• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Question: How do you become a private investigator?

    Answer: To become a private investigator in the State of California, you must first contact the licensing authority,  Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS).  

    Go to the section titled, “Licensees”. Then click on the section titled, “Private Investigators”.  It is highly recommended that you read and study all sections in”Private Investigator” to acquaint yourself with the licensing requirements.

    Question: How much can a private investigator make?

    Answer: Earnings differ from state to state. It is dependent on the economic climate, locality, and the type of cases you handle. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports for 2015 that the annual median salary for private detectives and investigators was $45,610 per year. The top 10% earn more than $85,190. Subcontractors can earn between $20.00 to $45.00 per hour.

    Question: Do you have to be a prior law enforcement officer?

    Answer: No

    Question: Can I carry a gun?

    Answer: You must first complete the qualification, certification, and licensing requirements. All states, jurisdictions, cities, towns, and counties have different requirements. Please contact your county sheriff or local police department to obtain the necessary requirements.

    Question: Can I work from home?

    Answer: Yes. Working from home is one of the many benefits of being a licensed private investigator. Please check your city, town, and county business licensing requirements.