The State Private Investigator Examination is administered by PSI Services, LLC.  The state test consists of one hundred multiple choice questions.

  The state examination was created from the three main below references:

  • Tennessee Private Investigation Commission, Rules 1175-1-1 through 175-4-08
  • Tennessee Private Investigator License Laws, T.C.A. 62-26-101 through 62-26-305
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating, Third Edition

Our Practice Examination consists of 157 multiple choice questions created from the above three references.  ​​​


This page provides information on which laws must be reviewed for the examination.  This is one of the main study tools.  Follow the directions in the link.


This link brings you to the rules and regulations for Private Investigations.  Another important study tool.

Forms and Downloads

You can find various forms to download pertinent to becoming a private investigator in TN

State Examination Blueprint

The examination is a computer based test administered by PSI.  The bulletin provides detailed information on the test itself.  A very helpful guide in preparing for the examination


Provides information on education required to not only obtain your license, but provides information on continuing education to maintain your license.


Frequently Asked Questions provided by Tennessee Board

Purchase the Tennessee Private Investigator Practice Examination

Select this button to purchase your Tennessee Private Investigator Practice Examination.  You will have the option of purchasing a hard copy that will be emailed to you for $70.00 or purchase a Computer Based Examination that you will be able to take from any of your devices as many times as you like for $80.00.