Florida Licensing Authority
Private Investigator licenses in the State of Florida are handled by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Division of Licensing Services. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, licenses and regulates the private investigative industry in accordance with Chapter 493 of Florida’s state statutes.
Licensing Authority Contact Information
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
P.O. Box 5767
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5767
1-800- HELP-FLA (1-800- 435-7352)
The Florida Division of Licensing website provides an extensive amount of information that will help you get a private investigator license in Florida. On the website, you can read an overview of licensing requirements, renew your existing license, change your address, search for a licensee, and view the state laws that govern private detective licensing.
General Licensing Requirements
The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website listed above for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance requirements, fees, and any special licensing requirements.
• Be at least 18 years old
• Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
• Have no disqualifying criminal history
• Be of good moral character
• Have no history of mental illness
• Have no history of use of illegal drugs
• Have no history of alcoholism
• Have two years of experience (which can be gained through first obtaining a Class CC Private Investigator Intern License)
Other special requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for more information.
Florida Private Investigator Associations
Professional associations are a great resource for those who are interested in pursuing an investigative career and for those who are already working in the business. P.I. associations provide access to invaluable resources such as training and continuing education opportunities, networking events and conferences, legislative lobbying power, and can be a source of business through information and case sharing.
I highly recommend that you join a state association and become active – run for a board position, speak at meetings, participate in volunteer activities and more.
Following are the most prominent groups in the state:
Florida Association of Licensed Investigators – Established in 1994, the FALI is the largest private investigation association in the State of Florida. The FALI website provides up to date information and news on the investigation industry, as well as an extensive amount of resources for existing and aspiring private eyes.
Florida Association of Private Investigators – A professional organization created to provide a voice for licensed private investigators and related professionals within the State of Florida and throughout the United States. FAPI offers its members extensive networking opportunities with other experienced investigators nationwide, and a place to share referrals, questions, sources of information and more in a friendly, non competitive, yet professional atmosphere through our members-only discussion group and forums.
Once you’re ready to look for employment, view a list of private investigators and investigation agencies in Florida. Contact each agency in your area and ask if there are any open positions.
Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a professional degree program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigative knowledge necessary to get licensed and begin your career.
Florida Certified Investigators – Professional certification program.
If you have any questions about how to get a private investigator license in Florida, please post a comment below. If you need more help, check out The Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook (eBook), available at Amazon.com.