How to Become a Private Investigator in Hawaii

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.

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Hawaii Private Investigator License Requirements

Minimum 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.

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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.

Training Courses

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

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing

Hawaii Fingerprint Service

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook

Education Programs for Private Investigators in Hawaii

  • Criminal Justice, MA
  • Homeland Security, MA
Keiser University Graduate School
  • DEM - Emergency Management
Capella University
  • BS - Criminal Justice
Capella University
  • MS - Cybersecurity
Capella University
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration
  • JM: American Legal Studies
  • JM: General
  • JM: Health Law
  • JM: International Legal Studies
  • JM: Special Student (Non-Degree Seeking) - Legal Studies
  • LLM: International Legal Studies
  • MPA: Law & Public Policy
  • MS: Criminal Justice
  • MS: Criminal Justice: Forensic Psychology
  • MS: Criminal Justice: Homeland Security
Liberty University - Online
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - 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
Walden University
  • DBA - Criminal Justice
  • DBA - Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy
  • Doctor of Criminal Justice
Northcentral University
  • BSCJ – Law Enforcement
  • BSCJ – Juvenile Justice
  • BSCJ – Homeland Security
  • BSCJ – Forensic Psychology
  • BSCJ – Crime Scene Investigation
  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • MSCJ - Corrections
  • MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice
  • MSCJ - Law
  • MSCJ - Leadership/Executive Management
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security
  • Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
  • BS in Corrections
Purdue University Global
  • MS Criminal Justice
  • MS Criminal Justice: Advanced Counterterrorism
  • MS Criminal Justice: Public Safety Administration
Southern New Hampshire University - Online
  • AS Criminal Justice
  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BS Criminal Justice: Criminology
  • BS Criminal Justice: Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • BS Criminal Justice: Legal Studies and Advocacy
  • BS Criminal Justice: Police Administration and Operations
  • BS Criminal Justice: Human Services
  • BS Criminal Justice: Corrections
  • BS Cyber Security
  • BS Cyber Security: Secure Programming
Southern New Hampshire University - Online
  • BS - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
  • Master - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
  • CTU - Criminal Forensics
Colorado State University - Global