Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns
Kentucky Private Investigator License
Kentucky requires a private investigator to be licensed with the Board of Licensure.
Reference Website: http://kpi.ky.gov/Contact Information:
Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators, 911 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky, United States, 40601
Fax: 502-696-4961Associations:Kentucky Professional Investigators, IncCitation Statute:
Kentucky Revised Statutes
Title XXVI: Occupations and Professions
Chapter 329A: Private Investigators
Website: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/KRS/329A00/CHAPTER.HTMQualifications Requirement:
329A.035 Applications for licenses -- Requirements -- Confidentiality.
(1) An application for a private investigator license shall be filed with the board on the prescribed
(a) The application shall include the following information regarding the applicant:
1. Full name and address;
2. Date and place of birth;
3. Social Security number;
4. All residences during the past five (5) years;
5. All employment or occupations engaged in during the past five (5) years;
6. Three (3) sets of classifiable fingerprints; and
7. Any other information as the board may reasonably require by administrative
(b) The application shall be subscribed and sworn to by the applicant.
(c) If the applicant intends to conduct fire or arson investigations, proof of current national
certification from the National Association of Fire Investigators or the International
Association of Arson Investigators shall be filed with the board in addition to the
information required in paragraph (a) of this subsection.
(2) An application for an investigating company license shall be filed with the board on the
(a) The application shall include:
1. The information required in subsection (1)(a) of this section for:
a. The owner, if the company is a sole proprietorship;
b. Each partner, if the company is a partnership; or
c. The qualifying agent, if the company is a corporation;
2. The name under which the company intends to do business;
3. The address of the principal place of business and any branch offices of the
company within this state; and
4. Other information as the board may reasonably require by administrative
(b) If the company is a corporation, the following information is also required:
1. The correct legal name of the corporation;
2. The state and date of incorporation;
3. The date the corporation qualified to do business in this state;
4. The address of the corporate headquarters, if located outside of this state;
5. The names of two (2) principal corporate officers other than the qualifying agent,
their business addresses, residence addresses, and the office held by each in the
6. The identity and license number of all private investigators employed by or
affiliated with the company.
(c) The application shall be subscribed and sworn to by:
1. The owner, if the applicant is a sole proprietorship;
2. Each partner, if the applicant is a partnership; or
3. The qualifying agent, if the applicant is a corporation.
(3) Each applicant for an individual license or owner, partner, or qualifying agent for a company
(a) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
(b) Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien;
(c) Have a high school education or its equivalent;
(d) Not receive a license until the earlier of:
1. The expiration of ten (10) years from the applicant's release from a sentence
imposed by any state or territory of the United States or the federal government
for the commission of a felony, including a sentence of confinement or time
served on probation, parole, or other form of conditional release or discharge; or
2. The date the applicant received a restoration of the applicant's civil rights;
(e) Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or for which
dishonesty is a necessary element within the previous five (5) years;
(f) Not have been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the Armed Forces of the
(g) Not have had his or her certification as a peace officer revoked in this or another state;
(h) Not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be incompetent by
reason of mental defect or disease unless a court of competent jurisdiction has since
declared the applicant to be competent;
(i) Not have been voluntarily or involuntarily committed to a facility or outpatient program
for the abuse of a controlled substance or been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of
KRS Chapter 218A or similar laws of any other state relating to controlled substances
within the three (3) year period immediately preceding the date on which the application
(j) Not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages as evidenced by:
1. The applicant having two (2) or more convictions for violating KRS 189A.010
within the three (3) year period immediately preceding the date on which the
application is submitted; or
2. The applicant having been committed as an alcoholic pursuant to KRS Chapter
222, or similar laws of any other state, within the three (3) year period
immediately preceding the date on which the application is submitted;
(k) Not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages or drugs to the extent that his or
her normal faculties are impaired;
(l) Be of good moral character;
(m) Pass an examination administered by the board in accordance with KRS 329A.025(2)(c);
(n) Submit proof of coverage which meets the following requirements:
1. Is written by an insurance company which is lawfully engaged to provide
insurance coverage in Kentucky;
2. Provides for a combined single-limit policy in the amount of at least two hundred
fifty thousand dollars ($250,000); and
3. Insures for liability all of the applicant's employees while acting in the course of
Private investigators who limit their practice exclusively to working under the
supervision and as employees of an attorney who is licensed to practice law in this state
are exempted from the requirement of this paragraph.
(4) The board shall maintain the confidentiality of information relating to the licensee or applicant,
except that the board may provide this information to local, state, or federal law enforcement
(5) Upon inquiry by any individual or entity, the board or the board's administrative staff shall
provide or confirm the license status of any private investigator or private investigating company.
Effective: April 21, 2004
History: Amended 2004 Ky. Acts ch. 186, sec. 3, effective April 21, 2004. -- Created
2002 Ky. Acts ch. 269, sec. 6, effective July 15, 2002.Reciprocity:
Official reciprocity with Tennessee Private Investigator License.Testing:
The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators has contracted with Schroeder Measurement Technologies Inc. to develop a new exam that licensees must pass in order to become certified as private investigators. The exam composition and content outline has been updated to correspond with the new exam.
The new test fee will be $156 per candidate.Fees:
Criminal History Background Check Fingerprint Fee: $ 34.75
Application Fee: $ 100.00
License Fee: $ 300.00
The new test fee will be $156 per candidate.Renewal Information:
329A.045 Renewal -- Fee -- Grace period -- Termination and reinstatement -- Revocation --
Evidence of continuing education -- Inactive status.
(1) A license or renewal issued under KRS 329A.010 to 329A.090 shall be valid for two (2) years
from the date of issuance. No later than May 1 in the license renewal year, the board shall send a
renewal application form to the address on file for each licensee. The renewal application shall
indicate if the licensee is required to submit passport-sized photographs for a new identification
(2) All renewal applications shall be received by the board on or before June 30 in the year of
(3) Each company license renewal shall include a notarized statement sworn to by the representative
prescribed in KRS 329A.035(2)(c) stating the identity and license number of each private
investigator employed by or affiliated with the company.
(4) The fee for the timely renewal of a license shall be not less than fifty dollars ($50) and not more
than two hundred fifty dollars ($250), as established by the board by promulgation of
(5) For individual licensees, the board shall, at its discretion, issue either a new identification card or
a renewal stamp or sticker to be affixed to the existing card.
(6) A grace period shall be allowed until September 1 of the license renewal year, during which time
licensees may continue to practice and may renew their licenses upon payment of the renewal fee
plus a late fee as promulgated by administrative regulation of the board.
(7) All licenses not renewed by September 1 of the renewal year shall terminate based on the failure
to renew in a timely manner. Upon termination, the licensee is no longer eligible to practice in
(8) After September 1 of the renewal year, former licensees with a terminated license may have their
licenses reinstated upon payment of the renewal fee plus a reinstatement fee as promulgated by
administrative regulation of the board. If the reinstatement application is made within five (5)
years from the date of termination, applicants shall not be required to submit to any examination
as a condition for reinstatement.
(9) A revoked license may not be renewed. If it is reinstated, the licensee shall pay the reinstatement
fee as set forth in subsection (8) of this section and the renewal fee as set forth in subsection (4)
of this section.
(10) A former licensee who fails to reinstate a license within five (5) years after termination may not
have it renewed, restored, or reinstated. A person may apply for and obtain a new license by
meeting the current requirements for licensure.
(11) The board may require that a person applying for a renewal or reinstatement of licensure show
evidence of completion of continuing professional education as prescribed by the board in
(12) A valid license may be put on inactive status by the licensee at the time of renewal, at a cost to be
determined by the board.
Effective: July 15, 2002
History: Created 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 269, sec. 8, effective July 15, 2002.Forms: http://kpi.ky.gov/applications.htm Continuing Education:
For renewal Kentucky wants continuing education.Advertising Restrictions:
All advertising shall be truthful, not misleading.