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Florida Association of Private Investigators

Find information on how to obtain your Private Investigator License!

Find the best tools and options for your research needs within your state!

Find the best training in the state of Florida!

Find a trusted Private Investigator in your area

County Websites

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Private Detective License Information

Application as an individual (Class C):     

Application as an agency (Class A):  

To qualify for a license, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old. 

  • Be a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States or have been granted authority to work in this country by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration.  


An applicant for the Class "C" Private Investigator License must have two (2) years of lawfully gained, verifiable, full-time experience to qualify for the license. This experience can be acquired through a combination of:

  • Private investigative work or related fields of work that provided equivalent experience or training;

  • College coursework related to criminal justice, criminology or law enforcement administration, or successful completion of any law enforcement-related training received from any federal, state, county or municipal agency, except that no more than one year may be used from this category; and

  • Work as a Class “CC” licensed private investigator intern. This internship is done at a licensed private investigative agency.

An applicant for the Class “C” license must pass an examination.

Note:  You must pass the exam before applying for your license and submit proof of having passed the exam with your application. Application costs $100.  The exam must be taken at one of the Florida regional offices.  that can be found at:   

Exam FAQs and information:     

For other applications regarding firearms licensing, investigator manager license, or branch office application, please visit: 

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Florida Research Resources

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Criminal Search

  • You will need to choose your county.  If your county is not listed please visit the county website.  You can find county websites at the top of this page.

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Civil Case Search

Police Records

Property Search

Vital Records Search

Business Search

DEP Business Portal

Search for Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, and Trademarks by Name

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Private Investigator Training

National Investigative Training Academy

Private Investigator Class CC Intern License

CSI Academy

Florida Security and Firearms Training

COBRA Self Defense Training

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Hire a Private Investigator

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