How To Get a Private Investigator License in Michigan

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Get a Private Investigator License
Download and complete the necessary forms from the state licensing website.

Michigan Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

In Michigan, a license is required when engaging in the business of furnishing, for hire, fee or reward, professional investigator or private detective services, including locating individuals and investigating damage or crimes. To apply for a license in the state, contact the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Commercial Services at (517) 241-8720 for licensure information or visit the Michigan Private Investigator License website.

Licensing Authority Contact Information

Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing
Licensing Division
PO Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 241-9221
Fax: (517) 373-2162
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/pi

General Licensing Requirements

The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website listed above for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance requirements, fees and any special licensing requirements.

A licensed professional investigator must meet the following requirements:

  • Is a citizen of the United States
  • Is not less than 25 years of age
  • Has a high school education or its equivalent

Has not been convicted of a felony, or a misdemeanor involving any of the following:

  • Dishonesty or fraud
  • Unauthorized divulging or selling of information or evidence
  • Impersonation of a law enforcement officer or employee of the United States or a state, or a political subdivision of the United States or a state
  • Illegally using, carrying, or possessing a dangerous weapon
  • Two or more alcohol related offenses
  • Controlled substances as defined under the Michigan Public Health Code
  • Has not been dishonorably discharged from a branch of the United States military service

For a period of not less than three years has been or is any of the following on a full-time basis:

  • Lawfully engaged in the professional investigation business as a licensee, registrant, or investigative employee in another state
  • Lawfully engaged in the investigation business as an investigative employee of the holder of a license to conduct a professional investigation agency
  • An investigator, detective, special agent, intelligence specialist, parole agent, probation officer, or certified police officer employed by any government executive, military, judicial, or legislative agency, or other public authority engaged in investigative or intelligence activities
  • A graduate of an accredited institution of higher education with a baccalaureate or postgraduate degree in the field of police administration, security management, investigation, law, criminal justice, or computer forensics certificate study that is acceptable to the department
  • Lawfully engaged in the investigation business as a full-time proprietary or in-house investigator employed by a business or attorney, or as an investigative reporter employed by a recognized media outlet, acceptable to the department
  • Has posted a $10,000.00 bond or insurance policy provided for in this act.
  • In the case of a person, firm, partnership, company, limited liability company, or corporation now doing or seeking to do business in this state, the manager shall comply with the qualifications of this section.

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 requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for specific details. Also, check out the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook.

Michigan Private Investigator Associations

Once you get licensed, we recommend joining an industry association. Private Investigation industry associations are a great way to network with other investigators and stay in touch with industry changes.

  • Michigan Council of Private Investigators – This association provides helpful resources for aspiring and experienced private eyes.
  • Michigan Contract Security Association – This association works to enhance professionalism in the security industry through the establishment of standards, the promotion and promulgation of ethics and education, and to engage the political process for the good of the private detective industry.

Contact an Existing Private Investigation Agency in Michigan

Contact a Private Investigator Agency – To contact a private investigator in Maine, please visit our worldwide directory of investigation agencies. 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 obtaining a license in Wisconsin 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 eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com 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 Amazon.com.

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