This article explains how to get a private investigator’s license in Nevada. The article provides information on the state licensing authority, a list of general requirements, and contact information. In addition, it covers information on private investigator associations and training resources.
Nevada State Licencing Authority
The Nevada State Licensing Board handles private Investigator licensing in the state of Nevada. 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 proactively promotes effective regulation and enforcement, provides training and education to our licensees and the general public, and is focused on eliminating unlicensed activity.
State of Nevada Private Investigators Licensing Board
Carson City Location:
704 W. Nye Lane, Suite 203
Carson City, Nevada 89703
(775) 687-3226 – Fax
General Licensing Requirements
Requirements to get a Nevada P.I. License include the following:
- Applicant must be at least 21 years of age
- Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or lawfully entitled to remain and work there.
- Applicant must be of good moral character and temperate habits.
- Applicant must have no conviction of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude or illegally possessing a dangerous weapon.
- You must undergo a criminal history background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the California Department of Justice (CDOJ) if you have lived in or ever visited the State of California.
- Must have five 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. Your employer must certify your experience on the forms provided in the application.
Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for more information. See also the Nevada State law.
Nevada Private Investigator Associations
Once you get a private investigator license, we recommend joining a private investigation industry association. The Nevada Society of Professional Investigators 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.
List of Investigation Agencies in Nevada
To help fulfill your five years of investigative experience, use our list of private investigators in Nevada to find a job. This list will also be helpful once you are licensed.
Training and Education Resources
Use our list of Training Resources to identify training courses, certification programs, or home study courses.
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