Pennsylvania Private Investigators Licensing Requirements

The requirements to get a PI’s license in Pennsylvania may change.  Below are a current list of the general requirements. Please visit the states website for the most up-to-date list of requirements.

Minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 25 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Have no felony, domestic violence, abuse convictions, or mental illness
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions associated with theft, honesty, fraud, or sale or use of controlled substances

Licensing Requirements:

  • Have three years of experience as a
    • Detective agency employee
    • Law enforcement agent (with a rank higher than a patrolman)
  • Not have been convicted of any of the following:
    • Felony
    • Illegally using, carrying, or possessing a dangerous weapon
    • Making or possessing instruments for burglary
    • Unlawfully entering a building
    • Aiding a prison escape
    • Unlawfully distributing or possessing habit forming narcotic drugs
    • Picking pockets (or trying to do so)
    • Recklessly endangering another person
    • Committing simple assault
    • Soliciting a person to commit sodomy or other lewdness
    • Making threats of terrorism


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Licensing Authority in Pennsylvania:

Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs

Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
Penn Center, 2601 N 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Toll Free: 1-833-DOS-BPOA (1-833-367-2762)
Fax: (717) 783-0510

Pennsylvania association of licensed investigators 

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