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How to Become a Private Investigator in New Hampshire

Updated: Jun 19

Becoming a Private Investigator in New Hampshire is different from most other places. The difference is that New Hampshire does not require much for you to work as a PI for a New Hampshire Private Investigator agency. You simply need to be registered as support staff for a New Hampshire PI agency. However, you won’t be a fully licensed 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. 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 course/ test (most places you do). In New Hampshire, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators is DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY DIVISION OF STATE POLICE. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and experience to the police, you will get your New Hampshire full PI license. Most jurisdiction will have a PI beginner’s license, New Hampshire does not. However, being registered support staff 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 New Hampshire is just being support staff to a New Hampshire PI agency. This license is called, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR EMPLOYEE. 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 New Hampshire PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced New Hampshire 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.

Private Investigator Employee (PI Beginner) License Requirements

-You need to be 18yo or older.


-You need to be an American citizen.


-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 must be sponsored by a New Hampshire PI agency.


Private Investigator Employee Application


NH Private Investigator Employee Applica

Must Hand Deliver Application:

#106

33 Hazen Drive

Concord, New Hampshire


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This lack of guidance is why so many rookie New Hampshire Private Investigators burn out and quit and why many experienced NH 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.


So, the time comes for you to work investigations in New Hampshire 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. You will always be told by NH 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 four years of experience (full time average) and get a New Hampshire 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 18yo or older.

-You need to be an American citizen.

-You cannot have a history of mental illness.


-You must have a clean criminal record.


-You will have to pay a small licensing fee.


-Four years(full time average) of PI experience/ insurance investigations/ law enforcement/ senior management of a security company.

or

-A mix of PI experience and approved investigative education. .



Full PI License Application

NH Full PI License Applicationpdf


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