This article provides an overview of how to get a private investigator license in New York. In addition, it includes recommendations for joining an industry association and finding training and education resources.
New York Private Investigator Licensing Requirements
The Department of State Division of Licensing Services handles private investigator licensing in New York. For additional information, see the New York State Law governing private investigators. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information, get advice on licensing requirements, download applications and forms, learn about the rules and laws governing private investigators, and more.
Licensing Authority Contact Information
New York Department of State Division of Licensing Services
Department of State, Albany Location:
One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12231-0001
Department of State, New York City Location:
123 William Street, New York, NY 10038-3804
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648
General Licensing Requirements
The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance, fees, and special licensing requirements.
- Provide character references
- Bonding ($10,000 surety bond)
- Provide Proof of Training/Experience
- Personal Background Information
- Proof of liability insurance (if employing security guards)
- Applicant must be at least 25 years of age
- Electronic Fingerprints
Please visit the New York State Business Express website for more detailed information, requirements, forms, and fees. Search for the keyword “private investigator” and review the results.
Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for more information.
New York Private Investigator Associations
Once you have a license, we recommend joining a private investigator industry association. The most popular association in New York is the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS).
ALDONYS was founded in 1950 as a not-for-profit industry membership association. ALDONYS is the largest New York State organization solely representing the interests of licensed private investigators and watch, guard, and patrol agencies.
Find a Job
If you’re looking for a job, view our list of Private Investigators Investigation Agencies in New York.
Also, many open positions are posted on popular job boards and search engines such as Indeed.com, Monster.com, and ZipRecruiter. Also, I highly recommend using LinkedIn for your job search.
Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed in NYC by completing a private investigator degree program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigative knowledge necessary to get licensed.