Most states in the United States and many foreign countries require businesses to obtain private investigator or private detective licenses to operate in those jurisdictions. Requirements for licenses vary, but they often include training, exams and proof of experience in the field. Almost all areas require private investigators to successfully pass a background check.
Virginia has limited reciprocity agreements with Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. California has limited reciprocity agreements with Oregon (as well as Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana). These agreements, which may be found here and here, allow us to operate lawfully as private investigators in these states under certain restrictions. To operate in areas where we are not licensed or where it is not economically feasible to travel, we hire licensed affiliates who are closely supervised by a lead investigator or case manager at our firm.