To be eligible for a Private Detective license, all of the following must be true:
- Minimum 21 years of age.
- No felony convictions in the last 10 years.
- Not currently suffering from alcohol or substance abuse.
- Possess good moral character.
- Not been dishonorably discharged from the military.
In addition, a Private Detective license requires that the applicant possess a minimum of 3 years (out of the last 5 years) of qualifying full-time experience. The IDFPR considers a “year” to be at least 1,500 hours. Any combination of qualifying experience that totals 3 years will allow an applicant to sit for the examination.
The following experience will count toward the Private Detective eligibility requirement:
- Baccalaureate degree, or higher, in law enforcement, police science or a related field or a business degree from an accredited college or university will count for 2 years. An associate degree of the same types will count as 1 year.
- Working as a full-time employee (PERC) for a licensed private detective agency.
- An investigator for a licensed attorney, for a state, federal or local law enforcement agency, a state’s attorney’s office or a public defender’s office.
- In-house investigative unit for a corporation having 100 or more employees
- An investigative unit for any of the armed forces of the United States.
If you have any questions about your eligibility, please give us a call. 312-335-9470