Verifying a Private Investigators License Status

Verifying a private investigators license status is the first thing you should do after speaking with your personal attorney and deciding to proceed with hiring a private investigator for you infidelity case.

In almost all U.S. States, a person intending to act as a "Private Detective" or "Private Investigator" must (usually) pass a background and character investigation, must complete a test or review of their qualifications and experience, and must obtain a special license.

If the potential private investigator has any problem or even a hesitation in providing proof so that you may verify their license status, you should eliminate that candidate immediately. Your relationship may be at stake and you should only be working with highly trained professionals.

Verifying a private investigators license status is as easy as obtaining the license number directly from the potential P.I. and call the state agency to verify the status. Feel free to ask if there are any know claims files against the private investigator in question.

Contact the appropriate State licensing authorities for Private Investigators below when verifying a private investigators license status


Security Guard Licensing Department, Alaska State Police

5700 E. Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507

(907) 269-5594


Department of Public Safety, Licensing Division

P.O. Box 6328, Phoenix, AZ 85005

(602) 223-2361


Arkansas Board of Private Investigators & Private Security Agencies

P.O. Box 5091, Little Rock, AR 72215

(501) 221-8245


Bureau of Collection & Investigative Services

1920 20th St, Alonzo Hall, Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 322-7788


Department of Public Safety, Special Services Unit, Division of State Police

1111 Country Club Rd, Meriden, CT 06450-2098

P.O. Box 2794, Middletown, CT 06457

(203) 685-8046


Detective Licensing, Delaware State Police

P.O. Box 430, Dover, DE 19903

(302) 739-5991

District of Columbia

Security Officers Management Branch, Metro Police

Security Unit 2000, 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 939-8722, Fax (202) 673-7418


Department of State, Division of Licensing

325 John Knox Rd. Suite 5103 Building 4, Tallahassee, FL 32399

(904) 488-5381


State Board of Private Detectives

166 Pryor St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 656-2282


Board of Private Detectives & Guards, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Honolulu, HI 96823

(808) 586-3000, 586-2701


Department of Professional Regulation

100 W Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 814-4500, Complaints: (312) 814-6910


Professional Licensing Board

302 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 232-2980


Administrative Services Division, Iowa Department of Public Safety

Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-3211, (515) 281-6937


Justice Cabinet, Division of Grants Management

417 High St. 3rd Floor, Frankfurt, KY 40601

(502) 564-3251


Louisiana Board of Private Investigators

2051 Silverside Dr #190, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(504) 763-3556


State Police Licensing Division

State House #164, Augusta, ME 04333

(207) 624-8775


Licensing Division, Maryland State Police

1711 Belmont Ave, Woodlawn, MD 21244

(410) 486-3101


Dept. of State Police, Special Licensing Unit

20 Somerset St, Boston, MA 02108

(617) 727-6128


Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services

Lansing, MI

(517) 241-5645


Dept. of Public Safety, Private Detective & Protective Agent Services Board,

1246 University Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104

(612) 642-0775


Board of Private Security Patrolmen & Investigators

1424 9th Ave, Helena, MT 59620

(406) 444-3737


Attorney General's Office, Consumer Affairs Division

State Capitol, #2300, Lincoln, NE 68509

(402) 471-2554


Private Investigator Licensing Board, Office of the Attorney General

198 S Carson St., Carson City, NV 89710

(702) 687-5534

New Hampshire

State Police, Division of Licenses and Permits

Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03305

(603) 271-3575

New Jersey

State Police, Department of Law & Public Safety, Private Detective Unit

P.O. Box 7068, West Trenton, NJ 08688-0068

(609) 882-2000 Ext. 2680 or 2474

New Mexico

Regulations & Licensing Dept.

P.O. Box 1388, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1388

(505) 827-7172

New York

Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, Investigative Unit

162 Washington Ave, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12231

(518) 474-4664

North Carolina

Private Protective Services Board

P.O. Box 29500, Raleigh, NC 27626

North Dakota

Private Investigative Security Board (PISB)

P.O. Box 7026, Bismarck, ND 58507

(701) 222-3063


Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Licensing

Two Nationwide Plaza, Columbus, OH 43266-0546


Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training, Private Security Division

P.O. Box 11476 Cimarron Station, Oklahoma City, OK 73111


No statewide licensing authority - licensing authority in each county.

Puerto Rico

State Police

GPO Box 70166, San Juan, PR 00936

(809) 781-0227

Rhode Island

Attorney General's Office, Department of Licenses

Providence, RI 02903

(401) 277-2416

South Carolina

State Law Enforcement Division, Regulatory Services

P.O. Box 21398, Columbia, SC 29221-1398

(903) 737-9000

South Dakota

No license currently required.

Business licenses and weapons permits are required.

Contact State Dept. of Revenue for details.


Private Protective Services Division, Department of Commerce & Insurance

500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-1158

(615) 741-4827


Board of Private Investigators & Private Security Agencies

P.O. Box 13509 Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711

(512) 463-5545


Department of Public Safety & Law Enforcement Services, Bureau of

Regulatory Licensing

501 S 2700 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84119

(801) 965-4461


Office of Secretary of State, Board of Private Detectives

109 State St., Montpellier, VT 05609-1101

(802) 828-2191, (802) 828-2363


Enforcement Section, Private Security Board

3600 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230

(804) 786-4700


State of Washington, State Office Building, License and Certification for

Private Detectives Section, Olympia, WA 98506

(206) 664-9070

West Virginia

State Department

State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305


Department of Regulation & Licensing

1400 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53708

(608) 266-2112, Fax 267-0644

Verifying a private investigators license status is a step that you do not want to omit. If you are seeking the help of a private investigator, you are probably going through some difficult times and you need to make sure that you are in good hands.

There is nothing wrong in taking your time to make decisions concerning your future. Things seem difficult and impossible right now, but know that things will work out and you will be truly happy again.

Good luck and keep on, keeping on!

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