List of Services, Reports and Information Provided by Private Investigators

List of Services, Reports and Information Provided by Private Investigators

Private investigators provide a wide variety of services.  Some private investigators specialize in a singe area, or a few areas, while others provide a full breadth of services.  Most private investigation agencies hire private investigators with diverse backgrounds in order to provide a wider range of services to their clients.

When hiring a PI, be sure to inquire about the types of services they provide and ask to see examples of supporting case materials or references to contact.

List of Private Investigator Services

Following are services a professional private investigator might provide. with links to more information where available.  For a directory of private investigators that provide services of this nature in your area, please visit our Private Investigator Directory. Related information is also available on How to become a Private InvestigatorPrivate Investigator training courses and a list of Private Investigator Jobs and careers.

  • Accident investigations for private parties
  • Adoption Inquiries, research and locates
  • Address History and Address Verification
  • Adult / Child Abduction (see Missing Persons)
  • Arson insurance investigation
  • Asset search and recovery
  • Automobile Recovery and reposession
  • Background check, background investigations at the county, state and federal level
  • Bail enforcement (see Bounty Hunter)
  • Bankruptcy verification
  • Bugsweeping to identify surveillance technology
  • Child custody investigation
  • Civil Litigation Support
  • Civil Court Records research and retrieval
  • Civil Investigations
  • Court records search and retrieval
  • Credit History Check
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Criminal defense investigation
  • Criminal investigation
  • Debtor Locates
  • Delivery of Subpoenas, also known as process service
  • Digital Video Surveillance
  • DNA Lab Testing Services – For determining paternity, infidelity, testing ancestry, kinship, blood / alcohol, personal identification
  • DUI or License Suspensions
  • Cheating Spouse surveillance
  • Collection of Debts
  • Computer Forensics and data analysis
  • Corporate Fraud Investigations
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Court Records Searchd
  • Covert Surveillance Operations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Divorce investigations
  • Death Investigation
  • Document retrieval
  • DMV / Motor Vehicle records search and retrieval
  • Employment History
  • Executive Protection
  • Expert Witness
  • Federal records search
  • Fugitive recovery (see Bounty Hunter)
  • Federal Criminal Record Search
  • Fingerprinting
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Fraud investigations
  • GPS tracking
  • Hidden camera surveillance
  • Home security
  • Homicide investigations
  • Identity Theft Investigations
  • Infidelity Investigations
  • Insurance Investigations
  • Insurance fraud investigation
  • Internal theft investigations / loss prevention
  • Investigate police abuse
  • Legal Experts
  • Legal Testimony
  • Locate missing persons
  • Loss Prevention
  • Malpractice investigation
  • Marriage records
  • Missing Person Locates
  • Motor Vehicle Report Retrieval
  • MVR (Motor Vehicle) Reports
  • Mystery Shopper / Secret Shopper
  • Night Time Surveillance
  • Official Statements / Interviews
  • Patent and trademark infringement
  • Personal Injury Investigations
  • Personal Protection
  • Phone Records
  • Police Reports
  • Polygraph
  • Public document retrieval
  • Public records search
  • Pre-Employee Screening
  • Pre-Marital Inquiries
  • Property Records Retrieval
  • Process Service
  • Records Retrieval
  • Recovery of Stolen Property
  • Research prison records
  • Sex Offender Registration
  • Sex offender search – locate or investigate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Service of Process
  • Skip Trace
  • Subpoena Service / Process Service
  • Subrogation
  • Stalking investigations / Anti-Stalking
  • State records search
  • Surveillance
  • Tax Problems
  • Tenant Screening
  • Trade Secret Violations
  • Theft
  • UCC Filings
  • Unclaimed Property Research
  • Undercover Investigations
  • Vehicle Tracking Systems
  • Vendor investigations
  • Vessel / Aircraft investigations
  • Video Surveillance
  • Wiretap detection
  • Witness Location & Evidence Preparation
  • Witness Interviews and Statements
  • Workers Compensation Claims and Investigations
  • Wrongful or Suspicious Death Investigations

Private Eyes use investigation software like US Search, and Intelius to find people, conduct online background investigations, search public records, find missing persons, and more.


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