How to get a Private Investigator License in New York

By Todd Bryant

Todd Bryant

Under Article 7 of the New York General Business Law, private investigators in the state must get licensed in order to offer their services in the state. Getting a New York private investigator license includes fulfilling several pre-licensing criteria, passing an exam, submitting a surety bond, and an application.

Read on for a full overview of the licensing process for private investigators in NY!

New York State Private Investigator License Requirements

To be eligible to apply for an investigator license from the New York State Division of Licensing Services, individuals must conform with several licensing requirements. At the minimum, an applicant must:

  • Be at least 25 years old
  • Be the principal in the business entity which will be licensed
  • Have passed an investigator examination no more than two years before applying for a license

Private investigator exams are held once or twice a month. The exam is a multiple choice test and applicants are given 2½ hours to complete the test. Areas covered by the test include: license, penal and criminal procedure law, investigative techniques and several other areas.

See the Examination Information and Schedule section at the Division’s private investigator webpage for detailed information about the locations and dates of future exams.

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