Private Investigator Licensing in Indiana

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Private investigation licenses are typically issued for individuals and organizations conducting investigative services. This guide contains information about private investigator licensing in Indiana. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Company Licenses

Indiana Security Company Licenses

Indiana Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board

Initial Registration


Application for Licensure as a Private Investigator Firm

Agency fee:

$150 if filed during the second half of the biennial renewal period, or $300 if filed during the first half.

Registration Renewal


Private Investigator Firm Renewal

Agency fee:



October 1 of every fourth year.

Individual Licenses

Indiana Individual Security Licenses

Indiana Private Investigator License

Not required

Indiana does not issue individual licenses for private investigators, however, individuals doing business as detectives will be required to apply for a license as a sole-proprietorship.

More information: Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board

Firearm Qualification - An additional qualification attached to license applications for armed private investigators.

Private Investigator Apprentice - Apprentices are issued limited licenses and can only operate under the direction of a licensed investigator.

Qualified Representative - A licensed private investigator who is responsible for the operation and management of an investigative agency.

Reciprocity - When a private investigator is allowed to do business in a different state under the license issued by their home state.

National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI)
Industry association that sponsors education and certification efforts for members.

National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS)
Private investigation and security advocacy group.

United States Association of Professional Investigators (USAPI)
Industry association focused on education and certification.

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