How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Delaware

Private Investigator License
Download and complete the necessary forms from the state licensing website.

Delaware Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

The Delaware State Police – State of Delaware Professional Licensing regulates private investigative and security agencies, alarm companies, constables, bail enforcement agents, etc. The website provides a description of the licensing application process, the fees required and the criteria for obtaining a private detective license. The process for obtaining a private investigator license in Delaware is as follows:

  • Applicants must complete the correct employee application that can be obtained at the link below.
  • Applicants must pay a non-refundable processing fee of $69.00, via cash, certified check, Visa, Master Card, Discover, company check, or money order. NOTE; upon approval, there will be an additional $20.00 fee for the required ID card. Notification will be e-mailed to your agency notifying them your ID card is ready for pick-up. Personal checks are not accepted.
  • View and read the links on the website regarding Laws, Rules and Regulations for private investigators & private security

The criteria for obtaining a license is as follows:

  • Private Investigators must be hired by a licensed agency before appearing at DSP for processing.
  • Individuals must be at least 18 years of age; must be 21 for firearms guard and private investigator.
  • Must not have been convicted of any Felony; and/or misdemeanor involving the act of theft, drug offenses, or moral turpitude.
  • Must not have been convicted of Assault III within the last three years.
  • Must meet and maintain the qualifications set and approved by the Board of Examiners.
  • Private Security Guards must have completed the mandatory sixteen hours of security guard training prior to appearing at DSP for processing. For a list of instructors, please view the link below of approved 16-hour instructors.
  • Firearms qualifications must be met through an approved instructor. For a list of instructors, please view the link below of Approved Instructors.

Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required.

Check the state licensing website for the most up to date list of requirements and for more information.

Delaware Private Investigator Associations

Join the state’s investigator association to network with others in the industry.

  • Delaware Association of Detective Agencies (DADA)

Hire a Private Detective in Delaware

  • Hire a Private Investigator in Delaware – To hire a private investigator in Delaware, visit our directory of private eyes and private investigation agencies. Our directory may also help you find an agency to sponsor you as a beginning private investigator.

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