Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns
Reference Website: http://www.apib.alabama.gov/Contact Information:
Alabama Private Investigation Board (APIB), P.O. Box 241206 Montgomery, AL 36124-1206, Montgomery, Alabama, United States, 36124-1206
Phone: Phone: 334-215-0693
Fax: Fax: 334-274-0684Associations:Alabama Private Investigators AssociationQualifications Requirement:
Directly from Alabama's Private Investigation Board Administrative Code (found at http://www.apib.alabama.gov/) the qualifications of applicants for licensure are as follows:
"(1) Each individual applicant shall meet the following criteria:
(a) Be at least 21 years of age.
(b) Has not been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by
reason of mental defect or disease (unless a court of competent jurisdiction has
subsequently declared the applicant competent).
(c) Has not been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude (with the Board having final
determination on the interpretation of moral turpitude).
(d) Has not been convicted of a felony crime.
(e) Has passed an examination by the Board designed to measure knowledge and
competence in the investigation field;
(a) Be an investigator holding a current business license in the state of Alabama on the
effective date of the adoption of the rules and regulations of the Board. The
opportunity to apply for a private investigator license issued under this rule shall
expire 365 days after the implementation of the rules and regulations of the Board.
Holders of these licenses shall be eligible to renew their licenses, as are any other
licensed private investigators.
(2) The applicant shall submit a completed application form and pay all required fees.
(3) Implementation for licensure shall begin on the effective date of the adoption of the rules
and regulations. The initial licensure period shall be dated to begin on May 1, 2014, with
renewal by April 30th, biennially thereafter.
(4) Any licenses issued during implementation shall be dated May 1, 2014, the initial date of
the licensure period, and shall be subject to renewal by April 30, 2016, and biennially
thereafter. Licenses issued after the initial date of the licensure period shall be dated to
begin at the date the license is issued, but set to expire at the next established renewal
date. Licenses will not be prorated.
(5) Persons working as a private investigator, unless otherwise exempt, shall have a valid
private investigator license.
741-X-4-.02 Licensure by Work Experience
Private Investigators holding a current business license in the state of Alabama on the effective
date of the adoption of the rules and regulations of the Board may apply under the work
experience option. The opportunity to apply for a private investigator license issued under this
rule shall expire 365 days after the implementation of the rules and regulations of the Board.
The applicant for licensure by Work Experience shall submit:
(1) A completed application.
(2) Required fees.
(3) Copy of a current business license in the state of Alabama.
Private Investigators who are issued licenses during implementation, based on a current state of
Alabama business license during implementation, shall be eligible to renew their licenses as are
any other licensed private investigators.
741-X-4-.03 Licensure by Examination
(1) The applicant for licensure by Examination shall pass an Examination by the Board
designed to measure knowledge and competence in the investigation field and shall
(a) A completed application
(b) Required fees
(2) Any applicant who seeks to qualify for a private investigators license must apply directly
to the independent testing organization selected by the Board to prepare and grade such
examination. Payment of any examination (or re-examination) fee shall be the
responsibility of the applicant. The independent testing organization will notify each
examinee of the results of the examination.
(3) Applicants for private investigator license must be on file with this office prior to
Application Fee $125
License Fee $300
Renewal Fee $300
Late Renewal Fee (Penalty) $200
Certified Trainer Fee $500
Assistant Trainer Fee $250
Law/Rule & Regulation Book $ 50
(1) Fees and fines are not refundable.
(2) Fees are payable by certified check, cashier’s check, corporate or business check,
money order, or personal check.
(a) Counter checks are not an acceptable method of payment. Personal checks shall
be imprinted with the name, address, and account number of the applicant or
(b) Personal checks by third parties are not acceptable.
(c) Applicants or licensees who submit personal checks returned due to insufficient
funds may be prohibited from paying any future fees or fines by personal check.
(d) Statutory charges for returned checks shall be paid by the applicant or licensees
within ten business days from receipt of notice to remit full payment pursuant to Ala.
Code Section 13A-9-13.01 (b) (2) and pay the maximum fee allowed by Ala. Code
(3) Fines are payable by certified check, cashier’s check, corporate or business check, or
(4) The Board may allow payment of fees by electronic means.
(5) Payment, regardless of the method, that is not honored by the financial institution may
result in disciplinary action and/or reporting to the appropriate legal authorities for
(6) A license may not be issued until funds are received by the Board.
(7) The current schedule of fees and charges are included in the appendixRenewal Information:
(As seen on the state of Alabama Private Investigation Board's website http://www.apib.alabama.gov/)
"741-X-4-.04 Renewal of License
(1) Licensure periods:
(a) The private investigator license shall normally be valid for two years, expiring April
30, of even numbered years; or
(b) The initial licensure period may be abbreviated in order to have the expiration at the
established renewal date.
(2) The continuing education earning period is normally a two-year period of time in which at
least sixteen (16) contact hours shall be accrued (eight (8) hours in each calendar year).
This is the time period of the current license. In the cases of an abbreviated license
period of one year or less, the applicant for renewal shall validate continuing education
prorated to the equivalent of eight (8) contact hours for the abbreviated licensure period.
(3) The renewal of license shall be accomplished prior to expiration of the current license.
(4) Failure to renew prior to the expiration date of the current license will result in an
additional late fee. Licenses may be renewed up to thirty (30) days after expiration date.
Private investigators will not be permitted to work as a private investigator if their license
(5) Renewal notices may be mailed or transmitted electronically. Notice shall be sent to the
applicant’s address of record sixty (60) days prior to the renewal date.
(6) To be eligible for renewal, the applicant shall:
(a) Hold a valid, active Alabama license;
(b) Submit a completed and signed renewal application and required fee(s);
(c) Meet continuing education requirements;
(d) Pass a review of criminal history for criminal convictions and civil fraud findings.
(7) The applicant is responsible to supply current mailing address records to the Board.
(8) Failure to receive the renewal application or notice shall not relieve the licensee of the
responsibility of renewing the license by the expiration date.
(9) Any license not renewed within thirty (30) days following the expiration date
shall lapse. Any individual who practices with a lapsed license shall be subject to
penalties established under Chapter 741-X-6 – Disciplinary Actions."Forms: http://www.apib.alabama.gov/forms.aspx?sm=a_a
(As seen on the state of Alabama Private Investigation Board's website http://www.apib.alabama.gov/)
"741-X-7-.01 Continuing Education
(1) Each licensee shall complete eight (8) hours of continuing professional education
acceptable to the Board in each calendar year. A private investigator shall be
individually accountable for continued competence to provide private investigation
services and shall maintain documentation to support all continuing education necessary
(2) The Board may prescribe a continuing education program for reentry into practice.
(3) Units of measure for continuing education shall be:
(a) 1 contact hour = 50 minutes
(b) 0.5 contact hour = 25 minutes
(c) 15 contact hours = 1 academic semester credit hour
(d) 10 contact hours = 1 academic quarter credit hour
(4) Hours required.
(a) Each licensed private investigator shall complete sixteen (16) contact hours of
continuing education over the two-year licensure period. Of these required hours,
two (2) hours in Ethics will be required over the two-year licensure period.
(b) Initial licensure periods, which have been prorated to have the renewal date fall on
the established renewal date, will be prorated for eight (8) contact hours of
continuing education if the licensure period is one year or less. Of these required
hours, one (1) hour of Ethics will be required.
(c) Any course accepted for credit shall be at least 25 minutes in length.
(5) Waiver or extension of continuing education.
(a) The Board may grant an extension of the deadline to complete the required hours of
continuing education if it can be shown that compliance was beyond the control of
the person seeking the waiver.
(b) Deadline extensions will be considered only on an individual basis and may be
requested by submitting the following items to the Board office:
(i) A written request for a deadline extension and a written and signed explanation
of the reason for the request; and
(ii) Any documentation, which supports the reason(s) for the deadline
extension requested or which is subsequently requested by the
(c) A deadline extension approved by the Board is effective only for the renewal period
for which the waiver is sought."
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