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The Private Security Authority, which was established pursuant to the Private Security Services Act 2004, is the statutory body with responsibility for the licensing and regulating the private security industry in Ireland.

Regulatory Impact Analysis - Private Investigator Sector

The Private Security Authority has published a Regulatory Impact Analysis "Licensing the Private Investigator Sector of the Private Security Industry”. This process offers private investigators, industry stakeholders, interested parties and the public an opportunity to comment on the Regulatory Impact Analysis.

Our Regulatory Impact Analysis is available here


To apply for or renew an Employee Licence please follow these steps:

1. Make an application online at

2. Pay the required fee using a debit/credit card.

3. An application form printed with the details provided by you will be posted out to you within 5 days.

4. The application form must be signed by you on the front and back pages and your photo attached.

5. The signed application form should be returned in the envelope provided together with all required documents.

Click here to apply now


Forms for Download
Forms relating to Contractor Applications/Renewals can be downloaded from the following link: Contractors

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