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New York State Private Investigator License Exam

Prep Course

Increase your chances at successfully obtaining one of the most coveted licenses in NY with our comprehensive NYS PI License Exam prep course. We are the only training facility on Long Island to offer this valuable preparation course for your studies, taught by our NYS licensed private investigator instructors.

This one-day prep course reviews the content found on the exam, including but not limited to:

Laws and Regulations in Private Investigation


Requirements for Licensure


Confidentiality and Ethics


Procedures and Reporting

Student Testimonials

Highly recommended for all test prep regarding Department of State exams. Instructor broke down difficult and sometimes confusing guidelines into clear and easy understanding of rules and laws. Comfortable attentive atmosphere during class training. If your taking a Department of State exam, you definitely feel prepared after taking this class.
Joseph C.


How do I register for the PI Exam Prep Course?
Our PI License Exam Prep Course is scheduled by appointment. Call our office or use the form below to request an appointment.
How much does the Private Investigator Exam Prep cost?
Our prep course fee is $325, which covers course materials and instruction. This does not include any card processing fees, nor fees accrued in registering with the NYS DOLS for the PI license exam.
What are the requirements to take the exam?
You must meet New York State’s following eligibility requirements by the time of submitting application for the Private Investigator license*:

*Exam results are valid for up to two years.

Where do I take the NYS Private Investigator License Exams?

The NYS Division of Licensing Services administers the PI License exams at the following locations*:

*These locations are NOT for Guardian Security Training’s PI exam preparation course. Registration for the PI License Exam must be done through the NYS DOLS.

Long Island/NYC Metro Area:

(VFW Hall)
68 Lincoln Road, Basement
Franklin Square, NY 11010
N6 Bus Route on Hempstead Turnpike
From the East: Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 16N, Franklin Ave.
From NYC/West: take the Cross Island Parkway SOUTH to the Southern State Parkway EAST. Take exit 15, Franklin Ave., turn left at the 2nd light onto Franklin Ave.
On Franklin Ave.: turn RIGHT onto Hempstead Turnpike and go 5 blocks. Turn LEFT onto Lincoln Rd. (7-Eleven on corner). The VFW Hall and parking lot are on the RIGHT.

(Perry Duryea State Office Building)
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Basement Conference Room
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Note: Building sits back off highway. Look for the green sign near the road.

123 William Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038

Central/Upstate NY

(Alfred E. Smith State Office Building)
80 South Swan Street
Albany, New York 12239
*Located at the corner of Washington Avenue and South Swan Street

(State Office Building)
65 Court Street, Main Floor, Hearing Room, Part 5
Buffalo, NY 14202

(PARC Dining Hall – Part of Clinton Community College)
14 Dormitory Drive, Conference Room 1
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
From North: Take Route 9 south through Plattsburgh (city). At roundabout, turn right (first exit) onto New York Road. Turn left after 1.3 miles onto Idaho Ave. Take first left onto Dormitory Drive.
From South: Take Route 9 north through Plattsburgh (town). At roundabout, take third exit onto New York Road. Turn left after 1.3 miles onto Idaho Ave. Take first left onto Dormitory Drive.
From I-87: Take exit 36 to Route 22 heading north, toward Plattsburgh. Follow Route 22 for 2-3 miles. Take right onto Arizona Ave, after passing Plattsburgh International Airport. After .6 miles, take second left onto New York Road. Take first
right onto Idaho Ave. Take first left onto Dormitory Drive.v

(State Office Building)
333 E. Washington Street, Main Floor, Hearing Room A
Syracuse, NY 13202

When is the next NYS PI License Exam?

New York State administers the NYS Private Investigator License Exam on the following Mondays at 9:30am.* The exam is scheduled for 2 1/2 hours. This list will be updated as the NYS Division of Licensing Services publish their upcoming exam dates:

NYS PI License Exam Date Notes
July 8th
July 9th At the Plattsburgh testing location ONLY
August 5th
September 9th
October 7th
November 4th
December 2nd

Updated 6/28/2019

Exam schedule may be subject to change. Check the NYS Division of Licensing Services for the latest schedule and weather-delay procedures.

*The Plattsburgh testing location schedules their exams for Tuesdays at 9:30am.

Set your private investigation career on the right track

Receive quality exam preparation from quality Licensed Private Investigators at Guardian Security Training. Fill out the form below to request an appointment.*
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The prep course does not include the Introduction to Private Investigations course. This preparation course for the Private Investigation NYS License Exam is not sanctioned nor part of any curriculum set by NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, nor NYS Division of Licensing Services. Guardian Security Training cannot guarantee any score or level, nor passing of the NYS P.I. License Exam. See the Terms and Conditions for details.

Guardian Security Training does not administer the NYS Private Investigator License Exam. NYS Private Investigator License Exams are administered by the NYS Division of Licensing Services; You must register on your own with the NYS DOLS to take the exam. Please see the FAQs on exam locations, schedules, procedures, and registration.

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