Illinois Licensing Requirements
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), Division of Professional Regulation, handles private investigator licensing in Illinois. The department issues licenses for private detective professions:
- Licensed Private Detective
- Licensed Private Detective Agency
- Licensed Private Detective Agency Branch Office
- Approved Training Course School
- Firearm Control Card (FCC)
- Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC)
- Firearm Instructor
- Approved 20-Hour Basic Training Program
- Approved Basic 40-Hour Firearm Training Course
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
100 West Randolph, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
320 West Washington, 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: 1 (888) 473-4858
Call the Division Call Center at 1-800-560-6420 to check the status of your application.
General Licensing Requirements
The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website above for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance requirements, fees, and any special licensing requirements.
You must also be able to meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for private investigator jobs in Illinois:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have either no felony convictions or at least ten years have passed since your sentence was completed
- May not be a registered sex offender
- Must be of good moral character
- Must be psychologically and physically fit for the duties of a private detective
- Must have no narcotic or alcohol addictions
Please visit the website above for a complete list of requirements and to learn the steps involved in the application process. Via the website, you can learn how to get licensed, look up an existing licensee, and learn about the laws and rules governing private eyes in Illinois.
Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required. Please check the state licensing website for more information.
Join a Private Investigator Association
Associated Detectives & Security Agencies of Illinois – The ADSAI, formerly known as ADI is a state-chartered, not-for-profit organization founded in 1933, incorporated in 1937, and organized for the betterment of the Detective and Security Professions.
Find a Job as a Private Investigator
When you’re ready to start looking for a job, use this list of Private Investigators in Illinois as a starting point. Contact each private investigator and agency in your area. Ask if they have any open positions, now or in the future.
To get a license, applicants must pass a private detective examination. Visit the IDFPR website listed above for details on the exam length, study guides, and sample questions.
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.
If you have any questions about how to get a private investigator’s license in Illinois, please post a comment below.