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

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