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How to Become a Private Investigator in Connecticut

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The job of a private investigator is to discover information that will help solve cases. Private investigators, also known as private detectives, often work with the police to solve cases of fraud, adultery, kidnapping and other criminal acts. Most private investigator training is completed on-the-job. Investigators need to have good communication skills because they often have to work with people and conduct interviews while working. Connecticut, just like any state, has its own requirements for private investigator licensure.

Get an associate or bachelor’s degree in police science or criminal justice.

Find a job where you can acquire private investigator on-the-job experience. Try to find work with the police department or in an established private investigator firm. This is very important because the majority of a private investigator’s training is learned through doing actual investigating work and working with those that have more experience than you.

Gain five years of work experience. Once you have five years of experience and you have good moral character and are at least 25 years old, you will be eligible to apply to become a licensed private investigator in the State of Connecticut.

Apply for your private investigator license. You can get a copy of the application form from the website of Connecticut’s Department of Public Safety Special Licensing and Firearms division (See References).

Submit the needed requirements for the private investigator license. You will be required to submit documentation including your notarized application form, two passport photos, driving record for the past three years, a copy of your driver’s license and four reference letters. An oral interview will be scheduled after your complete application is received.

Pay the application fee. The cost for a private detective license in the state of Connecticut is $1,450, as of 2010.

Apply for recertification every two years and pay the renewal fee of $625. To be eligible for renewal, you must fill out the renewal application form before your current license expires and sent it in to the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit.


Don’t wait till the last second to renew your license or you will risk working without a license until you get recertified.