Home | Business4WV | News Center
FacebookFollow Secretary Tennant on Twitter Subscribe to Secretary Tennant's Videos on VimeoUstream   Font size: A-  A  A+

 Private Investigator Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the basic requirements for licensing, specific training or experience is required for a person to be eligible for licensing as a private investigator. In the case of a firm, the qualifying agent must meet these requirements. The applicant must have a minimum of two years experience, education or training in any one of the following areas, or some combination which would total the two year requirement:

  • Course work that is relevant to the private investigation business, such as criminal justice, ¬†at an accredited college or univeristy which issues a degree;
  • Employment as a member of any United States government investigative agency;
  • Employment as a member of a state or local law enforcement agency;
  • Employment by a licensed private investigation agency for the purpose of conducting the private investigation business;
  • Service as a magistrate in this State (Note: no person may be employed as a licensed private investigator while currently serving as magistrate.);
  • Service as a sheriff; or
  • Any other substantially equivalent training or experience which would satisfy the two year requirement.