What constitutes a qualified PI?
Private investigator requirements differ by state. PIs are often former members of public law enforcement or are military veterans, but it is not a requirement.
Candidates for PI licensure in North Carolina can be US citizens or green card holders and must be at least 18 years old. In South Carolina, candidates must be US citizens and at least 18 to operate without a weapon, 21 if armed.
In North and South Carolina, PIs must obtain licensure through the NC Department of Public Safety or SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) respectively. North Carolina differs from South in that it reciprocates licenses issued in several states, including South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana and California. This reciprocity agreement allows North Carolina PIs to follow cases that originate in NC into these other states for a limited time period, and vice versa.