List of Services that Private Investigators Provide

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Learn about private investigator services.

Private investigator services vary widely based on a client’s needs. Some private investigators specialize in a single 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 is a list of different types of investigations:

Other Services:

  • Adoption Inquiries, research and locates
  • Address History and Address Verification
  • Adult / Child Abduction (see Missing Persons)
  • Asset search and recovery
  • Automobile Recovery and repossession
  • Bail enforcement (see Bounty Hunter)
  • Bankruptcy verification
  • Bug sweeping to identify surveillance technology
  • Business Credit Checks
  • Child custody investigation
  • Civil Litigation Support
  • Civil Court Records research and retrieval
  • 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
  • Court Records Search
  • 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
  • Fictitious Name Filings
  • 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
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • 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
  • Parental kidnapping
  • 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
  • Tenant Screening
  • Testify in Court
  • 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

For a directory of private investigators who provide services of this nature in your area, please visit our Private Investigator Directory. In addition, helpful information is available on How to become a Private InvestigatorPrivate Investigator training courses and a list of Private Investigator Jobs and careers.

Also, if you’re interested in pursuing a career in the field, check out the eBook The Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook: How to Get a Private Investigator License in any State available at Amazon.com.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.

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