Private Investigator Licensing in North Carolina

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

Company Licenses

North Carolina Security Company Licenses

North Carolina Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:North Carolina Private Protective Services Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Company Business License

Agency fee:

$150 application fee + $38 fingerprint fee + $500 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$500

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail 60 days prior to expiration.

Individual Licenses

North Carolina Individual Security Licenses

North Carolina Private Investigator License

Agency:North Carolina Private Protective Services Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License or Associate License

Agency fee:

$150 + $38 fingerprint fee + $500 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$500

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail 60 days prior to expiration.

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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