How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Arkansas


This article explains how to become a licensed private investigator in Arkansas. If you want to get your private investigator license in Arkansas, this article provides information on the state licensing authority, the general requirements, a list of associations, and more.

State Licensing Authority

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.

For more information, visit the Arkansas State Police website at

Other Requirements

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

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.

Also, check out the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook, available at Amazon for just $2.99.

Private Investigator Associations in Arkansas

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)

List of Investigation Agencies in Arkansas

Visit our directory of private eyes and private investigation agencies in Arkansas. Our directory may also help you find a private investigation agency to sponsor you as a beginning private investigator.

Training and Education Resources

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.

If you have any questions about How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Arkansas, please post a comment below.


  1. Hello. I’m not quite sure if this is checked anymore but I am 26 years old & am very interested in becoming a P.I. I understand all of the requirements & how to achieve them. I just have one question pertaining to the requirement that we must have 2+ years of investigative experience. Would time spent in P.I. training classes, school classes, &/or any other type of private investigative classes, contribute to the 2+ years that is required to obtain my license? If not, does participating in these classes benefit us in a way that is worth all of the financials I’d spend for them? Technically, couldn’t anyone call up a P.I. company, ask to be an apprentice & work under a P.I. for two years & be qualified for their license (after their exams, background checks, etc. of course)? I’m trying to determine whether or not I should take these classes. Thanks for your time.

    • In most states, the licensing board will have requirements for both training and experience. This means that you must complete an approved training course and, separately, satisfy the appropriate number of years of experience. Generally, time spent in training classes does not qualify as experience. However, even if training courses are not required to get licensed, they are still important. You will learn things in the classroom that you won’t learn in the real world, and vice versa. If you decide to take a training course, invest some time in checking it out, including the school and instructor’s reputation, course materials, costs vs. other schools, online reviews, etc.

  2. 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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