Minnesota Private Investigator License

Minnesota Private Investigator License

There are lots of advantages to working as a private investigator in the state of Minnesota. For instance, both businesses and private detectives have the freedom to select their working hours as well as the project they desire to carry out. Besides, they are their own bosses who manage the project and make a pretty good income.

So, if you’re thinking of becoming an individual investigator or launching a PI agency, make sure to learn everything about licensing since it is absolutely mandatory in Minnesota.

Main requirements

The authority that provides PI licenses in MN is the Board of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services. To obtain one, both individuals and agencies can apply. The board differentiates two types of licensure for people and businesses:

  • Private investigator
  • Protective agent

Each of them has a unique application procedure and requirements. So, let’s discuss them one by one. To add up, if you’re an out-of-state business, to start your career in the state you should offer a manager who resides in Minnesota.


The following term applies to sole proprietors, qualified representatives, and MN managers. The common demands of the applicant include these points:

  • Being at least 18 and possessing identification documents such as a US passport, Minnesota driver’s license, etc.
  • Clear background check without convictions of any felony
  • Proof of $10,000 surety bond coverage
  • Have over 6,000 hours of experience in the respective area or relevant field
  • Financial Responsibility paperwork
  • Good moral character

Protective Agent

The obligations  are relatively the same although the applicant’s 6,000 hours of employment demands should be accomplished in one of the following scopes of work:

  • Hired for the security (or investigative) purposes to operate with an authorized representative
  • Operated in the US government investigative services
  • Employed in the city police department or sheriff’s office to carry out relevant positions or other occupations related to this area

Application Process

The procedure to apply for the license may look complicated, but don’t worry, we are here to guide you. If you meet the qualifications that are mentioned above, we invite you to take a close look at this step-by-step guide to the process:

  • Firstly, finish the application (check out below).
  • Secondly, fill out an informed consent criminal check form.
  • Thirdly, attach a passport-form photo and a set of your fingerprints.
  • Then, include 5 referees who know you for more than 5 years (they should not be related by blood).
  • Finally, pay the processing charges.

How to obtain the Request Form?

To get the package you need to order the request form and fill out all the necessary sections. Once you complete it, you should pay $25.  The authority refunds one-half of the license fee if your application gets denied.

Moreover, don’t forget that agencies or companies outside of the state should have a representative or a manager. Thus, they must provide proof of their expertise with relevant documentation.

Applicable Fees

Taking into account the type of licensure, as well as the number of employees you’re going to hire, the cost of licensure can vary greatly. Here are some applicable charges to consider:

  • Individual PI- $1000
  • PI corporation/LLC- $1,900
  • Protective agent (person)- $800 (for corporation/LLC the fee is $1,800)
  • Submitting the request- $25

You can view the full list of fees on the website of the MN Private Detective Board.

Additional Information

If you need further assistance regarding the licensing process contact the office by calling at (651) 793-2669 (TTY (651) 282-6555).

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