If you are applying to become a licensed private investigator in New York State, you need to be aware of the Department of State, Division of Licensing Services requirements to become a private investigator.
An applicant will be required to furnish all pertinent arrest information for their legal names and any aliases that may have been previously used. A certified copy of the court document that indicates the final disposition of the criminal charges will be required. The Certificate of Disposition will need to reflect the level of charge. Whether the case was an infraction, misdemeanor or felony.
If the Clerk of the Court finds no record of the criminal charge, the Department of State, Division of Licensing will require a letter certifying that no results were found.
Felony Convictions Outside of New York State
If you have an out of state felony conviction you will be required to have a certification that your civil and particularly your right to carry a firearm has been restored. In NY, this would be called a Certificate of Good Conduct or Certificate of Relief From Disabilities.
Federal Felony Conviction
If you have a federal felony conviction you will need to submit proof that you have received a presidential pardon or proof that you have been granted federal relief from disabilities. An application for federal relief from disabilities can be obtained by writing to:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Office of Public and Government Affairs
99 New York Avenue, NE, Room 5S 144
Washington, DC 20226
If you need assistance in obtaining a Certificate of Disposition please contact Spodek Law Group at (347) 292-8630.