How To Get a Private Investigator License in Oklahoma

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How To Get a Private Investigator License in Oklahoma
How To Get a Private Investigator License in Oklahoma

If you’re interested in how to get a private investigator license in Oklahoma, you’ve come to right place. This article provides an overview of the state licensing authority and their contact information. In addition, it covers a list of the general licensing requirements and links to more information.

Private Investigator Licensing in Oklahoma

Private Investigator licensing in the state of Oklahoma is handled by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training.

Contact Information

Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training
2401 Egypt Road
ADA, Oklahoma 74820-0669
Telephone Switchboard: 405-239-5100
Local ADA Number: 580-310-0871
Main Fax: 580.310.9143 or 405.239.5180
Website: https://www.ok.gov/cleet/Licensing/Private_Investigators/
State Law: https://oklegal.onenet.net/oklegal-cgi/get_statute?98/Title.59/59-1750.1.html

The type of Private Investigator license issued by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training is a three year, renewable license. Applicants who wish to apply for a Private Investigator license must first complete the necessary training, submit an application for a license, and undergo a finger print background check. Visit the website above for the specific requirements.

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 wanting to apply for a Private Investigator license must first complete the necessary training, submit an application for a license, and undergo a fingerprint background check. Below are the items you will need to complete a new application.
  • Application with attachments completed and signature notarized
  • A Certified court Judgment and Sentence or letter of no record for each arrest and/or charge, if applicable. (All questions on page 2 must be answered)
  • Legible CLEET fingerprint cards with all required data
  • Two current passport size color photographs or three if applying for an armed license. Paper or plastic photos are NOT acceptable
  • Local police department and sheriff department record checks
  • Letter of Employment (if applicable) or bond/insurance
  • Agency Application (Required if self-employed Private Investigator)
  • Documented proof of experience or comparable training.
  • Payment amount required. Please do not mail cash. No personal checks. Only money order, company check or cashier’s checks are accepted
  • If you’re not a United States Citizen, you must provide verifiable documentation of legal residence

Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required.  Check the state licensing website for more information.

Oklahoma Private Investigator Associations

Oklahoma State Private Investigator Association – O.P.I.A., was formed in 1984 to help increase public and industry awareness, promote the interests and raise the professional standards of the Private Investigation Profession in the state of Oklahoma.

This professional association is dedicated to being an educational resources, social networking and political organization for the enhancement of its members. Since its inception, the organization has been instrumental in helping to protect the detective profession from unfair legislation and has sponsored legislation that is healthy for the investigative industry.

List of Private Investigation Agencies in Oklahoma

If you’re ready to look for employment, visit our Private Investigator Directory to find a list of private investigators and investigation agencies in the state.

Additional Information

Training Resources – Improve your chances of obtaining a license in Oklahoma 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.


If you need more assistance, check out the The Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook: How to Get a Private Investigator License in any State

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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