Utah Department of Public Safety

BCI - Utah Private Investigator Licensing

WHERE TO APPLY

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Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84129
801-965-4445

WHO MAY APPLY

You may apply for a private investigator license if you are:

  • At least 21 years of age,
  • A legal resident of Utah, and
  • Of good moral character.

HOW TO APPLY

Answer all questions in the Application for Private Investigator License by typing or clearly printing in ink. (Application requires Adobe Reader. To download the FREE Adobe Reader, click here.) Attach all documentation required. The application must be signed and notarized.

COST TO APPLY

An application fee of $216.50 for an agency license. This fee will license one private investigation agency
and the owner or primary investigator of that agency.

An application of $116.50 for a registrant or apprentice license.

In addition to the application fee, a non-refundable FBI fee of $16.50 per applicant must be submitted with each application.

SURETY BOND INFORMATION FOR REGISTRANT OR APPRENTICE APPLICATIONS

A surety bond in the amount of $10,000 is required for each registrant or apprentice application. The bond should reference Section 53-9-110, and must remain in force throughout the license period. Please attach a copy of the bond.

LIABILITY INSURANCE INFORMATION FOR AGENCY APPLICATIONS

Liability Insurance in at least the amount of $500,000 is required for each agency application. The insurance must comply with the requirements in Utah Code Ann. ยง53-9-109(2) and (3). Please attach proof of the insurance. Also attach a certificate of workers' compensation, is applicable.

DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Agency License

  • The applicant must have at least 10,000 hours of investigative experience. Attach copies of the "Verification of Investigative Experience" form to show your hours worked.
  • Include a certificate of workers' compensation insurance.

Registrant License

  • The applicant must have at least 2,000 hours of investigative experience. Attach copies of the "Verification of Investigative Experience" form to show your hours worked.

Apprentice Applicant

  • An apprentice must work for a licensed private investigation agency.

NOTE: All attachments must be printed or typed to ensure legibility.

APPLICATION PROCESSING

Once the Bureau receives your application, a background investigation will be conducted.

The application will then be reviewed by the Private Investigator Hearing and Licensure Board for recommendation of issuance.

Please allow 90 days for processing your completed application. Do not call the Bureau regarding the status of your application unless you have not received notification within this time frame.

For more information, you may also call Bureau of Criminal Identification at 801-965-4445.

Updated March 27, 2012

[Last Update - Friday, 08-Mar-2013 16:27:06 MST]