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Washington State Private Investigator Services

Washington State Private Investigator Laws and License Requirements

• A Washington private investigator was first required to be licensed in 1992.
• A Washington private investigator agency director needs 3 years varied investigation (no minimum hours) OR must pass a closed book Washington private investigator exam.
• Employees of a Washington private investigator must also be registered and take a brief Washington private investigator test.
• Washington private investigators need no continuing education.
• Washington private investigator laws allows any out-of-state investigator with comparative licensing to cross state lines for 30 days if the case originated the state of licensing.
• A private investigator in Washington does not have reciprocity with any other states and Washington private investigators can cross state lines to Oregon only if they pay a fee first.
• A private investigator in Washington State must also pass a Washington background check.