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Private detective

A private detective may collect information on:

  • persons who are missing or in hiding and the perpetrators of pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage;
  • anonymous letters and the authors and senders thereof;
  • debtors and their property;
  • missing or lost objects;
  • evidence and facts required for the protection or proof of the rights and entitlements of a client before courts, other judicial authorities, and other authorities or organisations deciding on such rights in proceedings;
  • compliance with competition prohibitions and non-competition clauses;
  • the performance and business operations of business entities;
  • criminal offences prosecuted by private actions and the perpetrators thereof;
  • violations of the right to sick leave owing to illness or injury, violations of the exercise of the right to have employment-related travel expenses refunded, violations concerning alcohol and illicit drug abuse at work, and other disciplinary violations and violators.

A private detective can act as a process server and serve letters and other items on the addressee. When the service of process is governed by special regulations, a private detective must comply with the requirements in accordance with these regulations.

A private detective can provide advice to natural and legal persons on crime prevention.

A private detective can plan and effect measures to protect business secrets, information systems, and economic and personal data and information.

A private detective can exercise the entitlements conferred upon him or her by other Acts.


  • Individuals meeting the requirements for performing private detective services shall be entered in the register of private detectives performing private detective services kept by the Detective Chamber of the Republic of Slovenia.

    An application for a licence shall be lodged with the Detective Chamber of the Republic of Slovenia, which, if the application is complete, shall issue a licence and a private detective identification card to the applicant and enter him or her in the register of private detectives.


  • By being entered in the register of private detectives, an individual becomes a mandatory member of the Detective Chamber of the Republic of Slovenia. In doing so, he or she is obliged to pay the annual membership fee.

    In addition to granting to and withdrawing licences from private detectives and keeping the records thereon, the Chamber also carries out expert supervision of the work of private detectives, proposes a programme of professional training and provides periodic training for private detectives.

    Legal basis

Recognition of qualifications acquired abroad

There are following systems for the recognition of professional qualifications acquired in the EU:

Cross-border provisions of profession

Performance of the profession in Slovenia is possible on cross-border/temporary basis. You may start performing it after acquisition of a specific permit from Competent authority.