How to Become A Private Investigator
– FAQ's –
Do I need a license to become a Private Investigator?
Yes, you do need a license to become a licensed private investigator
in 42 states and in some states you may actually need a city
license. The only states that currently do not license private
investigators are: Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, South
Dakota, and Wyoming.
Where can I find the licensing requirements to become
a Private Investigator?
You can find a detailed list of private
investigator licensing requirements by visiting the links
page at PI Magazine.com
How can I become a Private Investigator?
You can become a private investigator by simply getting hired
by a licensed investigative agency or a detective agency. Employees
of licensed investigative agencies must be properly registered
with the state licensing authority. Once you have been properly
registered with the state, you are legally recognized as a private
investigator. To become a licensed private investigator, you
must meet the licensing
requirements for the state in which you will be working.
Do you need to be former law enforcement to become a
While a majority of private investigators have prior law
enforcement experience, it is not necessary. Many of the country's most
successful private investigators have never been a police officer or
served in the military. However, having prior law enforcement experience
can be advantageous if the person has had specialized training in