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Special Investigators (830.11 PC)

Special Investigators within the Investigation Division are comprised of non-sworn officers who are authorized with powers of arrest, the ability to execute search warrants, issue subpoenas, and effect other California law enforcement and administrative procedures. Special Investigators for the Investigation Division are highly trained non-peace officers whose primary duty is the enforcement of the California Insurance Code and other laws relating to persons and businesses, licensed or unlicensed who are engaged in the business of insurance. Special Investigators serve search warrants, testify in court, and work with local, state, and federal law enforcement. Special Investigators are required to complete a Penal Code Section 832 Arrest Course.

Possible Assignments

The Investigation Division prioritizes the following violations:

  • Premium Theft
  • Senior Citizen Abuse
  • Illegal Bail Practices
  • Health Insurance Violations
  • Public Adjuster
  • Unauthorized Insurers/Unlicensed Transactors
  • Title Rebating/Kickbacks

In addition to investigating these and other type of cases, the Division has an important role in assisting and educating consumers about insurance issues through the following programs: the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), Public Outreach, Life and Annuity Consumer Protection Program and the Auto Program.

Special Investigator (830.11 PC):

CalPERS Safety Officer Retirement
Medical, Dental and Vision
Sick and Vacation Leave
Paid Holidays
Bilingual Pay
Flexible work schedule
Career Advancement


Applying for a position as a Special Investigator with the Department of Insurance is the first step toward an exciting career in law enforcement. We are currently accepting applications on a continuous basis!


STEP 1:  Review the Investigator JOB Bulletins for current employment information.

Under "Search Exams and Job Vacancies" use "Investigator" as the Job Title/Keyword and "Department of Insurance" as the Department.

This search will bring up the current vacancies and examinations for the "Investigator" and "Special Investigator" job titles. Select the vacancies for the "Special Investigator" job title.

All available job and geographic locations will be posted on this site.  Choose the one you are interested in for more information.

STEP 2:  Sign up for a CalCareer Account on the California State Jobs website.
Beginning in 2016, the process of getting a job with the State of California has been updated.  The process begins by creating a CalCareer account.  A CalCareer Account lets you take state civil service examinations, store different versions of your state application, apply for vacancies at 150 departments, track your application status and save your resume all in one place.

Only one CalCareer account is needed.

If you already have a CalCareer account, enter your User I.D. and Password in the "CalCareer Sign In" box on the Logon page.

STEP 3:  Before you can work for the state, you must take and pass the examination for the "Special Investigator" job classification.

You must search for open examinations by using the Search Exams and Job Vacancies on the State of California State Jobs page.  Once you have searched for the exam(s) you are looking for, you can view the Examination Bulletin by selecting the link under the Exams column.  Once you have selected on an exam bulletin you will see a table containing all exams available for that classification. Select on the Exam ID to view the Exam Bulletin.

The Examination Bulletin displays the salary range, minimum qualifications (MQs), and description of the job type. The description tells you in general what people in that classification do.

The Examination Bulletin also tells you what kind of examination it is. Examinations can be in-person or online. If it is an in-person Examination, there will be information about how to schedule yourself to take the Examination on the Bulletin.  The Examination Bulletin will give you information about how to prepare for the Examination, including a link to the Classification Specification. Read the Classification Specification carefully for it is the legal job description providing an overview of the classification, typical tasks, and the minimum qualifications for the selected Classification.


You can only take an examination if you meet the minimum qualifications. For example, for some jobs you might need to have a college degree or four years of experience. This is spelled out in the examination bulletin.

STEP FOUR:  Complete your California State Examination/Employment Application Form 678 (Rev. 10/2013) and the required Criminal Record Supplemental Questionnaire (Rev. 02/2012).

Once you have created a CalCareer Account as articulated in Step 2, you may complete a single job application to apply for many different jobs or you can also create and save three different job applications for each job or job type you apply for. This allows you to tailor your job applications to specific positions, increasing your competitiveness.

You can submit your applications online by searching for and viewing a Job Posting and selecting the "Apply for This Job button" on the right hand side of the page.  You may apply for any job posting that you meet the minimum qualifications for, have successfully passed an examination, and have an "Active" eligibility.  Receipt of an Employment Inquiry Letter for a vacancy is not required.

You must indicate the Location/Regional Office that you are applying for on the California State Examination/Employment Application Form 678 (Rev. 10/2013) 

     Regional Office/(Location)
     Golden Gate (Benicia, CA)
     Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
     Orange (Orange, CA)
     Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
     San Diego (San Diego, CA)
     Los Angeles (Commerce, CA)
     Valencia (Valencia, CA)

Please follow the directions on the job posting to determine the required method of delivery (mail or electronic) for the completed standard State Application Template (STD 678), the Criminal Record Supplemental Questionnaire, and proof of meeting the minimum qualifications of the classification.

Mail should be sent to:

Human Resources Management Division
Department of Insurance
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1300
Sacramento, CA 95814


Thank you for your interest in employment with the California Department of Insurance.  If you have any questions regarding positions with the Investigation Division please contact us at: 


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