How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Connecticut

Apply for a license

Licensing Authority

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is responsible for processing the license applications and employee registrations, as well as investigating complaints concerning violations of the license statutes. Contact the department using the information below and visit their website for more detailed information.

Contact Information

Connecticut State Police
Special Licensing & Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT 06457

General Licensing Requirements

Following are the general requirements for licensing in the state. Please visit the website listed above for more detailed information.

  • Applicant must be at least 25 years of age
  • Applicant must have good moral character
  • Have at least five years Full Time experience as a Licensed Private Detective, or five years Full Time experience as a registered Private Investigator, or five years Full Time experience operating a Proprietary Detective Agency, or five years Full Time experience as an investigator with any Federal State of Local Government, or five years Full Time experience as a Detective with a Federal, State or Local Police Department or, Any other recognized five years Full Time industry related investigative experience or have had at least 10 years experience as a police officer with a federal, state or organized municipal police department.
  • If the applicant is a corporation, association or partnership, the person filing on behalf of the business, must meet all the qualifications detailed above, and shall be an officer of such corporation, or member of such association or partnership.

The commissioner may, at his discretion, substitute up to one year of experience for a private detective license applicant upon proof of satisfactory participation in a course of instruction pertinent to the license. Employment as a security officer, does not qualify as time earned to obtain a private detective license. No license shall be issued to any person who has been convicted of any felony, (2) convicted of any misdemeanor under section 21a-279, 53a-58, 53a-61, 53a-61a, 53a-62, 53a-63, 53a-96, 53a-175, 53a-176, 53a-178 or 53a-181d, or equivalent conviction in another jurisdiction, within the past seven years, (3) convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude, or (4) discharged from military service under conditions that demonstrate questionable moral character.

Please visit the website listed above for specific requirements related to experience, exams, insurance, firearms, application forms, fees, business licenses and more.

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Connecticut Private Investigator Associations

Associations are a great way to network with others in the industry, learn about law and regulations and get access to training and education opportunities.

  • The Connecticut Association Of Licensed Private Investigators – Founded in 1999, the Association is a respected organization consisting of licensed investigative professionals whose mission is to assure that members of the profession provide the highest quality of service to individual, corporate, and government clients.

Hire a Private Detective in Connecticut

  • Hire a Private Investigator in Connecticut – To hire a private investigator in Connecticut, 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

  • Private Investigator 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.


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