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How to Become a Private Investigator in Nevada

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Becoming a Private Investigator in Nevada is different from most other places. The difference is that Nevada does not require much for you to work as a PI for a Private Investigator agency. You simply need to be employed under a licensed Nevada PI agency. However, you won’t be a licensed Nevada PI 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(10,000hrs). Other than investigative experience, you need to meet basic requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you do not need to take a government approved PI licensing course (most other places you do). However, you will need to take a Nevada government PI test: "Nevada State Board Examination." In Nevada, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators is the State of Nevada Private Investigators Licensing Board. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and completion of the Private Investigator licensing test to The Board, you will get your Nevada PI license. Most jurisdiction will have a PI beginner’s license, Nevada does not. However, being employed under a licensed Nevada PI agency 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 in Nevada is just being support staff to a Nevada PI agency. This is called a Private Investigator WORK CARD. It will allow you to work for a 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 Nevada PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced Nevada 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 Nevada Private Investigator. New Nevada 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.



Private Investigator Beginner License (WORK CARD) Requirements



  1. You need to be 21yo or older.

  2. You need to be legally allowed to work in Nevada.

  3. You cannot have a history of mental illness.

  4. You must have a clean criminal record.

  5. You will have to pay a small licensing fee.

  6. You will need to pass a WORK CARD test and submit it in the online application. You must be familiar with the study guide in order to pass the test.


-You must apply for a PI WORK CARD online


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This lack of guidance is why so many rookie Nevada Private Investigators burn out and quit and why many experienced Nevada Private Investigators are jaded. On top of this, PI clients with small budgets typically get the new unqualified Private Investigators, nobody wins in this situation. It is also not fair to small PI clients to use their files to haphazardly train new Private Investigators.


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So, the time comes for you to work investigations in Nevada with no Private Investigator experience or education. If you took a PI course or PI training, it most likely focused on legal matters with no real practical Private Investigator training or topics. The Nevada WORK CARD test offered no surveillance education. You will always be told by Nevada PI employers that “soon you will get some PI training,” which never happens. It took me over five years to figure out the industry and get good at a few specialized fields. During that time, I struggled and probably lost several hundred thousand dollars due to loosing work opportunities from a lack of skill and education. What is sad is that this is a common story in the industry. If you make it through this meat grinder of an industry with five years (10,000hrs) of experience and get a Nevada PI license, you be qualified to work for yourself with your own PI agency. Hopefully, when you are hiring new Private Investigators, you will appreciate the importance of proper PI education.



FULL Private Investigator License Requirements


-You need to be 21yo or older.


-You need to be legally allowed to work in Nevada.


-You cannot have a history of mental illness.


-You must have a clean criminal record.


-You will have to pay a small licensing fee.


-You need 10,000hrs of PI experience in the past five years. Degrees in a criminal justice type field can account for some of the hours needed.



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