Private Investigator Licensing in New York

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

Company Licenses

New York Security Company Licenses

New York Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:New York Department of State - Division of Licensing Services
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigator Application

Agency fee:

$500

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$500

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

Renewal forms are provided by the division.

Individual Licenses

New York Individual Security Licenses

New York Private Investigator License

Agency:New York Department of State - Division of Licensing Services
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigator Application

Agency fee:

$400

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$400

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

Renewal forms are provided by the division.

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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