Welcome! The Private Investigator’s Association of Virginia (PIAVA) is a 501c (6) non-profit organization consisting of Private Investigators who are registered with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Private Investigators licensed in states other than Virginia, as well as individuals working in areas related to the private security industry, may also join PIAVA.
Our members routinely share information, resources, training and business opportunities. Every member of PIAVA pledges to conduct their business in accordance with the organization’s professional Code of Ethics. In addition, together our members strive to increase consumer awareness regarding the value of hiring properly licensed, trained and experienced private investigators. Please visit the other pages on this website to learn more.
In Virginia, a "private investigator means any individual who engages in the business of, or accepts employment to make, investigations to obtain information on crimes or civil wrongs; the location, disposition, or recovery of stolen property; the cause of accidents, fires, damages, or injuries to persons or to property; or evidence to be used before any court, board, officer, or investigative committee."
It is important to note that, in Virginia, even though a person may be a Registered Private Investigator, only a Licensed PI Business can contract with a client to conduct an investigation. A Registered PI works for a PI business and is not permitted to have clients independent of a PI business. Any contract for an investigation must include the PI Business's License Number. A Licensed PI Business in VA will have a license number starting with "11-xxxx". A Registered PI will have a DCJS-issued identification card with a registration number starting with "99-xxxxx". To verify a Registration or a License with DCJS, go to this link Private Security Services - VA DCJS
To verify that a Private Investigator or a Private Investigative Business is a member of PIAVA, and has met its additional standards, please refer to the tab below. Thank you for your interest.
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