Private Investigator Licensing – State of New York
A private investigator is hired to obtain information regarding the identity, habits, conduct, movements, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, reputation, or character of any person or group of persons. A private investigator may also conduct investigations regarding the credibility of witnesses; the whereabouts of missing persons; the location of missing persons; the location or recovery of lost or stolen property; and the causes and origin of- or responsibility for- fires, libels, or losses. It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Private Investigators, Bail Enforcement Agents, Watch, Guard or Patrol Agencies and Security Guards License Law.
What are the requirements to be a licensed Private Investigator?
You must be 25 years of age and a principal in the business entity to be licensed. Additionally, as the individual possessing the expertise to oversee the day-to-day conduct of investigations, you must have passed the private investigator examination within the two years immediately prior to your application date and have either three years experience or three years equivalent position and experience. All applicants must be fingerprinted.
Money Orders, Company Checks or Cashier’s Checks only. Must be made payable to the NYS Department of State. Do Not Mail Cash. “NO PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS”
“Experience” is defined as three years of full-time investigative experience as a proprietary investigator, employee of a licensed private investigator, or an investigator in a government investigative agency or police agency.”Equivalent experience” is defined as three years in a position where the primary duties were to conduct investigations, or three years of experience supervising and reviewing the work of at least three persons performing investigations, or New York State police officers or fire marshals with 20 years of service irrespective of title.
No. If you have an employment agency license, or are a member of a partnership, or an officer or a holder of any stock in a corporation, or have any financial interest or participation in the control and management of any employment agency, you are NOT eligible to hold a PI WGP license.
- Private Investigator Application
- Support Staff/Employee’s Statement
- Employment Status Notification
- Irrevocable Consent Form
- DMV Consent Form
- Request for Photo ID (Required if applicant holds no NYS driver’s license)
- Request for Duplicate Pocket ID Card
- Duplicate License/Registration Request
- Change Notice (Required when changing a name or address)
- Change of Business Name/Status Application
- Branch Office Application
- Request for NYS Fingerprinting Service (Electronic Fingerprinting Request Form)
- Special Testing Arrangements Request
- Bond Form
- Certification of Bonded Status (Required when renewing license)
Examination Information and Schedule:
LICENSE LAW — pdf It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Private Investigators, Bail Enforcement Agents, Watch, Guard or Patrol Agencies and Security Guards License Law.