How to Become a Private Investigator in Utah
Updated: 7 days ago
Becoming a Private Investigator in Utah is similar to most other places: you need to meet basic requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature. However, you do not need to take a government approved PI licensing course (most places you do). In Utah, the government body that controls licensed 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 PI beginner’s license. This is where your struggle will begin.
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 Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 W 5400 S Taylorsville Utah
Utah Private Investigator Apprentice Requirements
RESTRICTIONS: You can only work under a Utah PI agency.
You need to be 18yo or older.
You need to be a resident of Utah.
You need a clean criminal record.
You need to be sponsored by a Utah PI agency.
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.
You must include the bond in your application.
You must pay a small licensing fee.
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.
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.
Full Private Investigator License Requirements
PERMISSIONS: You can apply for a PI business license and work for yourself.
-You need to be 21yo or older.
-You need to be a resident of Utah.
-You need a clean criminal record.
-You need at least 2000hrs of investigative experience. This needs to be verified. To operate a PI agency you need 5000hrs. VERIFICATION OF INVESTIGATIVE EXPERIENCE DOC.
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