This article explains how to get a private investigator license in Delaware. The article includes a list of general requirements, an overview of the licensing application process, and contact information for the state licensing authority. In addition, it includes recommendations for joining a state private investigation association and training recommendations.
The Delaware State Police is responsible for regulating private investigative and security agencies, alarm companies, constables, bail enforcement agents, etc. The Delaware State Police defines a private investigator as “any person who engages in the business or accepts employment to obtain or furnish information to conduct investigations.”
The Delaware State Police website provides a detailed description of the licensing application process, the fees required, a list of helpful FAQs and the criteria for obtaining a private investigator license. The website is the best place to go to get information, forms, contact information, etc.
The process to Get a Private Investigator License in Delaware
Before beginning the application process, please note that applicants must be 21 years or older and must be working for a licensed private investigation agency in the State of Delaware. The process to get a private investigator license in Delaware is as follows:
1Get Fingerprints and Pictures
First, visit one of the following locations to get fingerprinted and have your picture taken:
State Bureau of Identification655 South Bay Road, Suite 1B, Dover, DE 19901
The Delaware State Bureau of Identification is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. No appointment is necessary.
Delaware State Police: Troop 2
100 Lagrange Ave, Newark, DE 19702
This location is available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call 302-739-2528.
2Complete and Submit an Application
Next, you must complete and submit the application. You can also pick up a physical copy of the application at either of the two locations listed above.
3Pay the Application Fee
Pay the non-refundable application fee of $85.00. You can pay the licensing application fee in cash, certified check, Visa, Master Card, Discover, company check, or money order. The DSP does not accept personal checks or American Express credit cards.
The application process to get a private investigator license in Delaware takes a minimum of two weeks to process. If and when your application is approved, ID cards will be mailed to the address listed on your application.
If you need to contact the Special Licensing section of the DSP for any reason, their contact information is as follows:
Email address: DSP_SBIDETECTIVELICENSINGMAIL@STATE.DE.US
Professional Licensing Section, P.O. Box 430, Dover, DE 19903
Note: Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required. Check the state licensing website for the most up to date list of requirements and for more information.
Delaware does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states. If you plan to work as a private investigator in the state, you need to apply for a Delaware license.
Delaware Private Investigator Associations
Join the state’s investigator association, Delaware Association of Detective Agencies (DADA), to network with others in the industry.
List of Existing Private Investigation Agencies in Delaware
View a list of private investigation agencies in Delaware to find an agency to sponsor you as a beginning private investigator.
Private Investigator Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a degree program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigation knowledge necessary to get licensed.
If you would like to learn more about the licensing process and get advice for getting your business up and running, buy the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook (eBook), available at Amazon.
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