In the state of Alabama, the use of polygraphs—also known as lie detector tests—is subject to strict regulation. Anyone who wishes to administer these tests for a professional purpose must obtain a license. Here’s what you need to know about the licensing process for polygraph examiners in Alabama.

Licensing Requirements

For anyone wishing to become a licensed polygraph examiner in Alabama, the Alabama Board of Polygraph Examiners Administrative Code has outlined clear guidelines. The stipulations can be found in Chapter 740-x-3 titled “Licenses.”

740-X-3-.01: Qualifications Of Examiners To Be Licensed

This section dictates the essential qualifications an individual must possess to be eligible for a license. It includes educational qualifications, a requisite for completion of courses accredited by the American Polygraph Association, and specific criteria for “active investigative experience.”

740-X-3-.02: Applications for a License

A potential polygraph examiner must submit:

  • An official application form accompanied by supporting documents.
  • A non-refundable fee of $150.00.
  • Proof of academic qualifications or professional experience.
  • Evidence of successful completion of an approved polygraph course.
  • Evidence of insurance or surety bond coverage of a minimum of $5000.
  • One fingerprint card and a current photograph.
  • Any other required information.

740-X-3-.03: Board Review Of Original License Applications

Upon submission, the Board will review each application. Incomplete applications will be notified, and no further action will be taken until it’s completed. Complete applications will result in a scheduled written examination and interview for the applicant.

740-X-3-.04 & 740-X-3-.05: Written Examination and Interview

Applicants must notify the Board in case they can’t attend the scheduled examination. They are given a second chance if they miss the first, but missing both voids the application. Before getting licensed, an applicant must also submit test data from a minimum of 10 exams performed by them, pass a written test, and undergo an interview.

740-X-3-.06: Reciprocity Agreements

Alabama has provisions for reciprocity agreements with other states, both full and limited. It’s imperative to check the specifics of these agreements if you’re licensed in another state and are seeking to operate in Alabama.

740-X-3-.07: License Years And Fees

The term of the polygraph examiner’s license in Alabama is from October 1 to September 30 each year. License renewal is necessary each year, with a fee and specific conditions for late renewals.

740-X-3-.08: Temporary License

A temporary “Intern” license may be issued by the secretary of the Board while awaiting the Board’s decision. This is only available if the application is complete and ready for review.

How To Stay Informed

To be a polygraph examiner, it’s not just about obtaining the license but also about staying updated with the Board’s latest rules and regulations. All the guidelines are comprehensively detailed in the ALABAMA BOARD OF POLYGRAPH EXAMINERS, Rules and Regulations publication which is provided to examiners.

If you have further questions or need additional details, the Board of Alabama Polygraph Examiners can be reached through their official website at

In conclusion, Alabama ensures that those conducting polygraph examinations are trained, qualified, and operate under a professional and regulated framework. Before embarking on this career path or seeking services, ensure that all licensure requirements are met and verified.