How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Michigan

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.

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

  • 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.


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