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How to become a certified trainer: Private investigators

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. Learn how to set up account access. If you need help with the new service, please contact your professional licensing program.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Who needs a license?

You must have a certified trainer endorsement to provide pre-assignment training for unarmed private investigators.

Requirements

All private investigator certified trainers must:

  • Be licensed as a private investigator agency principal, unarmed private investigator, or armed private investigator.
  • Have 3 years compensated investigative experience.
  • Pass an examination given by the Department of Licensing.

How to apply

Online

You can apply online.

Start renewal

By mail

Send the following:

We'll schedule an examination at the location you choose on the application within 2 weeks of receipt of your paid application.

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.

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