How To Get a Private Investigator License in New Jersey


New Jersey Licensing Requirements

You’ll need to start with the state’s licensing authoring to get a private investigator license in New Jersey. The New Jersey State Police Private Detective Unit handles the process. Their contact information is as follows:

New Jersey State Police
Private Detective Unit
P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton, New Jersey 08628-0068
Phone: 609-341- 3426 or 609-633- 9352


General Licensing Requirements

The following is general licensing information for the state of New Jersey. Please visit the website for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance, fees, and special licensing requirements.

  • Applicant must be at least 25 years of age
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen
  • Applicants must possess good character, competency, and integrity.
  • Applicant must have at least five years of experience with an organized police department of the State, County, or Municipality or an investigative agency of the United States of America or possess five years of investigative experience that can be documented. Applicant must complete a comprehensive background investigation, which includes a criminal history fingerprint check and credit check.
  • A credit profile report will be reviewed for derogatory, delinquent, and past-due accounts as part of the application process.
  • Applicants must provide documentation addressing all derogatory accounts before licensing. Personal credit is directly related to moral character. An individual may only serve as a qualifier for one agency; however, they may hold a corporate office position for more than one company.

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

Private Investigator Associations

New Jersey Licensed Private Investigator’s Association – Leverage the state’s professional organization to network with other agencies, refer businesses, generate new ideas, and connect with specialists.

Find a Job

After you get a private investigator license in New Jersey and you’re ready to start looking for a job, contact all the investigation agencies in your area and ask about job openings. For a list of existing private investigation agencies in the state, visit the New Jersey Private Investigator Directory.

More Information

The Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook: How to Get a Private Investigator License in any State
Considering a career as a private investigator? Dive into this book to explore services offered, learn about the work environment, career prospects, and salaries. Discover state-specific licensing requirements, training resources, and industry associations. Already a PI? Use it to learn about licensing in other states. Also, agencies can guide new hires through the licensing process. This edition includes enhanced training recommendations, suggestions for starting a new business, how to join an association, and updated state information. It’s your essential starting point on the path to becoming a private investigator.

If you need additional assistance or want to get licensed in multiple states, check out The Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook and learn how to get a private investigator license in any state.

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