Private Investigator Licensing – State of North Dakota
NORTH DAKOTA ELIGIBILITY & LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS
Qualifications to become a private investigator:
93-02-01.1-01. Qualifications for individuals providing private investigative services.
To receive and maintain any license or registration from the board to provide private investigative services, an individual first must:
- Be at least eighteen years of age.
- Be a high school graduate or hold the equivalent of a high school diploma.
- Have not been convicted or adjudged guilty in any jurisdiction of one of the following offenses or its equivalent in another jurisdiction, including juvenile adjudication that the individual has engaged in similar conduct: any felony, any class A or B misdemeanor involving an act of violence or intimidation as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapters 12.1-16 through 12.1-25 and chapter 12.1-31.2 or involving controlled substances as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapter 19-03.1, any offense involving theft as defined in North Dakota Century Code chapter 12.1-23, including shoplifting; or any other offense which must be reported to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation under North Dakota Century Code section 12.1-32-15. This subsection will not prohibit the board from issuing a license or registration to an individual if the board determines the offense does not have a direct bearing upon the individual’s ability to provide private investigative services to the public and the individual has been sufficiently rehabilitated pursuant to the provisions of North Dakota Century Code section 12.1-33-02.1, or a full pardon has been granted.
- Be free of mental condition or defect, which would interfere with the individual’s ability to provide services in a professional and competent manner.
- Have not committed an act which the board determines is indicative of bad moral character and which has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to serve the public, including but not limited to offenses other than those listed in subsection three of this section.
The requirements in this section are in addition to any other qualifications established in this chapter. Each individual who is required to meet the qualifications of this section has a continuing duty to notify the board of any conviction or adjudication of guilt of an offense described in subsection three of this section within fourteen days of the conviction or adjudication. For individuals who are licensed or registered by the board on the effective date of this section, or who are officers or owners of at least a ten-percent interest in a licensed agency on the effective date of this section, this section applies only to convictions or adjudication of guilt which occur after the effective date of this section.
93-02-01.1-02 Licensing of individual providing private investigative services.
- An individual providing private investigative services must obtain a license from the board to provide those services unless the individual is registered as an employee of an agency which is licensed under this chapter and is providing those services within the scope of his or her employment with the agency. This section does not apply to individuals who are exempt from the board’s jurisdiction under North Dakota Century Code section 43-30-02.
- An individual is qualified to be licensed to provide private investigative services if the individual has passed an examination conducted by or under the supervision of the board within the twelve months preceding the date of the individual’s application for the license and has provided two thousand hours of private investigative services as a registered employee of a detective agency. The experience requirement in this subsection does not apply to an individual who holds a license on the effective date of this section unless the individual’s license lapses and is not renewed within one year pursuant to section 93-02-03-03.
RENEWAL APPLICATION ONLY:
- License and Registration Renewal (75KB pdf)
DIRECTIONS FOR ALL APPLICATIONS
IF APPLYING FOR:
- APPRENTICE SECURITY OFFICER (12 hours classroom instruction OR 12 hours of field service)
- SECURITY OFFICER (1000 hours field service & 32 hours classroom instruction)
- COMMISSIONED SECURITY OFFICER (4000 hours field service & 80 hours classroom instruction)
- REGISTERED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR (employee of licensed investigative agency-must supply 2 passport sized photos of applicant)
Complete page 1, 2 and 3. In addition to these pages, supply the requested documentation where applicable. You must also supply 2 legible fingerprint cards. (Do not staple or fold cards) (Please note, if the prints are unreadable or you have listed improper codes, the card will be rejected and returned)
IF APPLYING FOR:
- ARMED SECURITY OFFICER (must be at least security officer level)
IF APPLYING FOR:
- LICENSED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR (2000 service hours)
- LICENSED SECURITY PROVIDER (You must also be commissioned officer status before eligible)
Complete page 1, 2, 3 and 6. In addition to these pages, supply the requested documentation where applicable. You must supply 2 legible fingerprint cards. (Do not staple or fold) (Please note: if the prints are unreadable or you have listed improper codes, the card will be rejected). Additionally, supply two passport sized photos of the applicant.
IF APPLYING FOR:
- DETECTIVE AGENCY LICENSE (must have private investigator license status prior to agency status)
- SECURITY AGENCY LICENSE (must have security provider status prior to agency status)
Complete page 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. In addition to these pages, supply the requested documentation where applicable. You must supply 2 legible fingerprint cards. This also applies to managers & owners with at least 10% ownership of the agency. (Do not staple or fold) (Please note: if the prints are unreadable or you have listed improper codes, the cards will be rejected). Documentation for the agency license must also include a Certificate of Authority from the North Dakota Secretary of State.
- ND BCI Criminal Search – $30.00
- FBI Criminal Search – $22.00
- Apprentice/Security/Commissioned Officer – $25.00
- Armed Security Officer – $30.00
- Security Trainer – $20.00
- Registered Investigator – $25.00
- Licensed Security Provider – $130.00
- Licensed Private Investigator – $130.00
- Licensed Detective Agency – $250.00
- Licensed Security Agency – $250.00
Late Fees: $10.00 charge for each Month of Non-Renewal (Applies to Registrations only)
License Holders face possible criminal and disciplinary action for Non-Renewal.
Licensed security provider, security agency, licensed investigator, private detective agency: a one time application fee of $100.00 is required. This covers the processing and testing fees. Licenses and registrations expire on September 30th of each year.
Armed certifications are renewed annually and expire on September 30th of each year.
The same fee structure applies to all renewals and transfers with the exception of the $100.00 application fee.
Mail applications and make checks payable to:
North Dakota Private Investigation & Security Board
513 East Bismarck Expressway, Suite 5
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
Telephone/fax number 701-222-3063
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