4501:5-1-08 License.

(A) The license required to be obtained by each licensee under the provisions of section 4749.03 of the Revised Code shall at all times be posted in a conspicuous place in the principal place of business of the licensee.

(1) Licensees shall, within ten days, notify the department of public safety in writing of any change of address of such principal place of business, or of any change of the business name or DBA designation under which the business is conducted.

(2) In the event of suspension, revocation or nonrenewal of the license issued under the provisions of section 4749.04 of the Revised Code, or if the business of the licensee under such license is discontinued for any other reason, the licensee shall immediately return the license to the department of public safety. If a licensee fails to return the license, the department may consider such failure as grounds for denial if the licensee later applies for a new license. The department may notify the local law enforcement authorities in whose jurisdiction the former licensee operated of the termination of licensure.

(B) Each licensee who maintains one or more branch offices shall obtain a branch office license pursuant to the provisions of division (A) of section 4749.05 of the Revised Code for each of such branch offices. Application for such a branch office license shall be made on forms prescribed by the department of public safety. The fee for each such license shall be one hundred dollars and may be paid by certified check or money order made payable to the treasurer, state of Ohio.

(1) Each licensee who maintains one or more branch offices shall, within ten days, notify the department of public safety of any change of address thereof or of any discontinuance of the licensee's business at such branch office.

(2) In the event of suspension, revocation or nonrenewal of the license under which the licensee is authorized to conduct the business of private investigation or security services, or if such business is discontinued for any other reason, all branch office licenses issued to the licensee shall be returned immediately to the department of public safety.

(C) A licensee shall not have a name so similar to that of another licensee as to be confusing or likely to mislead the public.

(1) A licensee can conduct business under no more than one business name or DBA designation other than the licensee's legal name.

(2) A business name or DBA designation can be used by no more than one licensee.

(3) Identification in its advertising of more than one division of a corporate licensee shall not be considered to be multiple business names or DBA designations for purposes of this rule.

(4) Nothing in this rule shall be construed as inhibiting a licensee's ability to file any trade name, fictitious name or service mark with the Ohio secretary of state.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/01/2009 and 07/01/2014

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: R.C. 4749.02

Rule Amplifies: R.C. 4749.03 , R.C. 4749.04 , R.C. 4749.05

Prior Effective Dates: 7/18/76, 7/7/78, 8/10/89, 11/16/01, 10/7/04