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New York State Private Investigator License Exam
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
NYS PI License EXAM FAQs
How do I register for the PI Exam Prep Course?
How much does the Private Investigator Exam Prep cost?
What are the requirements to take the exam?
- At least 25 years of age
- Have 3 years of experience as a private investigator or “equivalent position and experience”, which is described in more detail here.
- The principal in a private investigation business entity: this includes overseeing the day-to-day affairs and possessing the expertise in the investigations.
- Get fingerprinted for the Department of Justice Services. (Information on finding a fingerprinting location and scheduling)
*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:
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.
NEW YORK CITY
123 William Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
(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|
|January 8th||At the Plattsburgh testing location ONLY|
|March 12th||At the Plattsburgh testing location ONLY|
|May 14th||At the Plattsburgh testing location ONLY|
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
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.