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Friday, August 29, 2008

How to Become a Private Investigator

Witout fail at least once a week someone will ask me. "How can I become a PI?"
The answer is not so simple because each state has it's own unique licensing policies. In fact some states require no license at all. While other states require a test, background check, apprenticeship under a lic PI and some college.
I plan to write an Ebook outlining a step by step plan to get fully licinced and up and running as a PI. I'm going to use this blog to outline the steps then put them all into the book.

Chapter 1 State Licencing Requirements
Alabama
There is no P.I. licensing requirement in Alabama, although some cities, such as Birmingham and Mobile, have their own, and a state business license is required to operate any business in Alabama.
State Law
State P.I. Association



Alaska
There is no P.I. licensing requirement in Alaska, although some cities, such as Fairbanks, have their own, and a state business license is required to operate any business in Alaska.
City of Fairbanks
State P.I. Association



Arizona
Dept. of Public Safety, Licensing Division
P. O. Box 6328
Phoenix, AZ 85005
(602) 223-2361.
Web Site | No Web License Check Available
State Law (scroll down to chapter 24)
State P.I. Association | State P.I. Association #2 NEW!


Arkansas
Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies
#1 State Police Plaza Dr.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72209
(501) 618-8600

State P.I. Association
State Police web site - contact for further information
Fees and exemptions


California
Licensing Division, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
400 R Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(800) 952-5210
Web Site | License Check
State law
State P.I. Association | State P.I. Association Members


Colorado
None required.
State P.I. Association


Connecticut
Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police
294 Colony St.
Meriden, CT 06450-2098

Current Licensee List (PDF)
Web site
State P.I. Association | State P.I. Association Members


Delaware
Detective Licensing, Delaware State Police
P. O. Box 430
Dover, DE 19903
(302) 672-5304
State Police Web Site


District of Columbia
Security Officers Management Branch, Metro Police
Security Unit 2000
14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 671-0500


Florida
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Licensing, Bureau of License Issuance
P.O. Box 6687
Tallahassee, Fla. 32314-6687
(850) 488-5381
Web Site | License Check
State Law
State P.I. Association


Georgia
State Board of Private Security Agencies
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
(478) 207-1460

License Check (Individuals not agencies)
License Check (Agencies not individuals)
Web Site
State Law


Hawaii
Board of Private Detectives & Guards
DCCA, PVL, Licensing Branch
1010 Richards St.
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801.
(808) 586-3000 or (808) 586-2701

License check (Use code PD for individuals, PDA for firms)


Idaho
No license required by the state.

State P.I. Association


Illinois
Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
Web page
State law
State P.I. Association


Indiana
Private Detective Licensing Board
100 N. Senae Ave., Rm 1021
Indiana Government Center North
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2246
(317) 232-2980
Web Page | License Check
State Law


Iowa
Administrative Services Division, Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wallace State Office Bldg.
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 725-6230
State law
State P.I. Association


Kansas
Kansas Bureau of Investigation
1620 SW Tyler
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-8200

License Check
Web Site
State P.I. Association


Kentucky

License Check
State website
Copy of new state licensing law
State P.I. Association


Louisiana
L.S.B.P.I.E.
2051 Silverside Drive, Suite 190
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Web Site | License Check
State P.I. Association


Maine
State Police Licensing Division
State House Station #164
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-7216
State Law
State P.I. Association


Maryland
Maryland State Police, PI Licensing Division
Jessup, MD
(410) 653-4500, ext. 3, then ext. 1
No Web License Check Available | State Law
State P.I. Association | Other State P.I. Association



Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Police
Special Licensing Unit
485 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01923
978-538-6128 voice
978-538-6021 fax

All Licensees List (XLS File) | All Licensees List (Google HTML Page of XLS file)
State P.I. Association


Michigan
The Department of Consumer & Industry Services
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 241-5645
Web Site | License Check
State Law (use arrows beside 'Documents' to navigate through pages)
State P.I. Association

Minnesota
Department of Public Safety Private Detective & Protective Agent Services Board
445 Minnesota St.St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 793-2666
Web Site | No Web License Check Available
State law
State P.I. Association



Mississippi
None required.
MISSISSIPPI PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION, INC.
P.O. Box 4484
Meridian, MS 39304


Missouri
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
None required on the state level, but Kansas City, St Louis, Joplin, St Joseph and Springfield require licensing.


Montana
Board of Private Security Patrol Officers and Investigators
301 S Park, Room 430
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
(406) 841-2387, Fax: (406) 841-2309
Web Site | License Check


Nebraska
Secretary of State
State Capitol, Suite 2300
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2554
Web site | Agency List PDF | Individual License PDF
State law


Nevada
Private Investigator's Licensing Board
3476 Executive Pointe Way, Suite 14
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 687-3223

Current Licensee List
Employees of Licensees
State law


New Hampshire
State Police
Division of Licenses and Permits
Hazen DR., Concord, NH 03305
(603) 271-3575
State Law | No web license check available
State P.I. Association | State P.I. Association Members


New Jersey
State Police
Department of Law & Public Safety
Private Detective Unit
P. O. Box 7068
W. Trenton, NJ 08688-0068
(609) 633-9352
Web site | No web license check available
State P.I. Association | State P.I. Association Members


New Mexico
Bureau of Private Investigators
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504
(505) 476-7080

License Check
Web Site
State Law


New York
Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
84 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208-3490

License Check (Business name search only.)
Web site
State Law
State P.I. Association


North Carolina
Private Protective Services Board
1631 Midtown Place, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 875-3611
(919) 875-3609 fax
Website | License Check (.PDF)
State P.I. Association


North Dakota
Private Investigative & Security Board
P.O. Box 7026
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 222-3063
Web Site | License Check


Ohio
Divison of Homeland Security/PI/SG Unit
1970 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223
office: (614) 466-4130
fax: (614) 752-6380
e-mail: pisg@dps.state.oh.us

State Website | License Check
State Law
State P.I. Association

Oklahoma
Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training
Private Security Division
P. O. Box 11476-Cimarron Station
Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0476
(405) 239-5110
State Law
State P.I. Association


Oregon
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, Oregon 97317
Phone: 503-378-8531
Fax: 503-378-4600
Web Site | License Check
State law
State P.I. Association


Pennsylvania
State law
State P.I. Association


Puerto Rico
Policia De Puerto Rico
GPO Box 70166
San Juan, PR 00936
(787) 793-1234


Rhode Island
State of Rhode Island
Providence Plantations
345 Harris Ave.
Providence, RI 29221
(401) 277-2000
State Law


South Carolina
State Law Enforcement Division
Regulatory Services
P. O. Box 21398
Columbia, SC 29221-1398
(803) 896-7015
Fax: (803) 896-7041
State Law (Pop Up Word File) | State Website | No web license check available
State P.I. Association | State P.I. Association Members


South Dakota
No P.I. license, but business license through Department of Revenue required.
Main Department of Revenue Office number: 800-829-9188
State Revenue Offices


Tennessee
Department of Commerce & Insurance
Private Protective Services Division
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-1158
(615) 741-6382
Web Site | License Check
State P.I. Association


Texas
Texas Commission on Private Security
4930 S. Congress, Suite C-305
Austin, TX 78745
P. O. Box 13509
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-5545
FAX: (512) 452-2307

License Check
Web Site
State Law
State P.I. Association


Utah
Department of Public Safety & Law Enforcement Services
Bureau of Regulatory Licensing
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
(801) 965-4544

State Website (No online license verification available.)
State Law
State P.I. Association


Vermont
Board of Private Investigative and Armed Security Services
Office of Professional Regulation
109 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05609-1101
(802) 828-2837
Web Site
State Law
State P.I. Association | State P.I. Association Members


Virginia
Department of Criminal Justice Services
Private Security Section
P.O. Box 10110
Richmond, Virginia 23240-9998
(804) 786-4700

License Check
State Law (click on Legislative & Regulator link, to left of screen)
State P.I. Association
Another State P.I. Association


Washington
Department of Licensing, Public Protection Unit
405 Black Lake Boulevard
P.O. Box 9649
Olympia, WA 98507-9649
Web Site
State Law
State P.I. Association (WALI) | State P.I. Association Members
Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators


West Virginia
Secretary of State
Licensing Division
Private Investigator Licensing
Charleston, WV 25301
Web site | License Check
Info on requirements (Scroll down to S.)


Wisconsin
Department of Regulation & Licensing
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708
(608) 266-0829
Web site | Individual License Check | Agency License Check
State P.I. Association


Wyoming
Regulated by local jurisdictions.

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