How To Get a Private Investigator License in Alabama


State Licensing Authority

Until recently, private investigators were not required to be licensed in the state of Alabama. In June of 2013, the Alabama legislature introduced Senate Bill 172. There was nearly unanimous support for the bill in both the House and Senate. The bill 172 was sponsored by Senator Bill Holtzclaw of Madison, Alabama and Representative Howard Sanderford from Huntsville, Alabama.

Licensing Board

The Alabama private investigator licensing board is chosen by the governor, community and other state and local groups. In the near future, private investigators will be required to submit their finger prints and undergo background checks. They will also have to complete continuing education courses just like private eyes in many other states.

Contact Information

To apply for a license or get more information, contact the state’s licensing authority at:

Alabama Private Investigation Board (APIB)
P.O. Box 241206
Montgomery, AL 36124-1206
Phone Number 334-215-0693
Fax 334-274-0684

View the State Law:

Minimum Requirements to Obtain a License

Following are the minimum requirements that must be met by an individual to obtain a license in the state.

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Has not been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by reason of mental defect or disease (unless a court of competent jurisdiction has subsequently declared the applicant competent).
  • Has not been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude (with the Board having final determination on the interpretation of moral turpitude).
  • Has not been convicted of a felony crime.
  • Has passed an examination by the Board designed to measure knowledge and competence in the investigation field;

OR (a) Be an investigator holding a current business license in the state of Alabama on the effective date of the adoption of the rules and regulations of the Board. The opportunity to apply for a private investigator license issued under this rule shall expire 365 days after the implementation of the rules and regulations of the Board. Holders of these licenses shall be eligible to renew their licenses, as are any other licensed private investigators.

Please visit the website for a complete list of requirements and to learn the steps involved in the application process. Also, check out the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook, available at Amazon for just $2.99.

Alabama Private Investigator Associations

  • Alabama Private Investigators Association (APIA) – The Alabama Private Investigator’s Association (APIA) is dedicated to bringing one voice to all investigator’s in the State of Alabama and common standards and training. The APIA’s website has information on members, association’s by-laws, committees, meetings, and contact information. The APIA lobbied heavily to encourage the state to begin regulating private investigators.

Hire a Private Detective in Alabama

  • Alabama Private Investigator Directory–  To hire a detective or agency, visit our directory to view listings in your area. Our directory may also help you find an agency to sponsor your training and certification efforts, and to meet state requirements.

Training Information

  • Private Investigator Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a degree or certification program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the private investigation knowledge necessary to get licensed.


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