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How to become a private investigator in North Carolina?

To work as a private investigator in North Carolina you must possess a license issued by North Carolina Department of Justice (Private Protective Services).

To work as a private investigator in North Carolina you must possess a license issued by North Carolina Department of Justice (Private Protective Services). The basic requirement to attain a license is that you must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally entitled to work in United States of America. You will have to undergo a thorough background check which scrutinizes your past criminal and moral history.


You must have at least three years of practical experience within last ten years in investigative service or as a member of law enforcement or government agency. If you are at the starting point, apply for your training under the direct supervision of a licensed private investigator for three years. This training comprises of three levels; each measured by 1000 hours of experience and work checked by a superior and senior. You can compensate for 200 hours by being educated yourself at board approved schools. In simple terms, you must have a high school degree which is approved by board.


The next step is then to request for a license through an application to North Carolina Private Protective Services Board. Fill the application form completely, duly signed and notarized.  The application forms are available for download here. North Carolina has reciprocity with states as California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Likewise, detectives licensed in North Carolina may do work in these locations.


In order to become a successful private investigator in North Carolina, do follow North Carolina Statutes and keep a bird’s view on the changes therein. For some more information on licensing process please log on to For information on fees one must contact the private protective services board at (919) 875-3611.  For renewal information, one must contact the private protective services board at (919) 875-3611.  For continuing education requirements please click here.


Reference Website:

Contact Information:
Private Protective Services Board, 1631 Midtown Place, Suite 104, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, 27609
Phone: (919) 875-3611
Fax: (919) 875-3609

North Carolina Association of Private Investigators

Citation Statute: 
North Carolina General Statutes
Chapter 74C: Private Protective Services
North Carolina Administrative Code
Title 12: Justice
Chapter 7: Private Protective Services


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