How To Get a Private Investigator License in Kansas

How To Get a Private Investigator License in Kansas
Learn how to get a private investigator license in Kansas.

Kansas Licensing Requirements

If you’re interested in becoming a private investigator in Kansas, the following information will be quite helpful in getting started. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office Private Detective Licensing Unit handles private investigator licensing in Kansas. Their contact information is as follows:

Private Detective Licensing Unit
120 SW 10th Ave., 2nd Floor
Topeka, KS 66612-1597
(785) 296-4240
Fax: (785) 368-6468

To become a licensed private investigator in the state, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • You must be a citizen of the United States
  • You must be a good moral character.
  • You must have graduated from high school or have a General Education Diploma (GED) certificate.
  • You must not have any felony convictions. No misdemeanor convictions within the past ten years.
  • You must verify that you are not incompetent, incapacitated, or impaired because of a mental condition, deficiency, or disease.
  • Must not be addicted to, dependent on, or abusive of alcohol or a controlled substance.
  • All Private Detectives must have a $100,000 corporate surety bond or general liability insurance providing $100,000 of coverage for bodily injury or property damage caused by negligence and errors or omissions, or deposit $100,000 with the State Treasurer.
  • Must pass an open book examination on the Private Detective Licensing Act.
  • Must pass a background investigation

Requirements may change, so please visit the website for the most up-to-date instructions related to the licensing application process.

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Join a Kansas Private Investigator Association

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting a career, an industry association is a great way to learn more about the profession, access training and development opportunities, and network with others who do similar work. The best place to start in the state is the Kansas Association of Private Investigators.

Also known as  KAPI, The Kansas Association of Private Investigators is a non-profit corporation formed to establish and perpetuate high ethical and professional standards and excellence of professional service in the private investigative industry following the association’s Code of Ethics.

Another greater resource is the Kansas Association of Licensed Investigators, a comprehensive organization of detectives and investigative agencies serving the citizens and other organizations for their investigative needs.

List of Investigation Agencies in Kansas

View a list of existing private investigation agencies in Kansas. Our directory may also help you find an agency to sponsor your training and certification efforts and help you comply with state licensing requirements.

Additional Information

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 Kansas, please post a comment below.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


  1. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation no longer handles licensing for Private Investigators. This is now through the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. Please update your website with the following information.

    Private Detective Licensing Unit
    120 SW 10th Ave., 2nd Floor
    Topeka, KS 66612-1597
    (785) 296-4240
    Fax: (785) 368-6468


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