How To Get a Private Investigator License in Texas

How To Get a Private Investigator License in Texas
Learn how to get a private investigator license in Texas.

Learn How to Get a Private Investigator License in Texas

This article explains how to get a private investigator’s license in Texas. Here, you’ll find an overview of the state licensing authority and a list of general requirements. In addition, you’ll get recommendations for joining an investigation association and where to find training and development opportunities.

Texas Private Investigator Licensing Authority

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

Contact Information

Please visit the Texas Department of Public Safety/Private Security Bureau website. Application forms can be submitted online, and questions can be submitted via an online form.

Street Address:
Texas Department of Public Safety
5805 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78752-4431

Mailing Address:
Texas Department of Public Safety
P O Box 4087
Austin, Texas 78773-0001

Requirements to Get a Private Investigator License in Texas

The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website above for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance requirements, fees, and special licensing requirements. You may apply for a private investigator license if:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You have never been convicted of a felony in any jurisdiction
  • You have not been convicted in the past five years of a Class B misdemeanor in any jurisdiction
  • You are not currently charged with or under indictment for a Class A misdemeanor or felony
  • You are not currently charged with a Class B misdemeanor
  • You have never been found incompetent due to a mental defect or disease by a court
  • You are not required to register in Texas or any other jurisdiction as a sex offender
  • You have never been dishonorably discharged from U.S. military service

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

Private Investigator Associations

Once you get a license, we recommend joining the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI). TALI is 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.

List of Private Investigation Agencies in Texas

If you’re looking for employment, check out our list of Private Investigation Agencies in Texas. Contact the private investigators and investigation agencies on the list to inquire about open positions and internships.

Training and Education

Texas has specific training courses for private investigators (which are grouped under Private Security). Visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website and click on the link for Instructor / Training School Resources for a list of training documents.

Also, please view our list of general Training Resources for a collection of degrees, certification programs, training courses, and home study courses. Please note that the courses recommended by the state should be completed first.

Information on Licensing in Other States

The Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook: How to Get a Private Investigator License in any State
Dive into this book to learn more about state-specific licensing requirements, training resources, and industry associations. Also, get a better understanding of the work environment, career prospects, and salaries.

Already a PI? Use it to learn about licensing in other states. Or, use it to help guide your new hires through the licensing process.

This edition includes enhanced training recommendations, suggestions for starting a new business, how to join an association, and updated state information. It’s your essential starting point on the path to becoming a private investigator.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about how to get a private investigator license in Texas, 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 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


    • Start by visiting the Texas Department of Public Safety/Private Security Bureau website at the link in the article above. The site provides an overview of the licensing requirements in the state and also has links to the forms needed to apply to be a private investigator.


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