Private Investigator Licensing – State of North Carolina
The following information reviews the requirements necessary for each license, permit or certificate issued by Private Protective Services. In addition, license applicants are responsible for complying with relevant North Carolina law, Private Protective Services N.C.G.S. 74-C, and the Board’s Administrative Rules and Regulations under Private Protective Services 12 N.C.A.C. 7D.
Requirements To Obtain a License
All applicants must:
- Be at least 18 years of age with a high school degree or equivalent.
- Be a US citizen or a resident alien.
- Be of good moral character with temperate habits (no criminal record, etc.).
Private Investigator License
Three years of experience in private investigative work, or three years in an investigative capacity as a member of a law enforcement agency or other governmental agency. [See G.S. 74C-3(a)(8), 74C-8, 74C-9, 74C-10, 12 NCAC 7D .0401].
The Board currently has reciprocal licensing agreements with several states. These agreements allow currently licensed private investigators from states to come into North Carolina for a specific period of time (30 days maximum, except for Tennessee, which is 15 days) to work a case which originated in their home state. Likewise, licensed North Carolina investigators may enter that state to work a case originating there. Investigations exceeding the time limits must be handled by a private investigator licensed in the particular state. See Reciprocal Agreements.
Applying for a License
If after reviewing the above requirements, you determine that you qualify for a license, review the application checklist for a list of items to submit to the PPS office.
Notice to Current License Holders
If you currently hold a PPS license, a renewal application will be mailed to your address of record 60 days prior to the expiration of the license(s). If you wish to apply for an additional license, a change of status, change of company, or any other changes, you should contact the PPS licensing staff directly for instructions and application forms.