How to Become a Private Investigator in Minnesota

To become a Private Investigator in Minnesota is different from most other places. The difference is that Minnesota 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 Minnesota PI. However, you won’t have a Minnesota Private Investigator's license but you can work as one. 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 previous investigative experience (6000hrs). Other than investigative experience, to become a Private Investigator in Minnesota, you need to meet basic Private Investigator requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual PI requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you do "not" need to take a government approved PI licensing course/ test (most other places you do). In Minnesota, the government body that controls licensed Private Detectives is the STATE OF MINNESOTA BOARD OF PRIVATE DETECTIVE AND PROTECTIVE AGENT SERVICES. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and investigative experience to The Board, you will get your Minnesota PI license. Most jurisdiction will have a PI beginner’s license, Minnesota does not. However, being employed under a licensed Minnesota PI is similar to a beginner’s PI license. This is where your struggle will begin.

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Your Private Investigator beginner’s license equivalent in Minnesota is just being support staff to a Minnesota PI agency. Your Minnesota PI agency employer will register you with the government. Your title will be INVESTIGATOR. This will allow you to work for a Minnesota 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 Minnesota PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced 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 operations. This is why practical Private Investigator education and training specifically for Private Investigators is necessary.