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How to Become a Private Investigator in North Dakota

Updated: Jul 21

Becoming a Private Investigator in North Dakota is different from most other places. The difference is that North Dakota does not require much for you to work as a PI for a Private Investigator agency. You simply need to be employed/ registered under a licensed North Dakota PI agency. You will get a license for this: REGISTERED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. You will need a PI sponsor/ employer to get this license. However, you won’t be a licensed Private Detective 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 (2000hrs). 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). But, you will need to take a government PI exam before applying for a full PI license. In North Dakota, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators is the PRIVATE INVESTIGATION AND SECURITY BOARD. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and experience/ exam to The Board, you will get your North Dakota PI license. Most jurisdictions will have a PI beginner’s license. In North Dakota, this license is the REGISTERED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR license. Getting this beginner's license is when your struggle will begin.

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Your Private Investigator beginner’s license equivalent in North Dakota is just being support staff to a North Dakota PI agency with the REGISTERED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR license. This will allow you to work for a North Dakota 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 North Dakota PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced North Dakota 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 North Dakota Private Investigators still need to know how to be successful working surveillance operations. This is why practical Private Investigator education and training specifically for Private Investigators is necessary.


REGISTERED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR (Beginner) License Requirements


  1. You need to be 18yo or older.

  2. You need to be an American citizen.

  3. You cannot have a history of mental illness.

  4. You must have a clean criminal and personal record.

  5. You need a PI sponsor/ employer.



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This lack of guidance is why so many rookie North Dakota Private Investigators burn out and quit and why many experienced North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota PI industry. If you make it through this meat grinder of an industry and get 2000hrs of PI experience, you be qualified to work for yourself with your own North Dakota PI agency. Hopefully, when you are hiring new Private Investigators, you will appreciate the importance of proper PI education.



North Dakota FULL Private Investigator License Requirements

  1. You need to be 18yo or older.

  2. You need to be an American citizen.

  3. You need a high school diploma or GED.

  4. You cannot have a history of mental illness.

  5. You must have a clean criminal and personal record.

  6. You need 2000hrs of PI experience.

  7. You need to take the government PI exam before applying. You will have to contact The Board for exam information.


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