How To Get a Private Investigator License in Massachusetts



This article explains how to get a private investigator’s license in Massachusetts. We’ll provide information on the state licensing authority and a list of the general requirements to get a license. Plus, we’ll provide some helpful information on training and networking.

State Licensing Requirements to get a Private Investigator License in Massachusetts

Private Investigator Licensing in the State of Massachusetts is handled by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

The state requires that you submit an application for a license to engage in the private detective business or a license to engage in the business of a watchman, guard, or patrol agency.

In addition, a certified reference must be provided.

The applicant, or, if the applicant is a corporation, its resident manager, superintendent, or official representative, must be of good moral character.

The applicant must have been employed as a detective for at least three years as:

  • A detective
  • A member of an investigative service of the United States
  • A police officer (rank higher than patrol officer)

Note: You can’t get a license if you’ve been convicted of a felony.

Other Requirements

Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security licensing website for more information.

If you need additional help, or if you need to get licensed in multiple states, buy the Private Investigator Licensing Handbook.

State Private Investigator Associations

Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts – The LPDAM provides information, resources, and networking opportunities for licensed and aspiring investigators in the state.

Find a Job

When you’re ready to find a job and start working in your new career in Massachusetts, use our list of Private Investigators in Massachusetts as a contact list. Contact all of the agencies to find out if they have any open positions.

Additional Information

Training Resources – Improve your chances of obtaining a license by completing a degree or certification program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigative knowledge necessary to get licensed.

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



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