Private Investigations: Requirements and Continuing Education
On the last day of your birth month, your license will expire. In order to renew you will be required to meet the following:
- Completed renewal application form provided by the Department office (also available on department’s website under “forms”) and applicable renewal fee. Renewals can be completed 90-days prior to the expiration of the license or regsitration.
- Proof of required continuing education credits in the form of a certificate, training form, company stationary with letterhead or college transcript. Number of continuing education hours is determined by an individual license or registration; those requirements can be found in 188.8.131.52 NMAC.
- All Level 3 Security Guards must submit a copy of their current Firearms Qualification Form. Firearms requalification courses will not count toward mandatory continuing education hours.
- PPO and Private Investigation Companies must provide a copy of their Surety Bond or General Liability Insurance Policy showing it is in full force and in effect.
- Background checks for renewal applications go through the Department of Public Safety. See the “Authorization for Release of Information” document on the forms and applications page. The document is mailed to DPS with the required fee, fingerprints are not required for renewal applications.
Mailing address: Private Investigations Advisory Department, P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87504
Email Address: PIPolygraphBd@state.nm.us
On-line: link listed at top of page or by entering: Mylicense.rld.state.nm.us
Licensees or registrants failing to submit a renewal application and the required documentation on or before the expiration date will be considered expired and must refrain from practicing.
Pursuant to 184.108.40.206 H. NMAC, Approved sources for continuing education are:
- college level courses;
- in-house training provided by a private patrol company licensed by the department;
- the New Mexico law enforcement academy; or
- any other department-approved educational institution
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Security guard training must be with the Board approved curriculum by an approved instructor.
NOTICE TO ALL PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS BOARD LICENSEES AND APPLICANTS REGARDING SECURITY GUARD LEVEL ONE, TWO, AND THREE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS, ONLINE TRAINING IS NOT ACCEPTED FOR SECURITY GUARD LEVEL ONE, TWO, AND THREE REGISTRATION:
Pursuant to NMSA 1978, Sections 61-27B-5(D)(3), the Regulation and Licensing Department is responsible for adopting and “establishing minimum training and education standards for licensure and registration” of level one, two and three security guards in the state of New Mexico. The RLD has established training requirements for security guard training for level one, two and three applicants in 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 NMAC, respectively. Each of these rules requires that all training to qualify for a registration as level one, two or three security guard, requires “training shall be taught by an in-person instructor.” The RLD has defined “in-person” as “in one’s bodily presence.” RLD is applying a dictionary definition to the term “in-person.” Pursuant to 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 NMAC, online training does not qualify an applicant for registration for security guard level one, two, or three.
New jurisprudence examinations are posted at “Forms and Applications”. It is mandatory for new security guard and private patrol operator applicants to use the “Security Guard” jurisprudence Examination, and private investigators and polygraph applicants to use the “PI/POLY” examination. A passing score of 90% on the examination is required.