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.

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