How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Arizona

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If you want to get a private investigator’s license, this article explains how to become a licensed private investigator in the state of 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

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 website link:

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

Website: http://licensing.azdps.gov/Licenseprivateinvestigator.asp

General 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 help with licensing requirements and understanding how to get your business setup, check out the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook, available at Amazon for just $2.99.

Arizona Private Investigator Associations

  • Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators (AALPI) – The AALPI association website provides membership information, links to investigative information, conferences, and recent news. 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.

List of Investigation Agencies in the State

Visit our directory of private eyes and private investigation agencies. Our directory may also help you find an agency to sponsor your training and certification requirements and help you meet state licensing requirements.

Additional Information

  • 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.

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