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P.I.s – Who Do You Call About Licensing? Your State to State Guide

P.I. licensing laws vary from state to state. Seven states have no licensing regulations. Are you thinking about moving? Before you do, here"s your definitive checklist of who to contact for information, and which states have no requirements. Here"s one less thing you have to "investigate.- The list is broken down by region, with current phone numbers available through information:
 
Northeast
 
Maine ... State Police Licensing Division, Augusta
New Hampshire ... New Hampshire State Police, Division of Licenses/Permits, Concord
Vermont ... Board of Private Investigative and Armed Security Services, Montpelier
Massachusetts ... Special Licensing Unit of the Massachusetts State Police, Danvers
Rhode Island ... State of Rhode Island Providence Plantations, Providence
Connecticut ... Department of Public Safety, Meriden
New York ... Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, Albany
Pennsylvania ... NO license required. Check with your desired county for county rules.
New Jersey ... State Police, Dept. of Law and Public Safety, West Trenton
 
Midwest
 
Wisconsin ... Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, Madison
Michigan ... State Police, Private Security and Investigator Unit, Lansing
Illinois ... Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Springfield
Indiana ... Private Detective Licensing Board, Indianapolis
Ohio ... Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Licensing, Columbus
North Dakota ... Private Investigative and Security Board, Bismarck
South Dakota ... NO license needed; but a business license thru the Dept. of Revenue is required.
Nebraska ... Secretary of State, Lincoln
Kansas ... Attorney General"s Office, Topeka
Minnesota ... Dept. of Public Safety, Private Detective Board, St. Paul
Iowa ... Administrative Services Division, Dept. of Public Safety, Des Moines
Missouri ... NO license needed. Joplin, Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis, / Springfield have their own requirements.
 
South
 
Delaware ... State Police, Detective Licensing, Dover
Maryland ... State Police, PI Licensing Division, Jessup
D.C. ... Security Officers Management Branch, D.C. Metro Police
Virginia ... Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, Private Security Section, Richmond
West Virginia ... Secretary of State, Licensing Division, Charleston
North Carolina ... Private Protective Services Board, Raleigh
South Carolina ... State Law Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Columbia
Georgia ... State Board of Private Security Agencies, Macon
Florida ... Dept. of State, Licensing Division, Tallahassee
Kentucky ... Board of Licensure for Private Investigators, Frankfort
Tennessee ... Dept. of Commerce and Insurance, Private Protective Services, Nashville
Mississippi ... None required.
Alabama ... None required.
Oklahoma ... Council on Law Enforcement Education / Training, Private Security, Oklahoma City
Texas ... Texas Commission on Private Security, Austin
Arkansas ... Board of Private Investigators, Little Rock
Louisiana ... State Board of Private Investigators Examiners, Baton Rouge
 
West
 
Idaho ... None required.
Montana ... Board of Private Security Patrol Officers / Investigators, Helena
Wyoming ... Local controls only.
Nevada ... Private Investigators Licensing Board, Attorney General"s Office, Carson City
Utah ... Dept. of Public Safety, Bureau of Regulatory Licensing, Salt Lake City
Colorado ... None required.
Arizona ... Dept. of Public Safety, Licensing, Phoenix
New Mexico ... Bureau of Private Investigators, Santa Fe
Alaska ... None; Fairbanks / other cities have their own requirements. Business license required.
Washington ... Dept. of Licensing, Olympia
Oregon ... Board of Investigators, Portland
California ... Licensing Division, Bureau of Security / Investigative Services, Sacramento
Hawaii ... Board of Private Detectives / Guards, Honolulu

By Neil Whitehall
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