(a) When the secretary of state shall be satisfied as to the good character, competency and integrity of an applicant, of all employees or individuals conducting the private investigation business or security guard services under a firm license and, if the applicant is a firm, of each member, officer or partner, he shall issue and deliver to such applicant a certificate of license. Each license issued shall be for a period of one year and shall be revocable at all times for cause shown pursuant to subsection (b) of this section or any rules promulgated pursuant thereto.
(b) The secretary of state shall have the authority to propose for promulgation in accordance with the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code such legislative rules as may be necessary for the administration and enforcement of this article and for the issuance, suspension and revocation of licenses issued under the provisions of this article. The secretary of state shall afford any applicant an opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel when a determination is made to deny, revoke or suspend any such applicant's license or application for license, including a renewal of a license. Such applicant shall have fifteen days from the date of receiving written notice of the secretary of state's adverse determination to request a hearing on the matter of denial, suspension or revocation. The action of the secretary of state in granting, renewing, or in refusing to grant or to renew, a license, shall be subject to review by the circuit court of Kanawha County or other court of competent jurisdiction.
(c) At any hearing before the secretary of state to challenge an adverse determination by the secretary of state on the matter of a denial, suspension or revocation of a license, if the adverse determination is based upon a conviction for a crime which would bar licensure under the provisions of this article, the hearing shall be an identity hearing only, and the sole issue which may be contested is whether the person whose application is denied or whose license is suspended or revoked is the same person convicted of the crime.
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