How To Get a Private Investigator License in North Carolina


North Carolina Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private Investigator licensing in the state of North Carolina is handled by the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board. The Board is part of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Its purpose is to administer the licensing, education and training requirements for people or agencies engaged in private protective services in the state of North Carolina.

Licensing Authority Contact Information

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
512 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27604


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. All applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school degree or equivalent
  • Be a United States citizen or a resident alien
  • Be of good moral character with temperate habits (no criminal record, etc.)

In addition,you must have three years of experience in private investigative work, or three years in an investigative capacity as a member of a law enforcement agency or other governmental agency. Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required.

Join a North Carolina Private Investigator Association

Once you have a license, we recommend that you join the North Carolina State Private Investigator Association. The North Carolina Association of Private Investigators, Inc. was chartered in 1987 and is the oldest association of Private Investigators in the state. Visit the website for more information about the organization and learn how to become a member. You’ll also find news articles, newsletters, and details of upcoming events and conferences in the area.

List of Investigation Agencies in North Carolina

If you’re looking for a job, view our list North Carolina Private Investigators. The list will help you find existing private investigator and investigation agencies to contact.

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