Private Detectives

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 until further notice:

During this period of Coronavirus adjustment, the Secretary of State’s Office is taking proactive measures and has suspended all in-person services.  Limited staff will be in the office to process work but will not be opening the doors to the public.

Licensing: If you have applications or other documents to file, please submit them by mail. If you need additional assistance, please contact us by telephone at 402-471-8606 or by email at

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation for the safety and wellbeing of the entire community. Please check our website at for future announcements.



Renewals will be sent out via email mid April. If you need to update your email and/or contact information before the renewals are sent out please contact our office at 402-471-8606 or


Private Detective List as of 2-7-2020  

Private Detective Agency List as of 2-7-2020
Plain Clothes Investigator List as of 2-7-2020

Requirements for Licensing


Rules and Regulations

An application for private detective, private detective agency, or plain clothes investigator must be requested from the Licensing Division. Requirements for these licenses can found here. Please note that prior to issuance of each license, the Nebraska State Patrol will conduct an investigation on the character and reputation of each individual applying for a license. The investigation may take up to 90 days to complete.

Interested applicants must complete the application for any license and meet all of the minimum requirements prior to taking the examination. The testing of all eligible applicants is held on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the our office location: 1201 N. Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska. Applicants who are interested in taking the test should contact the Licensing Division at (402) 471-2385 prior to taking the examination.


Contact Information

Phone: (402) 471-2385
Fax: (402) 471-2530
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94608, Lincoln, NE 68509-4608
Location: 1201 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508
Send E-Mail to: Licensing