2018 Annual Conference will be held August 22nd to 25th, 2018 at the La Torretta Lake Resort and Conference Center on Lake Conroe.
TALI's next major event: 2017 Annual Conference will be held at the San Antonio Wyndham Riverwalk, August 24th - 26th, 2017.
Please do NOT contact TALI to verify licensure in Texas. Contact the State Licensing Agency below.
Texas Licensing Agency:
PO Box 15999
Austin TX 78761-5999
Texas Dept of Public Safety
Private Security Bureau
Click here for the Texas DPS PSB Complaint Form
How to Become a PI:
The private investigation industry is a fascinating and exciting profession. Each state regulates the private investigators and licensing requirements within their particular state. In Texas, private investigators are regulated by the Texas Department of Public Safety/Private Security Board (http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/psb/) as provided in the Private Security Act (Chapter 1702, Texas Occupations Code).
It is a violation of the Texas Occupations Code to advertise, solicit business, bid on contracts or perform any investigative services without being properly licensed. Violations can result in administrative and civil penalties as well as criminal filings against the violator.
Qualification summary: An agency must have a qualify manager who has to have a minimum of 3 years experience (or combination of higher education and experience), pass a written exam and show proof of liability insurance. If the person does not qualify as the manager/owner, they will have to locate an agency that will hire and train them as a private investigator. To be licensed as a PI, you must be 18 years of age or older with no criminal history (see specific requirements). Again, it is like applying for any other job and you must find a licensed agency that will hire and train you as a private investigator if you do not meet the requirements to own your own agency.
To operate in Texas, a PI agency must have a qualifying manager that directly supervises the agency and investigators licensed under their company. This manager must have experience and qualifications that meet one of the following:
After meeting the qualifications for manager, the person must register to take the manager’s exam with the Private Security Bureau. Upon successful completion of the written exam, the person must show proof of liability insurance.
Additional Business Considerations:
Private Investigators in Texas are required to charge their clients sales tax. The taxes must be collected and paid to the State Comptroller (http://ourcpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/Index.html) by the 20th of each month. Taxes do not have to be charged to a client if they are a government agency (city, county, state, etc).
Depending on how you decide to set up your business, you may decide to incorporate and this is done through an attorney and/or the Secretary of State (http://www.sos.state.tx.us/).
TALI invites you to consider attending a TALI training conference. We do not endorse any online PI training courses.