How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Arkansas

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Arkansas Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

The Arkansas State Police Regulatory Services Division is is responsible for oversight and licensing of private investigators and private security companies.

The requirements for obtaining an Arkansas private eye license include a minimum of two consecutive years of investigation experience. This experience must be documented in writing by the company or agency where the investigations were assigned or ordered.  Applicants must also take and pass the state board exam.

The state reciprocates on private investigator licenses with the following states:  Tennessee, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.  To qualify for reciprocity, the license must be current, and the applicant must have been licensed in the reciprocal state for at least two consecutive years.

Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required.  Check the state licensing website for more information.

For more information, visit the Arkansas State Police website at

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State Private Investigator Associations

Join one of the state’s investigator associations to network with other’s in the industry, learn about laws and legislation affecting the practice and get access to training and education opportunities. Following are the main associations in the state:

  • Arkansas Association of Professional Private Investigators (AAPPI)
  • Private Investigator’s Association of Arkansas (PIAA)

Hire a Private Detective

  • Hire a Private Investigation Agency – Visit our directory of private eyes and private investigation agencies. Our directory may also help you find a private investigation agency to sponsor you as a beginning private investigator.

Additional Licensing Information

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


  1. I am very interested in becoming a private investigator in Arkansas. I was wanting to know if you could tell me where to start and what I need to do. Thanks

    • The first step would be to understand the requirements for becoming a licensed private investigator in your state. Refer to the Arkansas State Police website at the link above for more information. Then, begin working toward completing the requirements, which may include various applications, required training courses, and professional exams. In most states, you will likely need to work for a licensed private investigation agency for a period of time. Contact private investigation agencies in your area and inquire about open positions, internships, etc.


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