How To Get a Private Investigator License in New Mexico

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Download and complete the necessary forms from the state licensing website.

New Mexico Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private Investigator licensing in the state of New Mexico is handled by the New Mexico Private Investigation Advisory Board. The Private Investigations Advisory Board licenses and oversees private investigators, private investigations managers, private investigation companies, private patrol operators, private patrol operations managers, private security guards and polygraph examiners. Visit the website to obtain the appropriate private detective licensing forms and applications, a list of qualification and training requirements, and the rules and laws regulating private investigators in the state.

The Board is an advisory Board, which adopts and enforces the rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the Private Investigations Act, including establishing professional ethical standards. Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for more information or Buy the Private Investigator’s Licensing eBook at Amazon today for just $2.99.

Licensing Authority Contact Information

New Mexico Private Investigations Board
2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
PO Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 476-4650
Fax: (505) 476-4615

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. Applicants for licensure as a private investigator must submit the following:

• Completed application;
• Proof of age indicating applicant is at least twenty one (21) years of age (copy of birth
certificate, driver’s license, state issued identification card, or baptismal certificate);
• Proof of successfully passing a jurisprudence examination to be administered by the
department; a surety bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) executed by
a surety company authorized to do business in this state on a form prescribed by the department; however, private investigators who provide personal protection or
bodyguard services shall maintain general liability insurance in the amount not less than
one million dollars ($1,000,000) in lieu of the surety bond required by the provisions of
this paragraph; proof of experience that has been acquired within the five years
preceding the filing of the application with the department which shall consist of not less
than 6,000 hours of actual work performed in investigation for the purpose of obtaining
information with reference to a crime or wrongs done or threatened against the United
States; investigation of persons; the location, disposition or recovery of lost or stolen
property; the cause or responsibility for fire, losses, motor vehicle or other accidents or
damage or injury to persons or property; or securing evidence to be used before a court,
administrative tribunal, board or investigating committee or for a law enforcement
officer; non-refundable license fee as set forth in Part 5; and Criminal history
background check
• Years of qualifying experience and the precise nature of that experience shall be
substantiated by written certification from employers on a form provided by the
department and shall be subject to independent verification by the department as it
deems warranted. In the event of inability of applicants to supply such written certifications from employers in whole or in part, applicants may offer other written
certifications from others than employers covering the same subject matter for consideration by the department. The burden of proving necessary experience is on the
• All applicants for initial issuance, reinstatement or renewal of a private investigator license in New Mexico shall be required to be fingerprinted to establish positive identification for a state and federal criminal history background check.
• Blank fingerprint cards shall be obtained from the department.
Fingerprints shall be taken: under the supervision of and certified by a New Mexico state police officer, a county sheriff, or a municipal chief of police; by comparable officers in the applicant’s state of residence if the applicant is not a resident of New
Mexico; or at the discretion of the department, by a private agency or individual qualified to take and certify fingerprints, provided the agency submits to the department written authorization or proof of training from any of the agencies
• Completed fingerprint cards shall be submitted to the department or department
designee with a check, money order, or cashier’s check for the prescribed fee.
• Proof of successful completion of mandatory firearms training.

New Mexico Private Investigator Associations

  • At the time we prepared this article, we couldn’t locate any active P.I. associations in the state. Please contact us if you are aware of any associations in the state.

Hire a Private Detective in New Mexico

  • View a List of Private Investigation Firms in New Mexico –  To hire a private investigator in New Mexico, 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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