This article explains how to get a private investigator license in Indiana. It includes an overview of the state licensing authority and an overview of the general requirements. Also, I’ll provide suggestions for joining a private investigation association and how to find training and education opportunities.
Indiana Licensing Authority
The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Private Investigator & Security Guard Licensing Board handles private investigator licensing in Indiana.
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: Private Investigator & Security Guard Licensing Board
402 W Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Staff Phone Number: (317) 234-3022
Fax Number: (317) 233-4236
Overview of General Private Investigator Licensing Requirements
The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance, fees, and special licensing requirements.
- At least twenty-one (21) years of age
- Demonstrates the necessary knowledge and skills, as determined by the board, to conduct a private investigator firm competently
- The board may not issue a private investigator firm license to a business entity unless one officer, in the case of a corporation, or one partner, in the case of a partnership, meets the personal qualifications as set out in subsection (a) unless otherwise provided the board may deny a license unless the applicant makes a showing satisfactory to the board that the applicant or if the applicant is a business entity, the officer or partner.
- Has not committed an act which, if committed by a licensee, would be grounds for the suspension or revocation of a license under this chapter;
- Hasn’t been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that has a direct bearing upon the applicant’s ability to practice competently;
- Has not been refused a license under this chapter or had a license revoked;
- Hasn’t, while unlicensed, committed or aided and abetted in the commission of an act for which this chapter requires a license;
- Is not on probation or parole and is not being sought under an active warrant against the applicant, officer, or partner.
Please visit the website above for a complete list of requirements and to learn the steps involved in the application process.
Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required.
Join a Private Investigator Association
Once you get licensed, I recommend joining the Indiana Association of Professional Investigators. Joining a professional industry association is a great way to stay abreast of law and legislative changes. Plus, it’s a great way to network and access training and development opportunities.
Find a Job as a Private Investigator
Once you get licensed, use our Directory of Private Investigators in Indiana to begin your job search. Contact the private investigation agencies in the directory and inquire about open positions.
Questions and Comments
If you have any questions about how to get a private investigator’s license in Indiana, please post a comment below. Return to the Licensing home page if you need to get licensed in other areas.