021 begins May 7, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2018
Renew Online via MyPVL:  https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/mypvl
Renewals Accepted: May 7, 2018 to June 30, 2018
Renewal Postcard Reminder Mailed: May 4, 2018
Renew By License Expiration: June 30, 2018

 

On-Time Cost to Renew
Guard Employee (GDE) – active status, $105.00
Guard Employee (GDE) – inactive status, $12.00

 

PROCESSING TIME FOR RENEWALS:  (Early submittals are strongly recommended)
  • Processing times are average and subject to registrant meeting all requirements.
  • Processing times may be longer due to high volume of renewals received.
Online Hardcopy
3-5 Business Days 14-21 Business Days
Pocket IDs issued 7-14 Business Days After Renewal is Processed and Registration is Renewed.
CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR RENEWAL AT: https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/search  (select “Pending Application”)

 

Hardcopy renewal form may be requested 8 weeks before registration expiration by contacting:  The Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch at (808) 586-3000 OR

Pick up at office location: King Kalakaua Building 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Hours of Operation: The DCCA will be open 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM (Hawaii Standard Time), Monday to Friday, except state holidays.

All registrations, regardless of issuance date, are subject to renewal by June 30 of each triennial year.

Registrations not renewed by the renewal date of June 30 of each triennial renewal year are forfeited and the holders of forfeited registrations are considered unregistered and may not practice.

The forfeited registration may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements.

 

GUARD EMPLOYEE RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS (for the licensing period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023)

FOUR (4) HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

Prior to the June 30, 2021 renewal and every renewal thereafter, (2024, 2027, 2030, etc.) guard employees shall be required to take a 4-hour Board approved course during the triennial period given by an instructor approved by the Board to renew the guard registration.

The board may conduct a random audit to determine whether the continuing education requirements have been met.

ONE TIME CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) EXEMPTION

A guard employee issued a new registration within one-year prior to the applicable renewal date (July 1 – July 30, 2021, 2024, 2027, etc.) shall not be required to complete the 4-hour CE training for the first renewal. This guard employee shall, however, meet the continuing education (CE) requirements for all subsequent renewals.

Restoration Requirements...

RESTORATION INFORMATION (Guard Employee)

The forfeited registration may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements.

Restorations of forfeited licenses are accepted until June 30 of the following year after the triennial renewal year with a penalty fee.  After June 30, restoration is not accepted and a new application for a registration is required.

Failure to restore a forfeited registration within 1 year after the renewal date will result in the termination of the registration and the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current registration requirements.

 

Restorations  for the licensing period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020
Restore Online via MyPVL:  https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/mypvl
Restorations Accepted: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Restore By: June 30, 2019

 

Cost to Restore (late renewal)
Guard Employee (GDE) – active status, $120.00
Guard Employee (GDE) – inactive status, $27.00

Hardcopy restoration form may be requested by contacting:  The Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch at (808) 586-3000 OR

Pick up at office location: King Kalakaua Building 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Hours of Operation: The DCCA will be open 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM (Hawaii Standard Time), Monday to Friday, except state holidays.

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.

 

PRIVATE DETECTIVE, GUARD AND AGENCY…

Renewal Requirements...

RENEWAL INFORMATION (Private Detective, Guard, Agency)

Biennial by June 30 every even numbered year.

On-time renewals for the licensing period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020 begins May 7, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2018
Renew Online via MyPVL:  https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/mypvl
Renewals Accepted: May 7, 2018 to June 30, 2018
Renewal Postcard Reminder Mailed: May 4, 2018
Renew By License Expiration: June 30, 2018

 

On-Time Cost to Renew
Private Detective (PD) or Guard (GD) – active status, $344.00
Private Detective (PD) or Guard (PD) – inactive status, $12.00
Private Detective (PDA) or Guard Agency (GDA) – active status, $408.00
Private Detective (PDA) or Guard Agency (GDA) – inactive status, $12.00

 

PROCESSING TIME FOR RENEWALS:  (Early submittals are strongly recommended)
  • Processing times are average and subject to licensee meeting all requirements.
  • Processing times may be longer due to high volume of renewals received.
Online Hardcopy
3-5 Business Days 14-21 Business Days
Pocket IDs issued 7-14 Business Days After Renewal is Processed and License is Renewed.
CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR RENEWAL AT: https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/search  (select “Pending Application”)

 

Hardcopy renewal form may be requested 8 weeks before license expiration by contacting:  The Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch at (808) 586-3000 OR

Pick up at office location: King Kalakaua Building 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Hours of Operation: The DCCA will be open 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM (Hawaii Standard Time), Monday to Friday, except state holidays.

All licenses, regardless of issuance date, are subject to renewal by June 30 of each even-numbered year.

Licenses not renewed by the license expiration date of June 30 of each even-numbered year are forfeited and the holders of forfeited licenses are considered unlicensed and may not practice.

The forfeited license may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements.

 

PRIVATE DETECTIVE, GUARD, AGENCY RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

FIRMs and SOLE PROPRIETORs (Active Status) Must be current with the below at the time of renewal:

Bond, valid thru July 1, of each even-numbered year
Designated Principal Private Detective/Guard 
 All Principals must also be renewed before license will be renewed.

 

PRIVATE DETECTIVEs and GUARDs (Active Status)

Bond, valid thru July 1, of each even-numbered year
Employer must also be renewed before license will be renewed.

Restoration Requirements...

RESTORATION INFORMATION (Private Detective, Guard, Agency)

The forfeited license may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements.

Restorations of forfeited licenses are accepted until June 30 of the even-numbered year with a penalty fee.  After June 30, restoration is not accepted and a new application for licensure is required.

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.

 

Restorations  for the licensing period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020
Restorations Accepted: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Restore By: June 30, 2019

 

Cost to Restore (late renewal)
Private Detective (PD) or Guard (GD) – active status, $419.00
Private Detective (PD) or Guard (GD) – inactive status, $87.00
Private Detective (PDA) or Guard Agency (GDA) – active status, $508.00
Private Detective (PDA) or Guard Agency (GDA) – inactive status, $112.00

Hardcopy restoration form may be requested by contacting:  The Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch at (808) 586-3000 OR

Pick up at office location: King Kalakaua Building 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Hours of Operation: The DCCA will be open 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM (Hawaii Standard Time), Monday to Friday, except state holidays.

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

Qualifications

1 Private Detective

1 Guard

2 Chiefs of Police

2 Public

Director of DCCA as Ex-Officio

Board of Private Detectives and Guards Meeting Schedule

Meeting agendas are posted on the State Calendar site at least six calendar days before the meeting.

Board Meeting Schedule 

Board of Private Detectives and Guards Meeting Minutes