Michigan Private Investigator Licensing Requirements
In Michigan, a license is required for 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
PO Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone Number: (517) 241-9221
Fax Number: (517) 373-2162
General Licensing Requirements
The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance, fees, and 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 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 a license holder 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, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for specific details.
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 by establishing standards, promoting and promulgating ethics and education, and engaging the political process for the good of the private detective industry.
- Michigan Association of Security and Investigative Professionals – Visit the website.
Contact an Existing Private Investigation Agency in Michigan
Contact a Private Investigator Agency – To contact a private investigator in Maine, 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.
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.