Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Michigan refers to private investigators as professional investigators. They must be licensed through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Reference Website: https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61343_35414_60647_35469---,00.htmlContact Information:
Licensing Division, P.O. Box 30004, Lansing, Michigan, United States, 48909
Phone: 517-373-1820Associations:Michigan Council of Private InvestigatorsCitation Statute:
Michigan Legislature 338.821-338.851
Professional Investigator Licensure Act
Act 285 of 1965
Website: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ux5nra55d4krizyb1a2mr0np))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-act-285-of-1965&queryid=2065916&highlightQualifications Requirement:
A licensed professional investigator must meet the following requirements:
(a) Is a citizen of the United States.
(b) Is not less than 25 years of age.
(c) Has a high school education or its equivalent.
(d) Has not been convicted of a felony, or a misdemeanor involving any of the following:
(i) Dishonesty or fraud.
(ii) Unauthorized divulging or selling of information or evidence.
(iii) Impersonation of a law enforcement officer or employee of the United States or a state, or a political subdivision of the United States or a state.
(iv) Illegally using, carrying, or possessing a dangerous weapon.
(v) Two or more alcohol related offenses.
(vi) Controlled substances as defined under the Michigan Public Health Code.
(vii) An assault.
(e) Has not been dishonorably discharged from a branch of the United States military service.
(f) For a period of not less than 3 years has been or is any of the following on a full-time basis:
(i) Lawfully engaged in the professional investigation business as a licensee, registrant, or investigative
employee in another state.
(ii) Lawfully engaged in the investigation business as an investigative employee of the holder of a license to conduct a professional investigation agency.
(iii) An investigator, detective, special agent, intelligence specialist, parole agent, probation officer, or certified police officer employed by any government executive, military, judicial, or legislative agency, or other public authority engaged in investigative or intelligence activities.
(iv) A graduate of an accredited institution of higher education with a baccalaureate or postgraduate degree in the field of police administration, security management, investigation, law, criminal justice, or computer forensics certificated study that is acceptable to the department.
(v) Lawfully engaged in the investigation business as a full-time proprietary or in-house investigator employed by a business or attorney, or as an investigative reporter employed by a recognized media outlet, acceptable to the department.
(g) Has posted a $10,000.00 bond or insurance policy provided for in this act.
(2) In the case of a person, firm, partnership, company, limited liability company, or corporation now doing or seeking to do business in this state, the manager shall comply with the qualifications of this section.Reciprocity:
Michigan does not have reciprocity agreements with any other statesFees:
Sole Proprietor/LLC/Corporation Application $750.00
Branch Office Application $125.00Renewal Information:
Sole Proprietor/LLC/Corporation Renewal $300.00
Sole Proprietor/LLC/Corporation Relicensure $750.00
Branch Office Renewal $125.00Forms: https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61343_35414_36748---,00.html
517-373-1820Michigan State requires licensing for Private Investigators, Security Guards and Agencies.
State Licensing Authority: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
Phone: (517) 241-9288
Licensed Michigan investigators have reciprocity and can conduct investigations in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois.