How To Get a Private Investigator License in Massachusetts



This article explains how to get a private investigator 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

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security handles Private Investigator Licensing in Massachusetts. The state requires that you apply 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 its resident manager, superintendent, or official representative, must be of good moral character if the applicant is a corporation.

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 with a rank higher than a 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, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security licensing website for more information.

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 agencies to find out if they have any open positions.

Considering a career as a private investigator? Dive into this book to explore services offered and learn about the work environment, career prospects, and salaries. Discover state-specific licensing requirements, training resources, and industry associations. Already a PI? Use it to learn about licensing in other states. Also, agencies can guide new hires through the licensing process. This edition includes enhanced training recommendations, suggestions for starting a new business, how to join an association, and updated state information. It’s your essential starting point for becoming a private investigator.

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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