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Private Investigator Registration

Private Investigator

 

Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) governing PI licenses and registrations

Private Investigators: Title 32, Chapter 24

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=32

 

Who must be registered

You must have a valid Private Investigator Employee registration certificate if your work meets the definitions in ARS §32-2401-16 (below). This registration certificate will only be issued under the sponsorship of an Arizona licensed private investigation agency. The Private Investigator Employee registration certificate is valid only while employed by the sponsoring Agency. If your employment ends, the Qualifying Party of that agency must return your registration certificate to DPS.

It is illegal for a Private Investigator to work in Arizona without an Arizona registration certificate. Arizona does not have any reciprocity agreements with any other states.

Unless you fall under one of the exemptions in Private Investigator Exemptions (
ARS §32-2409), providing private investigation services without a license is a class 1 misdemeanor. Additionally, a violation of these regulations can prevent you from obtaining a license and/or registration certificate in the future.

 

Legal Definition of a Private Investigator (ARS §32-2401-16)

16. "Private investigator" means a person other than an insurance adjuster or an on-duty peace officer as defined in section 1-215 who, for any consideration, engages in business or accepts employment to:

(a) Furnish, agree to make or make any investigation for the purpose of obtaining information with reference to:

  (i) Crime or wrongs done or threatened against the United States or any state or territory of the United States.
  (ii) The identity, habits, conduct, movements, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, reputation or character of any person or group of persons.
  (iii) The credibility of witnesses or other persons.
  (iv) The whereabouts of missing persons, owners of abandoned property or escheated property or heirs to estates.
  (v) The location or recovery of lost or stolen property.
  (vi) The causes and origin of, or responsibility for, a fire, libel, slander, a loss, an accident, damage or an injury to real or personal property.
(b) Secure evidence to be used before investigating committees or boards of award or arbitration or in the trial of civil or criminal cases and the preparation therefor.
(c) Investigate threats of violence and provide the service of protection of individuals from serious bodily harm or death.

 
Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint background check

The applicant's fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI. The procedures for obtaining a change, correction, or updating of your criminal history record are set forth in Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 16.34.

 

Private Investigator Employee

New Hire

Steps

  1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Private Investigation agency. This agency fills out the Employer section and signs the Registration Application.

  2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

  3. Submit fingerprints.

  4. Submit a passport sized color photograph of your face. Photographs should be 2"x2" or smaller.

  5. Submit $72 cash, money order, cashier's check or private investigation agency check payable to DPS. This covers the $50 registration certificate fee and the $22 FBI fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

Expiration date will be the same as the Agency’s expiration date.

 

Renewal
  • Private Investigator Employees renew when their Agency renews

  • Renewals will be accepted 60 days before the expiration date

  • If the renewal is less than 90 days past the expiration date, please add a $10 late fee

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  • Renewals expired past 90 days will not be accepted

 

Steps

  1. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

  2. If your appearance has changed , then submit a passport sized color photograph of your face. Photographs should be 2"x2" or smaller.

  3. Submit $72 cash, money order, cashier's check or private investigation agency check payable to DPS. This covers the $50 registration certificate fee and the $22 FBI fingerprint processing fee. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

 

Additional Private Investigator Employee licenses

A separate Private Investigator Employee registration certificate is required for each job

You may work as a private investigator for as many agencies as you wish. An additional private investigator employee registration certificate is needed for each agency for which you are employed. The private investigator employee registration certificate is valid only while employed by the sponsoring Agency. If your employment ends, you must surrender your registration certificate to the Agency.

  • Expiration date will be the same as the Agency named on the registration certificate

  • Fingerprint card is not required

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Steps

  1. Be offered employment by a DPS-licensed Private Investigation agency. The agency fills out Employer section of the Registration Application and an authorized person signs it.

  2. Complete and sign the Employee section.

  3. Submit $10 cash, money order, cashier's check or private investigation agency check payable to DPS. The Licensing Unit does not accept personal checks, credit or debit cards.

  4. Submit proof of identification, such as a Drivers License.

 

 

Experience and Training required

At this time, there are no experience or training requirements to become a Private Investigator Employee.

 

 

Revised 04/09/2014


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