Licensing Requirement Resources

The following is a reference of Licensing requirement contact resources for Private Investigators.

Note: Licensing information is not available for all countries and regions.

  • Alabama

    Requirements for License: NONE
  • Alaska

    State Requirements for License: NONE
    Some cities have their own licensing but none statewide
  • Arizona

    License Requirements:
    Dept. of Public Safety, Licensing
    P. O. Box 6328, Phoenix, AZ 85005.
    602) 223-2120
    (602) 223-2398 - fax

    Website

  • Arkansas

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

    Licensing Division
    Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
    400 R Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (800) 952-5210

    Website

  • Colorado

    Requirements for License: NONE
  • Connecticut

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

    Website

  • Delaware

    Detective Licensing
    Delaware State Police
    P. O. Box 430, Dover, DE 19903
    (302) 736-5900.

    Website

  • 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 State
    Division of Licensing
    P.O. Box 6687
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-6687
    (904) 488-5381

    Website

  • Georgia

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

    Requirements for License: NONE
  • Illinois

    Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
    320 West Washington Street
    3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786
  • Indiana

    Private Detective Licensing Board
    302 West Washington St., Room E-034
    Indiana Government Center South, Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 232-2980 fax (317) 232-2312.

    Website

  • Iowa

    Administrative Services Division
    Iowa Dept of Public Safety
    Wallace State Office Bldg
    Des Moines, IA 50319.
    (515) 281-3211

    Website

  • Kansas

    The Kansas Bureau of Investigations
    Office of the Attorney General
    Private Detective Licensing Unit
    1620 Tyler, Topeka, KS 66612-1837
    Call: 785-296-4436
    Hours: 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

    Website

  • Kentucky

    Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators
    Kentucky Division of Occupations & Professions
    Board Administrator Information: Lisa Shelley
    Office (502) 564-3296 ext. 239
    Fax: (502) 564-4818
  • Louisiana

    LA State Board of Private Investigators Examiners
    2051 Silverside Drive, Suite 190
    Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Phone (225) 763-3556
    Fax(225) 763-3536
    Web site: http://www.lsbpie.com
    Email: lsbpie@intersurf.com

    Website

  • Maine

    State Police Licensing Division
    State House Station #164
    Augusta, ME 04333
    (207) 624-8775

    Website

  • Maryland

    Maryland State Police, PI Licensing Division
    Jessup, MD
    (410) 799-0191, ext. 331
  • Massachusetts

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

    Website

  • Michigan

    Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
    Bureau of Commercial Services
    Licensing Division
    PRIVATE DETECTIVE REGULATION
    PO Box 30018, Lansing, MI 48909
    (517) 241-5645

    Website

  • Minnesota

    Minnesota Department of Public Safety
    Private Detective & Protective Agent Services Board
    445 Minnesota St.
    St. Paul, MN 55101
    (651) 215-1753

    Website

  • Mississippi

    Requirements for License: NONE
  • Missouri

    None required on the state level, but some cities like 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
  • Nebraska

    Nebraska Secretary of State
    State Capitol, Suite 2300
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    (402) 471-2554
  • Nevada

    Nevada Office of the Attorney General
    Private Investigator's Licensing Board
    100 N. Carson St.
    Carson City, NV 89701-4717
    (775) 687-3223
  • New Hampshire

    State Police
    Division of Licenses and Permits
    Hazen DR., Concord, NH 03305
    (603) 271-3575
  • New Jersey

    New Jersey State Police
    Department of Law & Public Safety
    Private Detective Unit
    P. O. Box 7068
    W. Trenton, NJ 08688-0068
    (609) 882-2000, ext 2931
  • New Mexico

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

    Website

  • New York

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

    Website

  • North Carolina

    North Carolina
    Private Protective Services Board
    1631 Midtown Place, Suite 104
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
    (919) 875-3611
    (919) 875-3609 fax
  • North Dakota

    Private Investigative & Security Board
    P.O. Box 7026
    Bismarck, ND 58505
    (701) 222-3063

    Website

  • Ohio

    Ohio Department of Commerce
    Division of Licensing
    77 South High St.
    Columbus, OH 43266-0546
    (614) 466-4130
  • Oklahoma

    Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training
    Private Security Division
    P. O. Box 11476-Cimarron Station
    Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0476
    (405) 425-2775

    Website

  • Oregon

    Oregon Board of Investigators
    445 State Office Bldg.
    800 NE Oregon Street #33
    Portland, OR 97232
    (503) 731-4359
    FAX: (503) 731-4366
  • Pennsylvania

    No state licensing - done on the county by county level.
  • Puerto Rico

    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

    Website

  • South Carolina

    South Carolina
    State Law Enforcement Division
    Regulatory Services
    P. O. Box 21398
    Columbia, SC 29221-1398
    (803) 737-9000
    Fax: (803) 896-7041
  • South Dakota

    Requirements for License: NONE
  • Tennessee

    Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance
    Private Protective Services Division
    500 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243-1158
    (615) 741-6382
  • 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
  • Utah

    Utah Department of Public Safety & Law Enforcement Services
    Bureau of Regulatory Licensing
    4501 South 2700 West
    Salt Lake City, UT 84119
    (801) 965-4461

    Website

  • Vermont

    Vermont Board of Private Investigative and Armed Security Services
    Office of Professional Regulation
    109 State St.
    Montpelier, VT 05609-1101
    (802) 828-2837

    Website

  • Virginia

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

    Website

  • Washington

    Washington Department of Licensing, Professional Licensing Services
    2424 Bristol Ct., SW
    Olympia, WA 98504
    P.O. Box 9045
    Olympia, WA 98507-9045

    Website

  • West Virginia

    West Virginia
    Secretary of State
    Licensing Division
    Private Investigator Licensing
    Charleston, WV 25301

    Website

  • Wisconsin

    Wisconsin
    Department of Regulation & Licensing
    P.O. Box 8935
    Madison, WI 53708
    (608) 266-0829
  • East Anglia

  • East Midlands

  • London

  • North East

  • North West

  • Northern Ireland

  • Scotland

  • South East

  • South West

  • Wales

  • West Midlands

  • Yorkshire & Humberside