How To Get a Private Investigator License in Mississippi


Mississippi Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Currently, a private investigator license is not required for Mississippi. Since laws change frequently, those interested in becoming a detective, or those already operating as a private eye in other states, should check with the appropriate Mississippi state licensing agency to determine if a license is required.

Other Requirements

Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required.

To operate your business legally, obtain a Business License from the city (if you’re within city limits) or the county (if your location is outside city limits) where you reside, have an office or conduct your business activities. Verify the specific requirements with your local privilege license office. Generally, the fee for a home-based business license is approximately $25 per year.

Additionally, depending on the nature of your business, you might be required to register with the Secretary of State’s office for an LLC, Inc., or other relevant designation. For further details, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website.

Join an Investigation Association

If you plan to conduct investigations in the state, we recommend joining the Mississippi Private Investigator Association (MPIA). The MPIA is a non-profit organization comprised of professional private investigators in the state. The organization helps advance the investigator and security profession through education and legislation. Joining the association will plug you into what is happening in the state from a legislative perspective. In addition, you’ll get access to training and educational resources. In addition, it is a great resource to help you network with others and grow your business.

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List of Mississippi Investigation Agencies

If you’re looking for a job with an existing agency, view our list of private investigation agencies in Mississippi. Contact each one to see if they are hiring.

Training and Education Resources

In addition to the training and education resources available through the association, we have an extensive list of Training Resources. Improve your skills by completing a degree program, training, continuing education, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the knowledge necessary to be successful.

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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