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 the right place. This article provides an overview of the state licensing authority and its contact information. In addition, it covers a list of the general licensing requirements and links to more information.

Private Investigator Licensing in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training handles Private Investigator licensing in Oklahoma.

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

The type of Private Investigator license issued by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training is a three-year, renewable license. Applicants wishing to apply for a Private Investigator license must complete the necessary training, apply for a license, and undergo a fingerprint background check. Visit the website above for specific guidelines.

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.

  • Applicants wanting to apply for a Private Investigator license must complete the necessary training, apply 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
  • If applicable, a Certified court Judgment and Sentence or letter of no record for each arrest and/or charge. (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.
  • The local police department and sheriff’s 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 orders, company checks, 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, experience, tests, and insurance may be required.  Check the state licensing website for more information.

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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 Oklahoma.

This professional association is dedicated to being an educational resource, social networking, and political organization for the benefit 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 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 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 Michael created 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


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