How To Get a Private Investigator License in New Jersey


New Jersey Licensing Requirements

To obtain a private investigator license in New Jersey, individuals must meet specific requirements set by the New Jersey State Police, Private Detective Unit. 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.

Applicants must be at least 25 years old and undergo a criminal history background check. They must have either three years of experience working under a licensed private investigator or meet educational qualifications, such as a degree in criminal justice or related field with one year of relevant experience.

Applicants must complete a 200-question multiple-choice examination administered by the Division of State Police. This exam covers topics such as New Jersey laws and regulations, investigative techniques, ethics, and reporting procedures. A passing score of 70% or higher is required.

Additionally, applicants must submit fingerprints, proof of liability insurance, and a surety bond. Once licensed, private investigators must renew their license every two years and complete continuing education courses to stay updated on industry standards and legal requirements.

Navigating the process involves careful attention to detail and compliance with state regulations to ensure eligibility and successful licensure as a private investigator in New Jersey.

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.

Private Investigator Licensing Book

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.

Additional Information

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.

Learn how to get licensed in other states.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at



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