NEW YORK PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR LICENSE
2019 PI license application and test help!
A New York licensed private investigator is hired to obtain information regarding the identity, habits, conduct,
movements, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, reputation, or character of any person or group of persons.
A private investigator may also conduct investigations regarding the credibility of witnesses; the whereabouts of missing persons;
the location of missing persons; the location or recovery of lost or stolen property; and the causes and origin of- or responsibility for-
fires, libels, or losses. It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Private Investigators, Bail Enforcement Agents, Watch,
Guard or Patrol Agencies and Security Guards License Law.
New York Private Investigator license examination testing
--You have 2 1/2 hours to complete the exam
--After you pass the license test, you have 2 years to apply for a NY PI license
--NY PI LICENSE EXAMINATIONS,
at Albany, Buffalo, Franklin Square,
Hauppauge, NYC, and Syracuse
--70% is the minimum required to pass
--there are several versions of the test
--Your Pass or Fail results will arrive by mail in a week or so
--no testing appointments are made;
it is a walk-in testing; pay $15
--tests are administered only on Monday
or Tuesday mornings of certain months
--Seven examination locations throughout the state
What are the requirements to be a licensed Private Investigator?
You must be 25 years of age and a principal in the business entity to be licensed.
Additionally, as the individual possessing the expertise to oversee the day-to-day conduct
of investigations, you must have passed the private investigator examination within
the two years immediately prior to your application date and have either three years
experience or three years equivalent position and experience. All applicants must be fingerprinted.
What do the terms "experience" and "equivalent position and experience" mean?
"Experience" is defined as three years of full-time investigative experience as a proprietary investigator,
employee of a licensed private investigator, or an investigator in a government investigative agency or police agency.
"Equivalent experience" is defined as three years in a position where the primary duties were to conduct investigations,
or three years of experience supervising and reviewing the work of at least three persons performing investigations,
or New York State police officers or fire marshals with 20 years of service irrespective of title.
Updated for 2019!
--You should know:
license law, penal and criminal procedure law,
investigative techniques, supervision, restrictions,
questions on confessions, badges, surveillance,
getting a corporate PI license vs sole proprietor,
employee records, evidence, thefts, burglary, hearsay,
larceny, interpreting written material, branch offices,
guards, bail recovery, photography, notary, privacy,
employee, management, labor strikes, security,
arson, employee theft, training, debt collection,
employment agencies, report writing questions, and more
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