How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Nevada

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Nevada Private Detective Licensing Requirements

Private Investigator licensing in the state of Nevada is handled by the Nevada State Licensing Board.  This agency is responsible for conducting background investigations on applicants, administering compliance audits of licensees, preparing disciplinary matters for Board review and investigating various complaints of misconduct of a licensee or unlicensed activity.

This agency is pro-active in promoting effective regulation and enforcement; provides training and education to our licensees as well as the general public; and is focused on eliminating unlicensed activity. Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for more information.

Requirements to get a Nevada P.I. License include:

  • Be 21 years of age
  • Be a citizen of the United States or lawfully entitled to remain and work in the United States
  • Be of good moral character and temperate habits
  • Have no conviction of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude or the illegal use or possession of a dangerous weapon
  • Undergo a criminal history background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) and California Department of Justice (CDOJ) if you have lived in or ever visited the State of California
  • Have 5 years (2,000 hours each year, totaling 10,000 hours) of investigative experience. An associate’s degree in Police Science or Criminal Justice is the equivalent of 8 months or 1,333 hours, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science or Criminal Justice is the equivalent of 18 months or 3000 hours of experience. Experience must be certified by your employer on the forms provided in the application

See also, the Nevada State law.

Nevada Private Investigator Associations

  • Nevada Society of Professional Investigators – The association works with the State of Nevada Private Investigator’s Licensing Board to confront unlicensed activity, educate its members regarding investigative matters, safeguard the general public, lobby, and set a higher professional standard among fellow P.I.’s in the State of Nevada.

Hire a Detective in Nevada

  • Hire a Private Investigation Agency in Nevada – To hire a private eye in Nevada, 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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