Private Investigator Licensing in Minnesota

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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 Minnesota. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Company Licenses

Minnesota Security Company Licenses

Minnesota Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Minnesota Private Detective and Protective Agent Services Board
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Agency fee:

$1,900 for corporations and LLCs, $1,700 for partnerships.

Notes:

Application forms must be requested from the board.

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

Ranges from $540 for companies with 1 employee to $1,220 for companies with 51 or more employees.

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

Renewal forms are provided by the board.

Individual Licenses

Minnesota Individual Security Licenses

Minnesota Private Investigator License

Agency:Minnesota Private Detective and Protective Agent Services Board

Initial Registration

Agency fee:

$1,000

Notes:

Application forms must be requested from the board.

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$540

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

Renewal forms are provided by the 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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