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Private Investigators

New License Applicants

The Private Investigator license issued by CLEET is a three year, renewable license.  Applicants wanting to apply for a Private Investigator license must first complete the necessary training, submit an application for a license, and undergo a finger print background check. Below are the items you will need to complete a new application. 

  * Application with attachments completed and signature notarized.  
  * Certified court Judgment and Sentence or letter of no record for each arrest and/or charge, if applicable. (All questions on page 2 must be answered)  
  * Legible CLEET fingerprint cards with all required data  
  * Two current passport size color photographs or three if applying for an armed license. Paper or plastic photos are NOT acceptable.  
  * Local Police Department and Sheriff Department Record Checks  
  * Letter of Employment (if applicable) or Bond/Insurance  
  * Agency Application (Required if self-employed Private Investigator)  
  * Documented proof of experience or comparable training.    
  * Payment amount required. DO NOT MAIL CASH. NO PERSONAL CHECKS. (Money Order, Company Check or Cashier's Check only).  
  * If not a United States Citizen, verifiable documentation of legal residence  


In general, the cost for a Private Investigator license is:

Unarmed Private Investigator   $91
Armed Private Investigator   $141


Information and forms necessary for completing an application for Private Investigator, Armed and Unarmed, License.

Required Training

Testing Dates 

License Renewals

The Private Investigator license issued by CLEET is a two year, renewable license.  The license expires two years from the date it was issued.  To renew a license, the holder must provide proof of continuing education, proof of bond and/or insurance, where applicable, and submit a renewal application, if applicable.

Licenses that are expired for two or more years are not eligible for renewal and must reapply for a new license.

In general, renewal costs are:  

Late Fee
(One day to six months)
Unarmed Private Investigator $50 $25
Armed Private Investigator $100 $25
Armed Guard and Armed Private Investigator (Combination) $150 $25

Forms necessary for completing a renewal for Private Investigator, Armed and Unarmed, License.

390:35-5-13. Notification of change of name or address or telephone number

(a) Private investigators, armed security guards, and unarmed security guards shall maintain, with the Council, current residential addresses and shall notify in writing the Council of any change of name. Notification of change of name shall include copies of any marriage license or court document which reflects the change of name. Notice of change of address or telephone number must be made within ten (10) days of the effected change. Notices will not be accepted over the phone.




Last updated/reviewed January 27, 2017


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