The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators promotes, preserves and protects the public safety and welfare through effective regulation of the practice of private investigations. The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators accomplishes this mission through the examination, testing, and licensing of prospective private investigators; regulation and discipline of all licensed private investigators; and through appropriate communication of information and laws pertaining to the practice of private investigations in Kentucky.
When submitting an application for licensure you can begin by applying for an individual license. All private detectives operating in the state must at minimum be licensed individually.
Your Individual Application for Licensure should include:
In addition to being licensed individually you may also need to complete a Company Application for Licensure if you are planning to form any of the following:
Keep in mind that the average time to evaluate an application for licensure is between two and three months.
Once you receive your Kentucky Private Investigators license it will remain valid for two years. The Board will notify you of the renewal fee of $250, and you will also need to complete a renewal application by June 30th before your license expires.
Currently the requirements for private detective licensing is 12 hours of continued education every 2 years. Industry training courses, certification classes, or continuing education options are accepted by the Board from approved sources including:
and other industry leaders for private investigator continued education such as:
State approved continued education training courses are offered at the annual meeting by the Kentucky Professional Investigators Association and are published here as information is available. Please see our annual conference page for more information on continued education training.
As part of the individual licensing process you will need to take the Private Investigator Exam. Once your application for licensure has been approved the Board will send you a study guide and scheduling information. You can begin preparing for the exam by studying the appropriate Kentucky Revised Statutes and Administrative Regulations, and the exam itself will include an evaluation of your knowledge regarding: