Nevada has the most stringent requirements for secret shoppers. Most states have no special requirements or licensing and anyone can be a mystery shopper, but to mystery shop in Nevada you must be an employee of a licensed private investigator. As a result, you should not plan on picking up a couple of shops on your next trip to Las Vegas. If you live in Nevada, here is what you need to know about becoming a secret shopper.
Although you do not have to be a licensed private investigator yourself, you are required to (1) be an employee of a licensed private investigator and (2) obtain a work permit from the sheriff of the county in which you work.
The work permit costs $90 and is good for five years. To get the permit, mystery shoppers must complete a detailed application and be fingerprinted. The $90 fee is the responsibility of the mystery shopper.
Secret shoppers in Nevada are employees, not independent contractors. You must be registered with the state as an employee of the P.I. licensing firm. The P.I. firm pays the fee to register you. Because you are an employee, some companies will want you to work for them exclusively, while others will be open to you working for other companies. As an employee, you will receive a W2 form showing how much you earned and the taxes withheld, not the 1099 used for independent contractors.
The process of hiring shoppers is often different in Nevada. Because you will be an employee, and the company must register you with the state, you may go through one or more interviews (in-person or over the telephone) before being hired. After you are hired, you may be required to attend training programs held by the mystery shopping company.
To become a mystery shopper in Nevada, apply to a company that has the proper Nevada licensing. These companies include:
The Benchmark Collaborative
A Closer Look is now licensed in Nevada.