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ICS of California is an independently owned and operated licensee of ICS World, L.L.C., providing private investigations in Los Angeles and the entire state of California. If you need a private investigator to assist you with a discreet, confidential private investigation please fill out a Private Investigator Free Consultation. Our private investigators are committed to providing affordable, reliable service in Los Angeles and report their results in a timely, accountable manner. Contact us today to begin your case. CA License #25998

Private Investigator in Los Angeles

ICS provides a full range of private investigation services for the City of Los Angeles and all surrounding metropolitan areas. Submit a free online private investigation consultation form, or call our toll free number to speak to a private investigator at (800) 828-9198.

A California private investigator must apply to the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and pass licensing requirements, including a thorough background check. While many Los Angeles private investigators come from a law enforcement or military background, it is not a requirement for employment as a private investigator.

You can rest assured that any Los Angeles Private Investigator assigned to your case with ICS are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Los Angeles laws and participates in any required continuing education.

Local Los Angeles Private Investigator

California is one of the largest states in the U.S., both by land mass and population, with an official count of 37.7 million residents. Last year, 1.13 million index crimes were reported, which includes both violent crimes and property crimes. That calculates to 29.95 crimes reported annually per 1,000 residents, compared to the national median of 33.0. Of those reported, 4.11 were violent while 25.84 were property crimes. This compares to national medians of 3.9 violent and 29.1 property crimes annually. The City of Los Angeles accounts for 3.82 million of the residents of California, but the city itself is actually rated safer than 29% of United States cities. Violent crimes are slightly higher than the statewide median, with 5.32 reported annually per 1,000 residents, but property crimes are less frequent, with only 23.15 per 1,000 residents. However, even though crime rates are not extremely high, the number of crimes committed is, and this elevates the need for additional law enforcement and investigation. By hiring private investigators licensed by ICS, you are ensuring that your case is investigated to its fullest by a dedicated and highly skilled professional.

How to become a Private Investigator in Los Angeles

  1. Be 18 years of age or older
  2. Undergo criminal background check through the California Department of Justice and the FBI
  3. Required Experience:
    • Have three years (2,000 hours each year, totaling 6,000 hours) of compensated experience in investigative work, OR
    • A law or police science degree plus two years (4,000 hours) of experience, OR
    • An AA degree in police science, criminal law, or justice and 2 ½ years (5,000 hours) experience
  4. Pass a two-hour multiple choice exam

Los Angeles Private Investigator Restrictions

In order to conduct private investigations in Los Angeles, all private investigators must comply with local and federal laws.

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Los Angeles cannot carry a badge, wear a uniform or say anything that might imply that the private investigator is a police officer or federal agent.
  • Make an Arrest - Private Investigators in Los Angeles cannot legally make an arrest. If there is evidence that suggests an arrest should be made the investigator should contact law enforcement.
  • Wiretapping - Wiretapping is illegal without a proper warrant. Private Investigators cannot tap a phone.
  • Trespassing - Private Investigators cannot break and enter onto private property.

Los Angeles Hidden Asset Investigation

Do you have a business partner or spouse that you believe is hiding assets from you in Los Angeles? Are you located in Los Angeles and believe that this person is hiding assets from you somewhere else? International Counterintelligence Services has the ability and resources available to conduct a thorough Los Angeles Hidden Asset investigation on your behalf that will uncover any assets that the subject may be hiding from you. ICS has been helping people just like you conduct hidden asset investigations since 1967. Learn more about how we can help you with your investigation by contacting us and speaking with a licensed private investigator. We will take the time to discuss your investigation over a free consultation to determine the best course of action in finding the information your looking for.

Los Angeles Missing Person Investigation

Are you looking for a person gone missing in Los Angeles? If you need help with a missing person investigation in Los Angeles, ICS can help. Missing person investigations are never easy and with as many people that go missing every day, the police are often overwhelmed with these types of cases. Due to lack of resources, time and leads, many of these missing person investigations simply go cold. If your looking for a missing person in Los Angeles and don't believe the police are doing enough about it to find them, then contact the private investigators with ICS. Our team of skilled investigators will take the time and commitment needed to conduct a properly investigated missing person investigation. Learn more about Los Angeles Missing person investigations by contacting us today and speaking with a licensed private investigator.

Los Angeles Background Investigation

Do you live in Los Angeles and need a background investigation done on someone? Los Angeles is a big place and often times you could be faced with people you aren't sure whether or not they should be trusted. If your considering getting a background investigation conducted on someone in Los Angeles, or somewhere else, then contact the professional private investigators with ICS. Sometimes a background investigation is the only thing you need on a subject and can yield enough information to gather everything you need to know about the person. However, in more complex or in depth investigations, a background investigation may only be a starting point to continue to build from with the more thorough investigation. Regardless of your needs, the private investigators with ICS can help. International Counterintelligence Services has been conducting private investigation services throughout the world since 1967. Learn more about what you can obtain with a background investigation by calling and speaking with a licensed private investigator over a free consultation.

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Case Studies

  • Overseas Lost Person

    Private Investigator finds a lost person in an overseas country 01/24/2019

  • Locate Lost Person

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to locate a Subject that had been in a 3-year relationship with the Client. 01/17/2019

  • Child Custody Exchange

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to have an Investigator on site to witness the exchange of a child from father to mother. Due to the legality of the exchange, a verified witness was required by the Client to document a proper exchange to negate... 01/08/2019

  • Case Study: Infidelity investigation in a Resort City Like Dubai

    ICS was contacted by a Client in an attempt to verify if her spouse was engaging in acts of Infidelity while on a stay in a city much like Dubai. Investigators were dispatched. We had boot on the ground in the resort and reserved their stay. In... 10/01/2018

  • Case Study: Due Diligence investigation helps business move forward with new investors.

    The private investigator for ICS helped our client make informed decisions about their potential investigators. With this case study the efforts made by ICS thwarted the clients suspicion and made for better business dealing. 09/20/2018

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Official Website of the City of Los Angeles

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California Private Investigator License

Training and education are big factors in becoming a PI in California. You must also be fingerprinted, fill out an application, and take an examination.
Reference Website: https://www.bsis.ca.gov/

Contact Information:
Website: https://www.bsis.ca.gov/
Email: bsis@dca.ca.gov
Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, 2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 270, Sacramento, California, United States, 95834
Phone: (916) 322-4000
Fax: (916) 575-7290

California Association of Licensed Investigators
Professional Investigators of California

Citation Statute:
California Code of Regulations
Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
Division 7. Bureau of Security and Investigative Services

California Business and Professions Code
Chapter 11.3 Private Investigator Act

Qualifications Requirement:
From The California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services' website:

"Be 18 or older.

Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Have at least three years (2,000 hours each year, totaling 6,000 hours) of compensated experience in investigative work; or

have a law degree or completed a four year course in police science plus two years (4,000 hours) of experience; or

have an associate's degree in police science, criminal law, or justice and 2 ½ years (5,000 hours) of experience.

Pass a two-hour multiple-choice examination covering laws and regulations, terminology, civil and criminal liability, evidence handling, undercover investigations and surveillance."

Reciprocity: The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, has entered into limited reciprocity agreements with Florida, Louisiana and Oregon.

Official reciprocity with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Testing: A two-hour multiple-choice examination covering laws and regulations, terminology, civil and criminal liability, evidence handling, undercover investigations and surveillance is required for a California Private Investigator License.

Fees: $50.00 Application Fee
$175 Licensing Fee

Renewal Information: $125 Renewal Fee every two years
$15 Reexamination Fee


Los Angeles Private Investigator Listing

4574 E. Sierra Madre, Suite A
Fresno, California 93726
Phone : 559-840-2959
Email : anelson77@gmail.com
Office Contact: Anthony Nelson

Allen Horner Investigations

National Intelligence Group 3355 N. White Ave. #8257
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Phone : 909-964-4551
Email : mypinow@aol.com
Office Contact: Allen Horner

Gomez Investigations Unit

14311 Newport Ave., #G280
Tustin, California 92780
Phone : 714-656-8569
Email : nestor@gomezinvestigationsunit.com
Office Contact: Nestor Gomez

Guardian Private Investigations

14 Monarch Bay Plaza, Suite 281, Monarch Beach, CA
San Diego, California 92629
Phone : 949-683-4334
Email : amelia@guardianpi.com
Office Contact: Amelia Clemens

Gumshoe Detective Agency

1230 High Street, Suite 219
Auburn, California 95603
Phone : (O)530.889.1945 (O)888.666.9144 (C)530.320.0083
Email : mail@gumshoedetectives.com
Office Contact: Don Treco

Investigative Consultants International

Olympia, California 
Phone : 925-989-3324
Email : brandon@pri-eye.com
Office Contact: Brandon August

Nolan Enterprises

3707 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield, California 93306
Phone : 951-415-8237
Email : tnolanenterprises@gmail.com
Office Contact: Tracey Nolan

Social SPI Investigations

3534 East Holt Ave.
West Covina, California 91791
Phone : 626-922-5283
Email : socalspiinvestigation@gmail
Office Contact: David Gomez

We Serve U Investigations

9208 Meadow Grove Dr. Elk Grove, CA. 95624
Hayward, California 
Phone : (916)714-9350; (510)541- 2390
Email : monadavi48@gmail.com
Office Contact: Ramona R. Davi

Woodward Investigative Services

300 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 804
Anaheim, California 92805
Phone : 714-822-0161(o); 714-656-5604(c)
Email : mark@woodwardpi.com
Office Contact: Mark Woodward

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