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Private Guard, Private Investigator, Armed Guard: Licence (Individual)

Who Needs This Licence?
  Any person who wants to act as a Private Guard, Private Investigator or Armed Guard in the Province of Nova Scotia.
Issuing Department / Agency:
  N.S. Department of Justice, Public Safety and Security Division, Security Programs Office
Where can you get this Permit and / or further information?


Security Programs Office
Public Safety and Security Division
N.S. Department of Justice



or toll free 1-888-760-5577





Ground floor
5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, NS  B3J 2L7


PO Box 7
Halifax, NS  B3J 2L6


Application Forms & Process:

Security individuals cannot contract their services as sole proprietors.  A company licensed to carry on the business or practice of providing private investigators, private guards or armed guards must employ them.

Individuals must make an application through the company before submitting the application to the Security Programs Office.

When the application is received, a police records and background check will be conducted on the applicant to determine if the applicant has a criminal history which will disqualify him/her from holding a valid licence.

Applications for a license or a license renewal shall be submitted to the Department of Justice, Security Programs Office on the prescribed form.  Applicants applying for a private investigator, private guard or armed guard licence must:

  • be at least 19 years of age;
  • be a Canadian citizen or a person with landed immigrant status or work visa;
  • not be an active regular member of a police service with peace officer status;
  • have no disqualifying criminal history.
Waiting Period:
  2 to 10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal:
  Every license and renewal of a license expires on March 31 of each year unless sooner suspended or revoked. Renewal notices are sent out to the company before the license expires.
Price & Payment:  (No tax is charged)

Application fees for licences are payable to "Minister of Finance" by cheque or money order.  Application fees for licences are processing fees and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Initial application and annual renewal

- application for a licence to act as private investigator: $25.40

- application for a licence to act as private guard: $25.40

- application for a licence to act as an armed guard: $25.40

- application for a licence to act as private investigator and private guard: $38.70

Related Requirements:
Additional Information:

The applicant must have no disqualifying criminal history as per Department of Justice screening criteria policy.

Every applicant for an armed guard licence must produce proof that they are a holder of a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) and an Authorization to Carry (ATC) pursuant to the Firearms Act.

Legislative Authority:

Private Investigators and Private Guards Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 356

Private Investigators and Private Guards Regulations, made under Section 26 of the Private Investigators and Private Guards Act.

Criminal Code of Canada

Last Updated: April 2013

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