Become a P.I. in PA

One of the most frequently asked questions is “How do I become a Private Investigator?” Read “The Private Detective Act of 1953″ under Title 22 of the PA Code to determine if you qualify. Then, contact the Clerk of Courts of the county of residence for further instructions and a court date. Applicants in most counties will be investigated by the District Attorney before a court date will be granted. A bond is required.

Please note: To qualify to be a PI in Pennsylvania, the law requires 3 years investigative experience and each license is issued by the county judge. Applicants should contact their Clerk of Courts for detailed information and procedures.

To learn other items of importance to Private Investigators and Security Officers, refer to the following legislation:

The Private Detective Act of 1953