Private Investigator License

The Clerk of Courts Office issues Private Investigator Licenses.


Application for a Private Detective License requires the following:

  • Two complete petitions (1 original and 1 copy)
  • One set of complete fingerprint cards for each individual
  • A second set of fingerprint cards and a check for $17.50 made payable to "Commonwealth of PA"
  • A check for $12 made payable to "Clerk of Courts"
  • Two (passport size) photos

The application process is as follows:

  • The Court of Common Pleas will review the application
  • If the application is approved the applicant must secure a $10,000 Surety Bond and submit it to the Court for approval
  • If the Surety Bond is approved, the applicant will file the Bond and will then be issued a Private Investigator License and identification card.

P.I. Guide

P.I. Renewal

Filing Fees:

  • Initial: $57 ($52 plus $5 automation fee)
  • Renewal: $21

In addition to the filling fee, a License Fee is due upon the approval.

Initial License Fees:

  • Individual: $200 (Issued for 2 years)
  • Partnerships/Corporations: $300 (Issued for 2 years)

License Renewal Fees:

  • Individual: $300 (Issued for 3 years)
  • Partnerships/Corporations: $450 (Issued for 3 years)