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Private Investigators

“Private investigator” shall mean any person who engages in the business or accepts employment to obtain or furnish information or to conduct investigations.

What is the process to become a private investigator?

1. Individuals must come into one of our two locations for fingerprint and picture processing.

2. Individuals must complete the employee application, see the link below. Applications are also available at both locations

3.Upon approval, ID cards will be mailed to the address listed on the individual’s application.

What is the age requirement to be a private investigator?

You must be at least 21 years or older to apply.

What is the cost for a private investigator license?

There is a non-refundable $85.00 fee. We accept cash, certified check, Visa, Master Card, Discover, company check, or money order. We cannot accept personal checks or American Express.

Private Investigator FAQ’s

New/Renewal Application

Lost/Stolen/Name Change Application

Agency License – NEW

To begin the new licensure process, see procedures link below and follow the check list that applies to your agency.

Agency License – RENEWAL

Renewal procedures will be sent in a notification letter to the agency with the renewal instructions.

Private Investigator (Class A) Licensing Procedures

Private Security (Class B) Licensing Procedures

Private Investigator and Private Security (Class C) Licensing Procedures

Agency Application

License Holder Application

Agency Bond Form


The Board of Examiners of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies, the regulatory body for this industry, meets on a quarterly basis. New licensure and renewals with changes of an agency must be approved by the Board of Examiners.

Board of Examiners Meeting Schedule

Related Links:

Delaware Code

Rules and Regulations

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