2019 Georgia Code
Title 43 - Professions and Businesses
Chapter 38 - Operators of Private Detective Businesses and Private Security Businesses
§ 43-38-3. Definitions

Universal Citation: GA Code § 43-38-3 (2019)
  • As used in this chapter, the term:
    • (1) "Board" means the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies, a professional licensing board.

    • (2) "Law enforcement agency" means an agency responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws and ordinances enacted by federal, state, and local governing authorities.

    • (3) "Private detective business" means the business of obtaining or furnishing, or accepting employment to obtain or to furnish, information with reference to:

      • (A) Crimes or wrongs done or threatened against the United States of America or any state or territory thereof;

      • (B) The background, identity, habits, conduct, business, employment, occupation, assets, honesty, integrity, credibility, knowledge, trustworthiness, efficiency, loyalty, activity, movement, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, acts, reputation, or character of any person;

      • (C) The location, disposition, or recovery of lost or stolen property;

      • (D) The cause or responsibility for fires, libels, losses, accidents, damage, or injury to persons or property;

      • (E) The securing of evidence in the course of the private detective business to be used before any court, board, officer, or investigating committee; or

      • (F) The protection of individuals from serious bodily harm or death.

    • (4) "Private security business" means engaging in the business of, or accepting employment to provide, any or all of the following:

      • (A) Private patrol service;

      • (B) Watchman service;

      • (C) Guard service;

      • (D) Armored car service; or

      • (E) The protection of persons from death or serious bodily harm.


Ga. L. 1973, p. 40, § 2; Ga. L. 1981, p. 1828, § 2; Ga. L. 2000, p. 1161, § 1; Ga. L. 2000, p. 1706, § 15.

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