How To Get a Private Investigator License in Utah


If you want to know how to get a private investigator’s license in Utah, follow the instructions below. The article provides an overview of the licensing authority, including contact information. In addition, it includes a list of general requirements. Also, review the recommendations for joining an association and where to find training opportunities.

Utah Private Investigator Licensing Authority

The Utah Department of Public Safety and Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), handles private investigator licensing in Utah.

Utah Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Address: 3888 West 5400 South, Taylorsville, UT 84129
Phone Number: 801-965-4445

Visit the website to get the most updated and specific information on the requirements, download application forms and supporting documents, and understand all of the requirements to become a private investigator in Utah. Although the forms are available on the website, you must submit the information in person at the above address.

Who can apply to get a private investigator license in Utah?

You may apply for a private investigator license in the state of Utah if:

  • You are at least 21 years of age
  • You are a legal resident of Utah
  • You are a good moral character

Experience Requirements

To qualify for an agency license, the applicant must have at least 5,000 hours of investigation experience. Applicants working for an agency must have at least 2,000 hours of experience. You must complete a verification of investigative experience form as part of the application process.

Cost to Apply for a Private Investigator License

The state charges an application fee of $242.00 for a private investigation agency license. The fee is good for licensing license one private investigation agency and the owner of that agency. The renewal fee is $115.00 per year.

For each investigator’s license, there is a fee of $142.00. The renewal fee for individual licenses is $65.00 per year.

These prices are subject to change anytime, so please visit the licensing website listed above for the most recent pricing information.

Insurance and Bonding Requirements

Each applicant is required to have a surety bond of $10,000. In addition, each applicant must carry at least $500,000 in liability insurance. A copy of the surety bond and proof of insurance should be attached to the application.

Processing Time

After you apply, a background investigation will be completed. Then, your application will be reviewed by the board. According to the website, processing an application currently takes about 90 days.

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.

Utah Private Investigator Associations

Once you get a private investigator license, we recommend joining the Private Investigators Association of Utah (PIAU). The PIAU provides helpful information for existing and aspiring private detectives. Visit the website to get the latest information and news about what is happening in the private detective industry in the state of Utah.

Find a Job as a Private Investigator

If you’re looking for a job, refer to our list of Private Investigators in Utah. Contact the list’s private investigators and investigation agencies for open positions.

Training and Education

The state of Utah has a minimum requirement for the number of hours of experience one must have to get a private investigator license. However, there are no specific training requirements, and an exam is not required to get licensed.

If you’re interested in general private investigation training programs, view the article Training Resources for a list of training programs and home study courses.


If you have any questions about how to get a private investigator’s license in Utah, please post a comment 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



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