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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 059 : Private Investigative and Security Services

Subchapter 003 : Licensing

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 3173)
  • § 3173. Private investigator licenses

    (a) The Director shall issue a license to a private investigator after obtaining and approving all of the following:

    (1) evidence that the applicant has attained the age of majority;

    (2) evidence that the applicant has successfully passed any examination required by rule; and

    (3) the application fee.

    (b) The Director may make inquiries he or she deems necessary into the character, integrity, and reputation of the applicant.

    (c) The Director shall require that a person seeking licensure to practice independently as a private investigator has had appropriate experience in investigative work, for a period of not less than two years, as determined by the Director. Such experience may include having been regularly employed as a private investigator licensed in another state or as an investigator for a private investigative agency licensed in this or another state or having been a sworn member of a federal, state, or municipal law enforcement agency.

    (d) An application for a license may be denied upon failure of the applicant to provide information required; upon a finding that the applicant does not meet a high standard as to character, integrity, and reputation; or for unprofessional conduct defined in section 3181 of this chapter. (Added 1981, No. 98, § 1; amended 1989, No. 250 (Adj. Sess.), § 67; 1995, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 1999, No. 133 (Adj. Sess.), § 26; 2009, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 28; 2013, No. 119 (Adj. Sess.), § 16; 2017, No. 48, § 21; 2017, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 24; 2019, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), § 17, eff. Oct. 1, 2020.)