How To Get a Private Investigator License in North Carolina

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How To Get a Private Investigator License in North Carolina
Learn how to get a private investigator license in North Carolina

This article explains how to get a Private Investigator license in North Carolina. We’ll provide an overview of the state licensing authority, a list of the general requirements and recommended on training.

North Carolina State Licensing Authority

Private Investigator licensing in the state of North Carolina is handled by the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board. The Private Protective Services 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

This physical and mailing address is:
3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 104, Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: 919-788-5320
Fax: 919-788-5365
Website: https://www.NCDPS.gov/PPS

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
  • Must have a high school degree or equivalent
  • Be a United States citizen or a resident alien
  • Be of good moral character with temperate habits (cannot have a criminal record)

Experience Requirements

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.

How to Apply

Before you apply, review the application checklist. Once all documents are acquired (and in digital format for uploading) go here to begin the process online.

Reciprocity

The Board currently has reciprocal licensing agreements with California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. These agreements allow currently licensed private investigators from these states to come into North Carolina for a specific period of time (30 days maximum, except for Tennessee, which is 15 days) to work a case which originated in their home state. Visit the website for more detailed information on reciprocity rules.

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 of North Carolina Private Investigators. The list will help you find existing private investigator and investigation agencies to contact.

Additional Information

Questions and Comments

If you have any additional questions about how to get a private investigator license in the state of North Carolina, please post a message below.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com 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 Amazon.com.

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