How to Get a Private Investigator License in Connecticut


Licensing Authority

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is responsible for processing license applications and employee registrations and investigating complaints concerning license statute violations. If you need to get a private investigator license in Connecticut, 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

The 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
  • Applicants must have good moral character
  • Have at least five years of Full-Time experience as a Licensed private detective, five years of full-time experience as a registered Private Detective, five years of full-time experience as a registered private investigator, 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 ten years experience as a police officer with a federal, state or organized municipal police department.
  • Suppose the applicant is a corporation, association, or partnership. In that case, the person filing on behalf of the business must meet all the qualifications detailed above and shall be an officer of the 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 the 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 sections 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 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 industry members, learn about laws and regulations, and access 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.

Find a Job

If you’re ready to look for a job, view our list of Private Investigation Agencies in Connecticut. Contact each agency to inquire about open positions.

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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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


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