How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Texas

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Texas Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private Investigator licensing in Texas is handled by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Private Security Program regulates the private security and private investigation industry under the authority of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 and the Private Security Board’s Administrative Rules.

Visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website for specific information on obtaining your Texas private investigator license including: licensing requirements, forms and applications, education and exam requirements and fees involved.

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

Private Investigator Associations

  • Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI) – An organization that promotes and encourages professionalism among licensed private investigators through information, education, training, legislative action, membership support and networking. TALI provides helpful information on private eye training and continuing education, meeting and networking opportunities, and information resources for its members.

Hire a Private Detective

  • Hire a Private Detective in Texas –  To hire a P.I. in Texas, please visit our international directory of investigation agencies. Our directory may also help you find an agency to sponsor your training and certification efforts and help you comply with state licensing requirements.

Additional Information

  • Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a degree or certification program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigation knowledge necessary to get licensed.


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