Employment for private investigators is projected to rise by five percent nationally until the year 2024. These trained professionals work to gather information for clients regarding personal, legal or financial matters, and often have a vital role in investigating crimes.
If you are interested in joining this exciting profession in Hawaii, there are a few requirements you must first meet. Each state has it’s own specific conditions regarding training and experience, as well as more general requirements such as age or citizenship. Read on to see how Hawaiian applicants can prepare.
Find schools and get information on the program that’s
right for you.
(It’s fast and free!)
Hawaii Private Investigator License Requirements
- Age: You must be at least 18 years old.
- Provisional Requirements: If you choose to start your own agency, you must have at least four years of experience or should have a principal detective who has met this requirement.
- Criminal Background Check: Candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. You should not have any criminal convictions that may indicate you are unable to perform P.I. duties or are a hinderance to the public.
- Financial History: Your financial history must reflect the qualities of a successful private investigator. There should be no record of fraud or dishonesty.
- Mental Health Check: Individuals with adjudicated mental incompetency or a record of being a danger to oneself and others are not qualified to work as a P.I. in Hawaii.
- Automatic Disqualifiers: You are under 18 years of age; you are not a U.S. citizen; you have been convicted of a felony or other crime involving violence; you have attempted to work as a P.I. without a license.
Education and Experience
- Degree: Degrees in criminal justice or a related subject from an accredited four-year institution will qualify as valid experience for aspiring private investigators. Education beyond high school is not mandatory.
- Accepted Experience: You must have four years of relevant experience in order to work as a private detective or open your own entity. You may work under the direct supervision of a licensed Hawaiian P.I. to earn the necessary experience requirement as well.
- Written Exams: After you have been approved by the state board, you must pass an examination that covers Hawaii law and business best practices in the industry.
The Hawaii Board of Professional and Vocational Licensing requires training in the following areas: Hawaii’s laws and ethics, interview techniques, investigation strategies, surveillance techniques, handling and collecting evidence, privacy regulations, background checks, CPR/first aid and more.
Forms Needed for Detective License in Hawaii
- Fees Required: The Hawaii private investigator application requires fees of either $81 or $117, depending on renewal and when you apply. There is also a $17 fingerprint fee.
- Required Forms: The Hawaii private investigator application, evidence of minimum education requirement (high school diploma/GED), fingerprint card and certificate of training experience completion.
- Maintenance Required for PI License: Private investigators should complete four continuing education hours in order to renew their license.
Hawaii Private Investigator Salary and Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hawaii’s private detectives and investigators make an annual mean wage of $53,180, which is above the national average.
Helpful Hawaii Links and Resources
Education Programs for Private Investigators in Hawaii
- Criminal Justice - Bachelor
- Criminal Justice, MA
- Homeland Security, MA
- Criminal Justice, BA
- Homeland Security, AA
- Criminal Justice, AA
- Homeland Security, BA
- DEM - Emergency Management
- BS - Criminal Justice
- MS - Cybersecurity
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration
- Online Teaching in Higher Education
- Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Homeland Security
- PhD in Criminal Justice - Emergency Management
- PhD in Criminal Justice - Global Leadership
- PhD in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
- PhD in Criminal Justice - Law and Public Policy
- PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership
- DBA - Criminal Justice
- DBA - Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy
- MBA - Criminal Justice
- MBA - Homeland Security
- A.S. Criminal Justice
- B.S. Criminal Justice
- B.S. International Relations and Security - Cybersecurity
- B.S. International Relations and Security - Global Security
- Master of Science in Information Assurance
- MS in Criminology
- BS in Criminology
- Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance and Cyber Security
- Master of Science in Criminology - Cybercrime and Terrorism Focus
- Master of Science in Criminology - Human Behavior Focus
- Master of Science in Criminology - Leadership Focus
- Master of Science in Information Assurance - Cybersecurity Specialization
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice
- MS in Computer Science - Cyber Security
- BS in Cybersecurity - Information Assurance
- BS in Cybersecurity - Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
- BS in Cybersecurity - Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
- BS in Cybersecurity - Cyber Operations
- Masters in Financial Crime and Compliance Management
- MBA Economic Crime and Fraud Management
- MS Cybersecurity - Intelligence
- MS Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics
- MS Cybersecurity - Cyber Operations
- Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
- Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation
- BS in Criminal Justice - Cyber Criminology and Policy
- Computer Forensics Certificate
- Cyber Crime and Fraud Investigation Certificate
- Cyber Network Defense Certificate
- Cyber Operations Certificate
- Cyber Policy Certificate
- Cybersecurity Technologies Certificate
- Financial Crime and Compliance Operations Certificate
- Financial Crime Investigation Certificate
- Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis
- MBA - Cyber Policy
- MBA - Cybersecurity
- Monitoring, Surveillance, and Intelligence Operations Certificate
- MS in Cybersecurity - Electronic Crime
- MS in Cybersecurity - Malware Analysis
- MS in Data Science: Cybersecurity
- MS in Data Science: Financial Crime
- Online Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation - Financial Investigation
- Online Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation - Fraud Prevention and Detection
- Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity
- BS in Criminal Justice - General
- BS in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
- BS in Criminal Justice - Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
- BS in Criminal Justice - Public Policy and Leadership
- BS in Criminal Justice - White Collar Crime
- BS - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
- Master - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
- CTU - Criminal Forensics