FAQ - Private Investigator

What are the requirements to be a licensed Private Investigator?

What are the fees, terms of licensure?

What forms of payment does the Department of State accept?

What do the terms "experience" and "equivalent position and experience" mean?

If I have an employment agency license, can I also obtain a PI license?


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.

What are the fees, terms of licensure?

What forms of payment does the Department of State accept?

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"

What do the terms "experience" and "equivalent position and experience" mean?

"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.

If I have an employment agency license, can I also obtain a PI license?

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.