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How to Become a Private Investigator in New Mexico

To Become 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.

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  • To work as a PI, you simply need to be registered as support staff for a New Mexico PI agency and take a government PI test but not a Private Investigator course or official state Private Investigator training.

However, you won’t have a New Mexico Private Investigator's license but you can work as one. This can be viewed as you being a Private Investigator under supervision.

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To become a Private Investigator in New Mexico, you need to be hired by a local Private Investigator agency as well as meet the basic requirements. Getting hired as a PI in New Mexico requires experience. If you do not have investigative experience, you should take a PI course that focuses on practical skills: Intro to a Career as a PI 100.

Full New Mexico PI License

A full New Mexico PI license allows you to work for yourself (your own business.). This requires you to have previous investigative experience. Other than investigative experience, to become a Private Investigator in New Mexico, you will need to meet basic Private Investigator requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual PI requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you need to take a government approved New Mexico PI licensing test.

New Mexico Private Investigations Advisory Board

In New Mexico, the government body that controls licensed New Mexico Private Investigators is the Private Investigations Advisory Board. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and experience as a PI employee 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.

NM Private Investigator Beginner’s License

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.

NM Private Investigator License Requirements

Private Investigator Employee (PI Beginner) License

  1. You need to be 21yo or older.

  2. You need to be legally allowed to work in New Mexico.

  3. You cannot have a history of mental illness.

  4. You must have a clean criminal record.

  5. You need a high school diploma.

  6. You must be hired 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.

  9. To get hired you need PI experience. If you don't have experience, you should take a PI SKILLS COURSE.

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New Mexico PI License Application

New Mexico Private Investigator Salary

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.

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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 losing 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.

Thinking of Becoming a New Mexico Private Investigator?

“ICPI Level 100 online Private Investigator Training” is the ultimate blueprint to start your exciting and rewarding career as a real NM Private Investigator.

ICPI will help you start successfully in this amazing new career, even if you know nothing about investigations.

Our team has vetted out the best training and investigative methods so that you can jump-start your journey towards having the meaningful career you’ve always wanted, immediately.

This training system will provide you, a successful detective, with all the templates that you need to succeed. A clear path on becoming a PI, understanding the PI business, becoming a successful PI, and thinking like a detective- all the tools you need to make six figures being an investigative Operative.

To date, this online training system consists of over 100 informational slides, videos, exercises and quizzes that provide a step-by-step path on how to achieve your dream job as a Private Investigator.

ICPI Level 100 takes about two weeks to complete with over 30 hours of high-quality training content that will make you a Private Investigator well on your way to becoming an expert in this fascinating career.


Get a certificate that "actually" matters. When you get certified by Novel Data in the 100 Level course, New Mexico Private Investigator agencies will be aware that you understand the PI industry. This will give you a great competitive edge in the PI job market. Most PI applicants know very little about the PI job they are applying to. Not you. A PI hiring manager will not want to risk turnaround by hiring someone unfamiliar with the industry, they will choose an applicant who is familiar with what will be expected of them. With Novel Data's certification, that applicant will be you!

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