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How to Become a Private Investigator in Maryland

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Becoming a private investigator in Maryland is fairly easy because all that is required is a license and a background check. The appropriate paperwork can be found through the Maryland State Police. However, it is encouraged that you also have some formal education or background in criminal justice.

Becoming a P.I.

Enroll in a training program. While it is not required, the first thing you should do is get some sort of formal training in being a private investigator. In Maryland, many vocational schools, such as Strayer University, offer Associate's Degrees in Criminal Justice.

Apply for a license. You will need to be licensed to be a private eye in any capacity. In Maryland, the state-mandated forms can be found online through the Maryland State Police. The state demands a completed application along with a set of fingerprints, either submitted electronically or via a fingerprint card. A fingerprint card can be obtained at any Maryland State Police barracks throughout the state.

Pay the required fees. For a new investigator the state requires a $237.25 fee. For a private investigator starting his or her own incorporated agency, the state requires $412.25.

Submit your application. The state will then conduct a background check before granting you a license.


Ryan Mavity has been a writer for the Cape Gazette in Lewes, Del. since February 2007. His work has also appeared at "bleacherreport," a national sports blog, and He holds a Bachelor of Arts in electronic media and film from Towson University.

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