PROPOSED CHANGES IN PRIVATE
INVESTIGATOR LAW IN FLORIDA
Legislation Proposal Outline
From Florida Association of Licensed Investigators FALI


***Insurance Provision***
· Repeals the requirement for private investigation agencies to maintain
insurance.
The intent of this provision is to allow private investigative agencies to
obtain insurance coverage that fits their needs. It removes an antiquated
and ineffective statutorial requirement.

***Continuing Education Requirement***
· Requires Class “C”, Class “CC”, and Class “MA” license holders to
complete
a minimum of six (6) hours of continuing education every two years.
· Continuing education topics include four (4) hours on the laws and rules
regulating the profession, including criminal law, court decisions and legal
opinions that affect the profession, as well as two (2) hours of terrorism
awareness training.
· Approved continuing education training shall be conducted at various
locations within or outside the state at times convenient for licensees,
including weekends.
· The Division Of Licensing shall establish the criteria for the approval
of
courses and providers. FALI has been assured that the Division Of Licensing
will seek input from a variety of investigators and educators in developing
the criteria.
· The Department Of Education has nothing to do with the continuing
education requirement.
The intent of this provision is to ensure that all investigators, not only
those who belong to professional associations, are exposed to chapter 493
and have a basic understanding of the laws that regulate them. It is our
belief that continuing education is the best way to ensure that the private
investigation profession is protected from unnecessary legislation that
inhibits our ability to pursue our trade.

***Forty-Hour Course For New Class “CC” Interns***

· Provides for a forty-hour (40) course for new Class “CC” license
applicants.
· The curriculum relates to general investigative techniques and Chapter
493.
· The Division Of Licensing shall establish the content of the training and
the examination.
· An examination is required and shall be administered by the Division Of
Licensing or an approved provider.
· The fee for the examination shall not exceed $100. This does not mean
that it will be $100. It may be less, but shall not exceed that amount.
· The training must be conducted from a school, college or university
regulated by the Department Of Education. This language was inserted
because former Division Of Licensing Director, John Russi, felt that the
training program mandated to the security industry was lacking in quality
and content. Mr. Russi felt that by mandating Department Of Education
involvement that the quality of the program could be ensured.
· This provision is in addition to the two-year internship period. It does
not replace it.
· This provision does not affect persons who currently hold or are renewing
their Class “CC” license. Current Class “CC” license holders are
grandfathered in and are not required to undergo the forty-hour class unless
their license becomes inactive for more than one year.
The intent of this provision is to provide basic instruction to new interns
and to ensure that they are afforded adequate exposure to the laws that
regulate them, as well as to general investigative techniques. It is our
concern that many new interns are not provided with this information prior
to being assigned to investigative duties.

***Test For New Class “C” License Holders***
· Provides for an examination for new Class “C” license applicants.
· This provision does not affect persons who currently hold or are renewing
their Class “C” license. Current Class “C” license holders are
grandfathered in and are not required to undergo the examination unless
their license becomes inactive for more than one year.
· The fee for the examination shall not exceed $100. This does not mean
that it will be $100. It may be less, but shall not exceed that amount.
· The Division Of Licensing, or an examination provider approved by the
Division Of Licensing, shall administer the examination.
· The Department Of Education has nothing to do with this examination.
· There is no training requirement for this provision, only the test.
The intent of this provision is to ensure that those persons entering the
profession have a basic understanding of chapter 493 and the laws that
regulate this profession.

***Minimum Age Requirement***
· Requires that agency managers, as well as Class “C” licensed
investigators,
be at least 21 years old.