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STATE BY STATE PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR / DETECTIVE LICENSING:

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.
Web Site | License Check NEW! Coming May 1, 2014!
State P.I. Association  | State Law

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 | Anchorage Private Detective Licenses
State P.I. Association

Arizona
Dept. of Public Safety, Licensing Division
P. O. Box 6328
Phoenix, AZ 85005
(602) 223-2361. 
Web Site | License Check
State Law (scroll down to chapter 24)
 State P.I. Association
 

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
 

Colorado
The Office of Private Investigator Voluntary Licensure
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
1560 Broadway, Suite 1550
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-7855

State Licensing | State Law
Check License Status (Voluntary licensing) Mandatory Licensing Effective 6-1-2015 |  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 (License verification)
 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

State P.I. Association Members 
 
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)

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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  
Office of Kansas Attorney General, Private Detective Licensing Unit
1620 SW 10th Avenue

Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-4240

License Check - By phone only as of 2-1-2013
Web Site
 State P.I. Association
 

Kentucky

License Check
State website
 State 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 or Licensing@mdsp.org
No Web License Check Available | Licensing Website | 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 (PDF) | Licensing Website
 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 | All Licensees List (PDF)
State law
State P.I. Association  

Mississippi

No PI license required. 

 State P.I. Association

Missouri
Licensing now required in Missouri!!

Missouri Board of Private Investigator Examiners
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573)522-7744 
Web Site
| License Check

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

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 Website
 State P.I. Association | No Online License Check Available
 

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
There is no statewide licensing. Licenses are issued by town halls. Applicants must have 2 of the following: Prior law enforcement experience; a college degree in criminal justice; 5 years of documented experience working for a licensed private investigator.
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 Direct
| (801) 965-4445 ext "0" Use if Direct Unavailable

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
State Law
 
 
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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