How to Become a Private Investigator in Michigan

To become a Private Investigator in Michigan is different from most other places. The difference is that Michigan does not require much for you to work as a PI for a Private Investigator agency. A Private Investigator course or Private Investigator training is not even needed. You simply need to be employed/ registered under a licensed Michigan PI agency as a Private Investigator. You will get a Michigan "beginner's" license/ title for this called INVESTIGATIVE EMPLOYEE. You need a PI employer to get this title. However, you won’t have a full Michigan Private Investigator's license (work for yourself) but you can work as one for an agency. This can be viewed as you being a Private Investigator under supervision. A full PI license allows you to work for yourself (your own business). This requires you to have experience or education. Other than experience/ education, to become a Private Investigator in Michigan, you need to meet basic Private Investigator requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you will NOT need to take a government approved PI licensing course (most other places you do). In Michigan, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators (called Professional Investigator) is the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and experience/ education to The Department, you will get your full Michigan PI license. Most jurisdictions will have a PI beginner’s license. In Michigan, this license is the INVESTIGATIVE EMPLOYEE title. Getting this beginner's title is when your struggle will begin.

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Your Private Investigator beginner’s license equivalent in Michigan is just being support staff to a Michigan PI agency with the INVESTIGATIVE EMPLOYEE title. This will allow you to work for a Michigan PI agency, but you will not be able to work for yourself (your own PI company). This means you must work under the supervision of a fully licensed Michigan PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced Michigan Private Investigator. In fact, PI agencies are not economically structured to have mentor/ student surveillance teams. Furthermore, a background in non-PI investigations will give you some transferable knowledge but it will not set you up to become a successful Private Investigator. New Private Investigators still need to know how to be successful working surveillance operations. This is why practical Private Investigator education and training specifically for Private Investigators is necessary. <