Representing the highest principles of ethical conduct in the private, public and special investigator profession

The Indiana Association of Professional Investigators has adopted these principals and its members use them as their code of conduct as they pursue the American ideals of truth, justice and fairness on behalf of their clients.

The investigators linked to the professional investigative services within this site are IAPI members and vow to abide by the following code of ethics…

Code of Ethics

  • To help define the freedom, liberties, rights and privileges guaranteed every citizen by the United States Constitution.
  • To perform any duties as a private or special investigator to the highest standard of excellence.
  • To always conduct my investigations within the limits of the law and to adhere to the administrative rules of the states which may apply to my profession.
  • To insure that each client I serve is provided a clear description of the investigative and related services I provide, along with the usual and customary fees charged, and to provide an accounting for all fees and expenses when asked to do so.
  • To refrain from accepting any assignment where a clear conflict of interest exists.
  • To never permit any personal bias or prejudice I may have interfere with the faithful discharge of my duty to my clients.
  • To deal with my clients in an honest and forthright manner at all times.
  • To safeguard, to the extent provided by law, the confidentiality of my clients as well as any confidential information that may come my way.
  • To never advertise or otherwise represent my services to my clients or the general public in a misleading or deceptive manner.
  • To always conduct myself in an honest, fair and ethical manner whenever engaged in the competitive solicitation of work.
  • To never directly or indirectly injure the personal or professional reputation of another investigator or investigative agency.
  • To take advantage of professional growth and training opportunities whenever possible.
  • To offer my assistance and guidance to colleagues who may otherwise benefit from my experience, education and/or training.
  • To support the efforts of the Indiana Association of Professional Investigators in promoting high standards for the profession of private or special investigators.


The IAPI promotes a statewide association of licensed professional investigators sharing common goals.

We strive to improve the level of professionalism, ethical conduct and integrity while encouraging networking, cooperation and mutual assistance among our members.

We provide continuous training and education for our members, and open our doors to those with an interest in our profession.

The IAPI provides an organization that inspires leadership, promotes confidence to those utilizing investigators, and enhances the professional development of professional investigators.



The licensing of Private Investigators and Security Guards is under review. The legislature has established the Job Creation Committee (JCC) whose responsibility it is to periodically review all licensing boards that fall under the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. See the following link regarding the JCC, who is on the committee and what their report to the governor and the Legislative Services Agency must include:

Also, please read the PUBLIC NOTICE at the bottom of the home page of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website. The Professional Licensing Agency prepared a report on their study of the concept of a self-certification registration registry which they issued to the Legislative Council on October 1, 2014. I have attached a copy of the report to this email. On the PLA website there is also a transcript of the committee hearing which is over 200 pages long. The following is a link to the PLA website home page:

The JCC has requested that the presidents of both IAPI and INSpi present information to the committee regarding the need for PI/SG licensing, the need for a PI/SG Board and addressing the information contained in the attached links and documents. This presentation is: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Government Center South 402 W. Washington Room W064 (lower level, west wall) Indianapolis, IN It is recommended that we arrive early as we will have to be screened by security when we enter the building. I hope that everyone will plan to attend this meeting.


Source: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency –¬†

Private Investigator Firms & Security Guard Agency licenses expire October 1 every fourth year (ie: 2023, 2027 etc.).

The renewal fee is $300.

Each qualifier should obtain a limited criminal background check for the 4 preceding years for renewal. The background checks must be completed at the state level. Third party background checks will not be accepted.

Renewal notices are sent approximately ninety (90) days prior to the expiration date. License holders with valid email addresses on file will be emailed the renewal notice. Those who do not have valid email addresses on file will be mailed the license renewal notice; this notice is mailed to the address of record with the Board. The Board has no way of knowing whether or not a notice reaches its destination; therefore, when a notice has been emailed to a valid email address or mailed, the duty of the Board has been performed.

Statutes & Rules: