How To Get a Private Investigator License in Delaware

How to get a private investigator license in Delaware
Learn how to get a private investigator license in the state of Delaware.

This article explains how to get a private investigator License in Delaware. In addition, it provides a list of resources for getting started after obtaining a license.

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, Delaware Association of Detective Agencies (DADA), to network with others in the industry.

List of Existing Private Investigation Agencies in Delaware

View a list of private investigation agencies in Delaware to find an agency to sponsor you as a beginning private investigator.

Additional 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.

If you would like to learn more about the licensing process and get advice for getting your business up and running, buy the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook (eBook), available at Amazon.

If you have any questions about how to get a private investigator license in Delaware, please post them in the comments section below.


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