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How to Become a Private Investigator in Utah

To Become a Private Investigator in Utah is similar to most other places: you need to meet basic UT Private Investigator requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual PI requirements of this nature.


However, to become a Private Investigator in Utah does not require you to take a government approved Utah Private Investigator's license PI course or official state Private Investigator training (most places you do).


Utah Private Investigator Employer

To work as a Private Investigator in Utah, you need to be hired by a local Private Investigator agency. Getting hired as a PI in Utah 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.

Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification: PI Licensing

In Utah, the government body that controls licensed Utah Private Investigators is the Bureau of Criminal Identification. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements to the Bureau, you will get your Utah PI beginner’s license. This is where your struggle will begin.

Utah Private Investigator Apprentice

Your Private Investigator beginner’s license in Utah is called "Private Investigator Apprentice." You must be sponsored by a Utah PI agency to get this license. It will allow you to work for a Utah 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 Utah PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced Utah 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 Utah 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.

Utah Private Investigator Apprentice Requirements

RESTRICTIONS: You can only work under a Utah PI agency.

  1. You need to be 18yo or older.

  2. You need to be a resident of Utah.

  3. You need a clean criminal record.

  4. You need to be sponsored by a Utah PI agency.

  5. You need a $10 000 surety bond. A surety bond is a legal promise to assume financial responsibility for contracted obligations you will agree to.

  6. You must include the bond in your application.

  7. You must pay a small licensing fee.

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This lack of guidance is why so many new Utah Private Investigators burn out and quit and why many experienced Utah 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.

Utah Private Investigator

So, the time comes for you to work investigations in Utah 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 Utah 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 over 5000hrs of experience and get a Utah PI license, you be qualified to work for yourself with your own Utah PI agency. Hopefully, when you are hiring new Private Investigators, you will appreciate the importance of proper PI education.

Utah Full Private Investigator License Requirements

PERMISSIONS: You can apply for a PI business license and work for yourself.

  1. You need to be 21yo or older.

  2. You need to be a resident of Utah.

  3. You need a clean criminal record.

  4. You need at least 2000hrs of investigative experience. This needs to be verified. To operate a Utah PI agency you need 5000hrs.

  5. You need to document your investigative experience in a VERIFICATION OF INVESTIGATIVE EXPERIENCE DOC.

Thinking of Becoming a Utah Private Investigator?

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