Do you want to become a private investigator in
If so, here's how...
The information needed to obtain your Private
Detective License in the state of Michigan
can be obtained from:
Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth
P.O. Box 30018
The MCPI is a group of investigators that assemble in order
to further each investigator’s education/resources,
to network, and to monitor legal issues that affect our
industry. We do not have any control over the licensing
process in the state of Michigan. If you believe you qualify
for a Private
Detective License, you should contact the Department
of Labor & & Economic Growth (DLEG) at the address
above and request an application. You will be sent a pre-application
package to determine if you are eligible to apply. Upon
receipt of this package, you will learn what criteria must
be met in order to qualify for a license (i.e.. education,
experience, references, criminal, etc.). Forms are available
Once you complete these forms return them to the DLEG.
If you qualify to apply, you will be sent a formal application.
Upon completion of this package, you will be investigated
and interviewed. Later, you will either be granted your
license or denied. The licensing process is controlled entirely
by the DLEG. Please refer to the Private
Detective License Act, Public Act 285 of 1965,
as amended by Public Act 474 or 2002, which is the law pertaining
to our profession.
Please note that most states have their own licensing criteria
(except for a few that have no licensing requirements).
If you are interested in obtaining a license in any other
state, please contact that state’s licensing agency
or their state police department for information on their
Please visit the MCPI’s website in the future and
feel free to contact
us if you have any additional questions.