Kentucky Private Detective Licensing Requirements
The Kentucky Board of Licensure handles private investigator licensing in Kentucky for Private Investigators.
The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators promotes, preserves, and protects public safety and welfare through effective regulation of private investigations.
The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators accomplishes this mission by examining, testing, and licensing prospective professional investigators. Also, the board is responsible for the regulation and discipline of all licensed private detectives and through appropriate communication of information and laws about the practice of private investigations in Kentucky.
Licensing Authority Contact Information
Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators
911 Leawood Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
Telephone: 502-782- 8809
Fax: 502-696- 4961
The following are the minimum requirements to get a license in the state. Please visit the state website for the most up-to-date, as these requirements may change.
- Must be at least 21 years old
- Be of good moral character
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawful resident alien
- If you have any felony convictions, ten years must have passed since the completion of your sentence
- No convictions for crimes involving dishonesty or moral turpitude within the past five years
- If you are a military veteran, you must not have been dishonorably discharged
- Be of sound mental capacity
- No misdemeanor or higher convictions within the past three years for crimes involving controlled substances
- May not have been enrolled in a facility or program for substance abuse in the past three years
- May not chronically or habitually use alcohol or drugs
Again, these requirements may change, so please visit the website for the most up-to-date instructions related to the licensing application process. Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for specific details.
Kentucky Professional Investigators Association (KPIA) – Kentucky’s officially recognized organization of professional investigators. The KPIA association and website provide helpful resources for aspiring private eyes.
Investigation Agencies in Kentucky
Connect with investigation agencies in Kentucky to find a sponsor to help you gain investigation experience to meet the state licensing requirements. Use the same list when you start looking for a job.
Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a degree program, training program, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigative knowledge necessary for a license.
Questions and Additional Information
If you have any questions about how to get a private investigator’s license in Kentucky, please post a comment below. If you’re interested in learning about the licensing requirements for other states, check out the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook.