How To Get a Private Investigator License in Arizona

How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Arizona
Learn how to get a private investigator license in the state of Arizona.

This article explains how to get a private investigator’s license in Arizona. It provides contact information for the state licensing authority and a list of the general requirements. In addition, it covers how to join an investigation association in the state and where to find training and education.

Arizona Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

State Licensing Authority

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, Licensing Unit is responsible for private investigator licensing in the state of Arizona. Following is the contact information and link to the department’s website:

Arizona Department of Public Safety
Licensing Unit
PO Box 6328, MD 1160
Phoenix, AZ 85005
Phone: (602) 223-2361
Fax: (602) 223-2938

General Licensing Requirements

The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website listed above for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance requirements, training and education, fees and any special licensing requirements.

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a citizen or legal resident
  • May not have any felony convictions
  • May not be under indictment for a felony
  • May not be a registered sex offender
  • May not be on parole or probation
  • May not have any misdemeanor convictions in the last five years for violent acts, fraud, theft, domestic violence, sexual misconduct or narcotics violations. This holds true even if the conviction was set aside.
  • Has never been convicted of attempting to act as a PI without a license

For more information on how to get a private investigator license in Arizona and understanding how to get your business setup, check out the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook, available at Amazon.

Arizona Private Investigator Associations

Once you are officially licensed, I recommend joining the Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators (AALPI). The association is a great resource for networking with other P.I.’s, staying up to date about industry issues and gaining access to training and education opportunities.

The AALPI association website provides membership information, links to investigative information, conferences, and recent news. 

List of Investigation Agencies in the State

Once you have your license, visit our directory of private eyes and private investigation agencies to find employment. Contact each agency and ask if they have any open positions.

Training Resources

  • Currently, there are no additional training courses required to get a private detective license in Arizona.
  • 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 investigative knowledge necessary to get licensed.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about how to get a private investigator license in Arizona, please post a message below.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


  1. I currently have a Private Investigator’s license in California. If I move to Arizona and want to conduct business in that state, is the process to get a license in Arizona abbreviated at all or is it the same process as if I wasn’t licensed at all in California?


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