How To Get a Private Investigator License in Missouri



If you are interested in getting a private investigator license in the state of Missouri, you’ll need to work directly with the state licensing authority. The Missouri Division of Professional Registration Board of Private Investigator Examiners handles Private Investigator licensing in Missouri. Below is the contact information:

Licensing Authority Contact Information

Missouri Division of Professional Registration
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO, 65102-1335
Telephone: 573.751.0293
TTY: 800.735.2966
Voice Relay: 800.735.2466

General Licensing Requirements to Get a Private Investigator License in Missouri

The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website listed above for more specific licensing information. You’ll find application forms, insurance, fees, and special licensing requirements there. Plus, you’ll be able to ask questions and more.

Following is a list of general requirements before a license will be granted:

  • First, all applicants must be at least 21 years old
  • Next, all applicants must be a United States citizen
  • Also, you must be able to provide proof of liability insurance with the amount to be no less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars in coverage.
  • Must be able to provide proof of workers’ compensation insurance

The board has the authority to change the requirements as necessary. Applicants may have to comply with other qualifications as the board adopts new rules and regulations. Visit the website for information on licensing requirements exam information, view disciplined licensees, read the news, and more.

Other Requirements

Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for more information.

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Missouri Private Investigator Associations

Once you obtain your license, we recommend joining the Missouri Association of Private Investigators. The Missouri Association of Private Investigators is the state’s main investigator association for professional detectives. It’s a good idea to join the association to network with others, stay informed of industry issues and legislation affecting the industry, and get access to learning opportunities.

List of Investigation Agencies

If you’re seeking employment with an agency, view a List of Investigation Agencies in Missouri. Contact the agencies and inquire about available open positions or internships.

Training and Education Resources

Private Investigator Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a private investigator degree program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the private investigation knowledge necessary to get licensed.

Questions and Comments

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