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How to become a private investigator in Missouri?

You need a license to work as a private investigator in Missouri. In order to get the license you will need to file an application to the board of private investigator examiners.

You need a license to work as a private investigator in Missouri. In order to get the license you will need to file an application to the board of private investigator examiners. Though prior experience in investigative work will prove as a help in getting the license but it is not a compulsory requirement. If you do not posses prior experience than you will have to undergo a test. The main requirement is that you must be 21 years of age. You must be citizen of United States of America.


For obtaining the license you will have to get the fingerprinted from Missouri highway patrol. For this a vendor assists them. In order to set a time to get the fingerprints done you will have to fix a time by contacting the L-1 identity solutions. For this you will have to provide them the ORI number MO920680Z and OCA - PI. For getting the fingerprints done you will have to pay the vendor the fee of $52.20. You can also get the fingerprints from the police station manually and then send them from processing. But you will have to send them in two sets along with a fee of $39.95. You can send them simultaneously along with the application but it will take more time for processing. You will have to send it in the same ORI number and OCA code.


L-1 Identity Solutions

hen you will have to fill a social security disclosure form which you will have to attach along with the application form. You can download the form from the following link. You will have to attach a copy of liability insurance with amount no less than $250000.


Then obtain the application form and fill it correctly. All the information provided in it should be correct. The application should be filled in black ink. You will have to attach two recent photographs, receipt of your fingerprint submission, a certificate of liability insurance, documents showing workers' comp insurance, the Social Security Disclosure form and information showing prior experience. Proof of experience can be provided in the form of letters from clients, copies of advertisements, references from former employers which show that you have an experience of investigation in the past two years. You can obtain the application on the Board of Private Investigator Examiners Web site or by mailing in a request.

Board of Private Investigator Examiners
PO Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102

You can appear to the exam conducted by the board if they consider it necessary. But you can avoid the exam by providing two years experience. If after processing the form the board feels that you must appear to the exam then they will mail you the study book, application and the date and location for exam. Mail the application and fix the time of exam on the basis of information provided by them.



Contact Information:

3605 Missouri Boulevard, P.O. Box 1335, Jefferson City, Missouri, United States, 65102
Phone: (573) 522-7744
Fax: (573) 526-0661


Citation Statute: 
Missouri Code of State Regulations
Title 20 - Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration
Division 2234 - Board of Private Investigator Examiners

Missouri Revised Statutes
Chapter 324: Occupations and Professions General Provisions 
Sections 324.1100 - 324.1148




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