How To Get a Private Investigator License in New Jersey

How to get a Private Investigator License in New Jersey
Learn how to get a private investigator license in New Jersey

New Jersey Licensing Requirements

Licensing Authority

Private Investigator licensing in the state of New Jersey is handled by the New Jersey
State Police Private Detective Unit. Their contact information is:

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
Website: detective-rules.shtml

General Licensing Requirements

The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website listed above for
specific licensing information, application forms, insurance requirements, fees and any
special licensing requirements.

  • Applicant must be 25 years of age
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen
  • Applicant must possess good character, competency and integrity
  • Applicant must have a minimum of five years of experience with an organized police
    department of the State, County or a Municipality or an investigative agency of the
    United States of America or possess five years investigative experience which can be
    documented. Applicant must successfully complete a comprehensive background
    investigation, which includes a criminal history fingerprint check, and credit check

As part of the application process, a credit profile report will be reviewed for any
derogatory, delinquent, and/or past due accounts. Applicants must provide
documentation addressing all derogatory accounts prior to licensing. Personal credit is
directly related to moral character. An individual may only serve as qualifier for one
agency; however they may hold a corporate office position for more than one company.

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

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Private Investigator Associations

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

List of Investigation Agencies in New Jersey

For a list of existing private investigation agencies in the state, visit the New Jersey Private Investigator Directory.



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