Become a Private Investigator or Security Guard in WV
As the only professional organization in West Virginia that represents both the Private Investigator and Security Guard industries, the Private Investigator and Security Professionals of WV (PISPWV) often receives inquiries about how to become a PI or SG. If you run a simple Google search, you will find dozens of articles about the process. The official answer about how to obtain a license is to query the licensing authority for that license; in West Virginia, the licensing authority for Security Guards and Private Investigators is the Secretary of State of West Virginia (WVSOS).
Here's the nitty gritty (but remember: see WVSOS for the official requirements):
Get it from the source: https://sos.wv.gov/business/Pages/PISGLicInfo.aspx
JULY 2016 - APPLICATION CHANGES: New procedures for PI and Security Guard applicants are coming soon, now that the law has passed requiring a federal criminal history check. While most everything will remain the same for applicants and the process, there are a couple of procedural changes that will affect applicants directly. These changes affect only the fingerprinting process.