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Apply Online

  1. Complete the Website Application template by clicking the NEXT button below, then fill in the requested information on each page and press the Submit button displayed at the end of the process.
  2. Pay your membership application fee online using the link provided on the last page.
  3. We will contact you to ask for any additional information or documentation that maybe required in order to process your membership application.

Apply By Mail

  1. Download and complete the written PIAVA Membership Application form.
  2. Attach a copy of your Virginia DCJS Private Investigator’s Registration Card, your DCJS Private Security Business License or a copy of any other applicable licenses to your application.
  3. Provide the names of at least three (3) references with phone numbers. References must be individuals who have known you for a minimum of five (5) years, who can speak to your honesty, integrity and discretion and are willing to answer questions about your background.
  4. Attach a check made payable to PIAVA to your application package for $75.00 for a Regular Membership, or $65.00 for an Associate Membership.
  5. Send your completed application package to us via the U.S. Mail at the following address:

    P.O. Box 1115
    Fairfax, Virginia 22038

Applicant Information

First Name:  

Last Name:

Address 1:

Address 2:






Create Online Account Information

Please create a username and password for your account. Once your account is activated, you will use these to access your account and update your profile informaiton.



License Information

DCJS Registration #: 

DCJS License Expiration Date:   

Other DCJS Registered Categories: 

Other State & Lic/Reg #s:

Has your private investigative registration or License in any jurisdiction ever been suspended or revoked?

Have you ever been convicted of a crime in any jurisdiction?

Your Investigative Specialty or Experience: 


Please provide the full name, address and contact telephone number for three (3) people who have known you for a minimum of five years and who can speak to your honesty, integrity and discretion and are willing to answer questions about your background.

For Licensed Private Investigative Agencies

Name of Business: 

Business Address: 




Business Phone: 



DCJS License #: 

DCJS License Expiration Date:   

Licensed Since: 

Other State Licenses: 

Virginia Regions Serviced:

Membership Types

Regular Members: Open to private investigators registered with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). This membership is open only to individuals and is not transferable. (Application Fee/Initial Dues: $75.00).

Associate Members: Open to licensed private investigators from States other than Virginia; to individuals who are registered by DCJS in other private security categories; and any industry related individuals. (Application Fee/Initial dues: $65.00).

Select Membership Type: 


Affidavit / Waiver For All Regular Membership Applicants: I certify that I am registered as a private investigator in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I understand that maintaining a valid registration as a private investigator in the Commonwealth of Virginia is a prerequisite to both my admission as a Regular Member and continuing my Regular Membership in the Association.

Affidavit / Waiver For All Applicants: I agree to abide by the Bylaws and Code of Ethics of PIAVA and understand that a violation could result in the suspension or revocation of my membership. Should there be an action or claim against me, I agree to furnish PIAVA with all information relative to such claim or action within 30 days of receiving notice of such claim or action. I understand that my failure to notify PIAVA may be grounds for action concerning continued membership in PIAVA. I also give my full consent and authorization to PIAVA, its Officers and their Agents to inquire into such claim/action and inquire into my reputation, character and fitness for membership. I understand that failure to respond to requests for information or submitting false information will result in suspension or revocation of my membership.

I hereby agree to release and hold harmless the PIAVA organization, its officers, members, and agents from all liability, claims, injuries (actual or implied) in matters emanating from any such inquiry. I agree to abide by the decision of the Board of Directors of PIAVA, and expressly waive any right to dispute that decision and agree to waive any right to take any action, legal or otherwise, against PIAVA, its Officers, Directors, members, or Agents.

I certify that the entries made on this application are true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and are made in good faith. I also authorize the verification of all information contained herein.

By checking the box below box, I certify that I have read and agree to the terms outlined in the above certification statement 

Our Membership Approval Process

  1. Once received all membership application packages are checked for completeness, that all of the required enclosures were attached and that the payment for the first year’s membership fee was included.
  2. The status of every applicant’s registration is verified though DCJS, or through the appropriate licensing authority if licensed outside of Virginia and applying for Associate Membership.
  3. Each of the applicant’s listed references are contacted and interviewed.
  4. Once all references have been interviewed the names of each applicant are read out loud at our next Regular Member’s Meeting. This is to allow our members the opportunity to comment on each prospective member of the Association.
  5. Based on the results of the steps outlined above, a recommendation is made to either approve or deny membership in the Association to PIAVA’s Board of Directors.
  6. The Board of Directors vote on whether to approve or deny each applicant for membership.
  7. All applicants are notified in writing of the status of their membership application with PIAVA.


PIAVA maintains the right to ask for clarification of any details included on a person’s membership application, to include requiring additional supporting documentation and/or references. Membership may be denied to any applicant who fails to fully cooperate with our membership application process; who knowingly provides false or misleading information during the application process; or when it is determined by the Board of Directors to be in the best interest of the Association. Applicants who are not approved for membership will be refunded their initial membership dues payment within sixty (60) days of the date they were denied membership.

Applicants who are denied membership in the Association may appeal the decision within ninety (90) days of receiving such notice. To do so, the applicant must state their concerns in writing and addressed to PIAVA’s Board of Directors at the address shown above. The applicant should include any new information and documentation that might be pertinent at this time. The Board will acknowledge receipt of all appeals when received and review the matter at the next scheduled Board Meeting. The applicant will then be advised in writing of the Board’s ruling on the matter.

If you have any questions about membership or our application process, please contact our President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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