Become a Private Detective through Training and Certification in Utah

The Utah Department of Public Safety Private Security Bureau licenses qualified individuals as private investigators in the state. Private investigators work all across the state in cities and towns including (but not limited to) Provo, Salt Lake City, West Valley City and West Jordan. The Utah Department of Workforce Services projects that between 2010 and 2020, job opportunities for licensed private investigators statewide will increase by 3.6 percent each year.

The process of becoming a private detective in Utah includes:

Meet Basic Utah Licensure Prerequisites
Meet Education and Experience Requirements in Utah
Submit Utah Application and Necessary Documentation
Now that you’re a Licensed Private Investigator in Utah

 


 

Step 1. Meet Basic Licensure Prerequisites for Private Investigators in Utah

Before you embark upon a course of action to become a licensed private investigator in Utah, make sure that you meet these basic prerequisites:

  • You are 21 years of age or older
  • You are a legal resident of the state of Utah
  • You are of good moral character
  • You have the financial ability to post a surety bond
  • You have the proper experience (see Step 2)

 


 

Step 2. Meet Education and Experience Requirements for Private Investigators in Utah

Experience

You must have a minimum of 2000 hours of investigative experience in order to apply for licensure to become a private investigator in Utah. Some applicants choose to apply as an Apprentice in order to gain this experience. To do so, you must have a firm offer of employment from a licensed private investigation agency in Utah. Use the application for licensure mentioned in Step 3 below, and follow the instructions.

Education

No formal education is required of private investigator applicants in Utah. However, holding a college degree in criminal justice or a related discipline can be beneficial to you, not only when you apply for licensure but also as you seek job opportunities in private investigation. Examples of helpful degrees for private investigators in Utah include:

  • Associate of Science-Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science – Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science- Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science- Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Business Administration- Legal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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Step 3. Submit an Application and Supporting Documentation for Licensure as a Private Investigator in Utah

The next step in your quest to become a licensed Utah private investigator is to submit a license application to the Department of Public Safety. Use the Application for Private Investigator Licensure. Make sure to complete the application in its entirety and sign it, and to attach all necessary supporting documentation. You must submit with the application:

  • $100 for a private investigator registrant or apprentice license via credit card or check or money order payable to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification
  • $16.50 FBI fingerprinting/criminal background check fee via credit card or check or money order payable to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification
  • A recent passport-sized color photo of yourself taken in the last 90 days
  • A photocopy of your driver’s license/state identification card
  • One completed fingerprint card (pick one up at the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, or have your local police department or sheriff’s office assist you)
  • A copy of the required surety bond for $10,000 (this is required for both private investigator registrants and apprentice applications)
  • Verification of Investigative Experience form documenting 2000hours of investigative experience

Mail or bring the above information to Bureau of Criminal Identification, 3888 West 5400 South, Taylorsville, UT 84129. It may take the Bureau 90 days to process your application, which includes conducting a thorough background investigation and review by the Private Investigator Hearing and Licensure Board.

 


 

Step 4. Now That You’re a Licensed Private Investigator in Utah

Congratulations! You now hold a Utah license to work as a private investigator! Make sure to keep your license current by renewing it annually on schedule. Use the Renewal Application for Private Investigator License and include a $50 renewal fee. You must also provide proof of a $10,000 Surety Bond.

Opening a Private Investigation Agency in Utah

Now that you’re a licensed private investigator in Utah, you might want to consider working for yourself by opening your own licensed private investigation agency. You cannot do so, however, until you have 10,000 hours of documented investigative experience. You must also get a certificate of workers’ compensation insurance to submit with your Application for Private Investigative Agency license form. In addition, you must send:

  • $200 application fee via check or money order payable to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation
  • Passport-type color photo of yourself taken in the last 90 days
  • Photocopy of your driver’s license or state ID card
  • Completed fingerprint card
  • $16.50 fingerprinting fee (via check or money order to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation)
  • Proof of liability insurance in the amount of $500,000

Mail all of the above to Bureau of Criminal Identification, 3888 West 5400 South, Taylorsville, UT 84129.

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