How to get your private investigator agency license

Who needs a license?

You must have a private investigator agency license to operate a business that conducts investigations.


  • All agency owners, partners, or qualifying agents must be:
    • At least 18 years old, if applying for unarmed license.
    • At least 21 years old, if applying for armed license.
    • A United States citizen or resident alien.
  • You must have:

How to apply

Submit all of the following:

  • A completed Business License Application Supplemental for Private Investigator Agency/Principal License.
  • The non-refundable application fee (check or money order payable to the Department of Revenue).
  • 1 completed fingerprint card.
  • Proof of 3 years’ investigative experience performed before applying for the license.
    • If you don’t provide experience, the Business Licensing Service will schedule you for an examination within 3 weeks after receiving the paid application.
  • A certificate of liability insurance with minimum coverage of $25,000 bodily injury and $25,000 property damage.
    A $10,000 Private Investigative Agency Surety Bond.
  • If a corporation:
    • A copy of your articles of incorporation.
      A list of officers and Departments, with their addresses.

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

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