How to Become a Private Investigator in New Mexico
Updated: 4 days ago
Becoming a Private Investigator in New Mexico is different from most other places. The difference is that New Mexico does not require much for you to work as a PI for a NM Private Investigator agency. You simply need to be registered as support staff for a New Mexico PI agency and take a government PI test. 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 need to take a government approved PI licensing test. In New Mexico, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators is the Private Investigations Advisory Board. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and experience to The Board, you will get your New Mexico full PI license. Most jurisdiction will have a PI beginner’s license, New Mexico does not. However, being registered support staff is similar to a beginner’s PI license. This is where your struggle will begin.
Your Private Investigator beginner’s license in New Mexico is just being support staff to a New Mexico 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 Mexico PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced NM 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 NM 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 21yo 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 need a high school diploma.
You must be sponsored by a New Mexico PI agency.
7. You need an Authorization for Release of Information form.
8. You need to take and pass the New Mexico PI test. You can print out the test and include the completed document in you application.
Private Investigations Advisory Board
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
This lack of guidance is why so many rookie New Mexico Private Investigators burn out and quit and why many experienced NM 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 Mexico 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 NM 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 of experience(6000hrs) and get a New Mexico 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.
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