How to Become a PI

Licensing Process

The following information reviews the requirements necessary for each license, permit or certificate issued by Private Protective Services. In addition, license applicants are responsible for complying with relevant North Carolina law, Private Protective Services N.C.G.S. 74-C, and the Board's Administrative Rules and Regulations under Private Protective Services 14B NCAC 16.

Requirements To Obtain a License

All applicants must:
  •  Be at least 18 years of age with a high school degree or equivalent.
  •  Be a US citizen or a resident alien.
  •  Be of good moral character with temperate habits (no criminal record, etc.).

Private Investigator License

Three years of experience in private investigative work (equivalent of 3,000 hours), or three years in an investigative capacity as a member of a law enforcement agency or other governmental agency. [See G.S. 74C-3(a) (8), 74C-8, 74C-9, 74C-10, 14B NCAC 16 .0401]. Otherwise you may apply for an associate PI license and work under the supervision of a sponsor (another full licensee).
Your first step should be to contact NC Private Protective Services at 919 875-3611 and request a packet. The packet will include the requirements to obtain a license, a check sheet, an application and the laws that govern PI’s.
For questions contact PPSB at 919-788-5320 or see PPSB website