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ICS provides a full range of private investigations in Kentucky, and all investigations are performed by licensed Kentucky private investigators. Our investigators are committed to providing affordable, reliable service in your area and reporting their results in a timely, accountable manner. Contact us today to begin your case. ICS is a full service private detective agency.

Local Kentucky Private Investigator

Private Investigators in Kentucky are required to be licensed in order to conduct Private Investigation services. If your investigation requires the case to move out of state, the private investigator must still abide by any out of state licensing requirements.

Private Investigator in Kentucky

A private investigator in Kentucky must apply to the Kentucky Board of Licensure and pass licensing requirements, including a thorough background check. While many Kentucky private investigators come from a law enforcement or military background, it is not a requirement for employment as a private investigator. Often times a degree in Criminal Justice or other security and investigation work can be just as important to prospective employers. In the State of Kentucky, it is against the law to provide the services of a private investigator without a Kentucky Private Investigator License. You can rest assured that any Kentucky private investigator assigned to your case with ICS is an authorized employee or contractor, fully licensed and insured in accordance with Kentucky State Laws and participates in the required continuing education.

Adultery, Infidelity or Cheating Spouse Investigations

If your spouse or significant other is cheating, you deserve to know the truth. As difficult as it may be to come to terms with the fact that your loved one is having an affair, you are going to need to get all the facts and protect your interests and well being. Coping with infidelity is not easy, but living with it is worse. A Kentucky private investigator at ICS can help you determine whether or not your loved one is being unfaithful with an Adultery, Infidelity or Cheating Spouse Investigation. Some common signs of cheating are: excessive or discreet use of the computer, spending more time at work, hiding their phone, credit card, or bank accounts histories, excessive arguing of facts related to time, blaming, defensive behavior, negative projections behavior - accusing you of an affair, lack of sexual interest or abnormal renewed sexual interest, abnormal call activity at the home or cell phones - hang ups and long tones, removal of pictures or photos from wallet, lost wedding ring, etc. If your spouse or loved one is exhibiting some or all of the common signs of cheating, you should contact ICS today to begin a case and discover the truth. Our infidelity private investigators in Kentucky will conduct a thorough investigation of the suspected cheater and provide you with our findings so that you can make the most informed decision for your future.

Child Custody, Visitation, and Support Investigations

The most important factor in determining the custody of a child is the child's welfare. The best interest of the child is evaluated by a court based on a set of guidelines to ensure the child has a safe, healthy, loving and stable environment. Once custody has been determined, visitation arrangements are made for the parent without custody. Although it is important, normally, that each parent or known guardian remain a strong part of a child’s life, it is equally important that your child not be in an unhealthy environment. If you believe that the best interests of your child are not being met with the current child custody or visitation arrangements, ICS can help you in your efforts to prove your case, documenting the evidence to support your claim, with a Kentucky Child Custody Investigation. During the course of a child custody or child visitation investigation, ICS may interview friends, neighbors, relatives, school employees, doctors and day care workers.

State and local Child Support Enforcement Agencies in most jurisdictions are mandated under law to enforce court orders and collect child support. Typically, these agencies are understaffed and limited in their ability to find deadbeat parents and hold them accountable. In addition, the government’s investigative techniques are both predictable and superficial, and deadbeat parents quickly learn how to live beneath the radar and avoid being located. Fortunately, the private investigators at ICS are better equipped to quickly locate, and build a case against a deadbeat parent. ICS will use methods such as surveillance, hidden asset checks, public records searches, skip-tracing, undercover operations and others services in a Kentucky Child Support Investigation.

Missing Person and Locate Investigations

Private Investigator in Kentucky

Traditionally, it is seen as law enforcement's job to locate missing persons, especially in the case of a kidnapping. However, police and other law enforcement officers are restricted by regulations and resources, and in some cases will not even consider someone as a missing person, even though you may. In addition, police will only take on a case to locate a person if a crime has been committed. If you are searching for a lost loved one, and old friend from school, a debtor that owes you money, or other lost person, you will need to turn to a private investigator rather than the police to begin an investigation. ICS can assist you with a Missing Person or Locate Lost Person Investigation to discover the whereabouts of someone who is not easy to find. ICS can also perform a Birth Parent Locate Investigation in Kentucky on your behalf. If you need to locate a lost or missing person, and need results that you can't obtain elsewhere, contact ICS to begin your case.

Background Check and Pre-Employment Screening

Do you need a background check performed on an individual in the State of Kentucky? Are you in Kentucky and need a background check performed elsewhere? ICS can provide this service and many others. Background checks are one of the most well known and useful investigation tools a private investigator can provide. Sometimes a background check is all a client needs and other times it is merely the first step into a more in-depth investigation, providing clues and leads for the investigator and client to pursue. Background checks are also an important part of the Pre-Employment Screening Services offered by ICS. If you need Pre-Employment Screening services, a background check or an investigation involving one, the professionals at ICS are ready to work for you to provide the discreet and confidential service you need. ICS has been helping people in Kentucky just like you get results since 1967.

Computer and Cellular Forensics

ICS private investigators in Kentucky are skilled and experienced in providing computer forensics investigations in Kentucky to scientifically analyze the data held on, or retrieved from computer storage media in such a way that the information can be used as evidence in a Kentucky court of law. Our Kentucky computer forensics investigators securely collect the suspect data and exam its contents based on the purpose of the investigation. Computer forensics investigators at ICS in Kentucky provide services such as: data recovery of emails, instant messages, and all types of files, virus and spyware detection and removal, email tracing, pornography detection, computer and network intrusion detection and prevention, internet history evaluation, hidden files detection, and more. Our forensic technicians are knowledgeable and available to provide these services for desktop computers, laptops, network servers, digital cameras, media cards, smart phones including the iPhone, and most other forms of media and data storage. If you need a computer forensics investigator, click now to begin a Computer Forensics Private Investigation.

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures

Technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) eavesdropping detection and bug sweeps are designed to detect any means of eavesdropping or electronic bugs in use at your home, office or vehicle. The TSCM professionals with ICS are highly qualified, certified and accredited. Whether your case involves suspicion of corporate espionage, stalking, intrusion into your private affairs, extortion, identity theft, or any other malicious attempt to harm you through information theft, the TSCM professionals at ICS are ready to assist you with an in-depth, comprehensive survey. A technical surveillance countermeasures sweep with ICS involves both physical and electronic inspection of the area of concern to determine if any means of eavesdropping or information theft are in use, like infrared, laser, audio recording, video recording, phone taps, GPS tracking, hidden cameras, wireless microphones, radio transmitters, cell phone interceptors, and more. If you suspect that one of these devices, or any other means of eavesdropping or information theft, have been used against you, contact ICS today to begin a TSCM eavesdropping detection and bug sweep. A technical surveillance countermeasures eavesdropping detection and bug sweep is a service offered by ICS and is not itself an investigation; ICS will work with a Kentucky private investigator to report findings and take action in the event of a discovery of illegal surveillance activities.

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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

Paper and Press Releases

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    There is simply no agency with an international footprint that takes better care of its private investigator talent. "Our solution is simple, take care of you like our own!" -Michael Rabern 08/29/2018

  • Teen Cyber Bullying

    Cyberbullying has become increasingly common, with the increased use of communication technology, especially among teenagers.

  • Cellphone Spyware

    Cellular Spyware is basically "phone surveillance". It is an app that has usually been installed by a third party on a cell phone that allows them to listen to or record conversations, track location and monitor all the data of the cell phone that... 12/07/2015

  • Workers Compensation Fraud

    Worker's compensation programs are compensation plans for the victims of all job-related injuries.  When an employee gets hurt on the job, the employer is liable for medical expenses, lost income and other expenses until the employee has healed... 12/07/2015

  • ICS Will Not Do Cheating Decoy Investigations

    International Counterintelligence Services (“ICS”), a leader in the private investigations industry takes a strong stand against Cheating Decoy Investigations. 12/07/2015

Local Associations and Important Resources for Kentucky

Kentucky Professional Investigators Association

Website: https://www.kpia.org/

The State of Kentucky Official Website

Website: https://kentucky.gov/

Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet

Website: https://justice.ky.gov/

Kentucky Board of Licensure

Website: https://kpi.ky.gov/

Kentucky State Legislature

Website: https://www.lrc.ky.gov/

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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Kentucky Private Investigator License

Kentucky requires a private investigator to be licensed with the Board of Licensure.
Reference Website: http://kpi.ky.gov/

Contact Information:
Website: http://kpi.ky.gov/
Email: PI@ky.gov
Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators, 911 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky, United States, 40601
Phone: 502-782-8809
Fax: 502-696-4961


Citation Statute:
Kentucky Revised Statutes
Title XXVI: Occupations and Professions
Chapter 329A: Private Investigators

Website: https://www.lrc.ky.gov/KRS/329A00/CHAPTER.HTM

Qualifications Requirement:
Directly from "Laws and Regulations Relating to Licensure as a Private Investigator," by The Kentucky Board Licensure for Private Investigators:

"329A.035 Applications for licenses -- Requirements -- Confidentiality.
(1) An application for a private investigator license shall be filed with the board on the prescribed
(a) The application shall include the following information regarding the applicant:
1. Full name and address;
2. Date and place of birth;
3. Social Security number;
4. All residences during the past five (5) years;
5. All employment or occupations engaged in during the past five (5) years;
6. Three (3) sets of classifiable fingerprints; and
7. Any other information as the board may reasonably require by administrative
(b) The application shall be subscribed and sworn to by the applicant.
(c) If the applicant intends to conduct fire or arson investigations, proof of current national
certification from the National Association of Fire Investigators or the International
Association of Arson Investigators shall be filed with the board in addition to the
information required in paragraph (a) of this subsection.
(2) An application for an investigating company license shall be filed with the board on the
prescribed form.
(a) The application shall include:
1. The information required in subsection (1)(a) of this section for:
a. The owner, if the company is a sole proprietorship;
b. Each partner, if the company is a partnership; or
c. The qualifying agent, if the company is a corporation;
2. The name under which the company intends to do business;
3. The address of the principal place of business and any branch offices of the
company within this state; and
4. Other information as the board may reasonably require by administrative
(b) If the company is a corporation, the following information is also required:
1. The correct legal name of the corporation;
2. The state and date of incorporation;
3. The date the corporation qualified to do business in this state;
4. The address of the corporate headquarters, if located outside of this state;
5. The names of two (2) principal corporate officers other than the qualifying agent,
their business addresses, residence addresses, and the office held by each in the
corporation; and
6. The identity and license number of all private investigators employed by or
affiliated with the company.
(c) The application shall be subscribed and sworn to by:
1. The owner, if the applicant is a sole proprietorship;
2. Each partner, if the applicant is a partnership; or
3. The qualifying agent, if the applicant is a corporation.
(3) Each applicant for an individual license or owner, partner, or qualifying agent for a company
license shall:
(a) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
(b) Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien;
(c) Have a high school education or its equivalent;
(d) Not receive a license until the earlier of:
1. The expiration of ten (10) years from the applicant's release from a sentence
imposed by any state or territory of the United States or the federal government
for the commission of a felony, including a sentence of confinement or time
served on probation, parole, or other form of conditional release or discharge; or
2. The date the applicant received a restoration of the applicant's civil rights;
(e) Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or for which
dishonesty is a necessary element within the previous five (5) years;
(f) Not have been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the Armed Forces of the
United States;
(g) Not have had his or her certification as a peace officer revoked in this or another state;
(h) Not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be incompetent by
reason of mental defect or disease unless a court of competent jurisdiction has since
declared the applicant to be competent;
(i) Not have been voluntarily or involuntarily committed to a facility or outpatient program
for the abuse of a controlled substance or been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of
KRS Chapter 218A or similar laws of any other state relating to controlled substances
within the three (3) year period immediately preceding the date on which the application
is submitted;
(j) Not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages as evidenced by:
1. The applicant having two (2) or more convictions for violating KRS 189A.010
within the three (3) year period immediately preceding the date on which the
application is submitted; or
2. The applicant having been committed as an alcoholic pursuant to KRS Chapter
222, or similar laws of any other state, within the three (3) year period
immediately preceding the date on which the application is submitted;
(k) Not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages or drugs to the extent that his or
her normal faculties are impaired;
(l) Be of good moral character;
(m) Pass an examination administered by the board in accordance with KRS 329A.025(2)(c);
(n) Submit proof of coverage which meets the following requirements:
1. Is written by an insurance company which is lawfully engaged to provide
insurance coverage in Kentucky;
2. Provides for a combined single-limit policy in the amount of at least two hundred
fifty thousand dollars ($250,000); and
3. Insures for liability all of the applicant's employees while acting in the course of
their employment.
Private investigators who limit their practice exclusively to working under the
supervision and as employees of an attorney who is licensed to practice law in this state
are exempted from the requirement of this paragraph.
(4) The board shall maintain the confidentiality of information relating to the licensee or applicant,
except that the board may provide this information to local, state, or federal law enforcement
(5) Upon inquiry by any individual or entity, the board or the board's administrative staff shall
provide or confirm the license status of any private investigator or private investigating company.
Effective: April 21, 2004
History: Amended 2004 Ky. Acts ch. 186, sec. 3, effective April 21, 2004. -- Created
2002 Ky. Acts ch. 269, sec. 6, effective July 15, 2002."

Reciprocity: Official reciprocity with Tennessee Private Investigator License.

Testing: The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators contracted with Schroeder Measurement Technologies Inc. to develop a new exam that licensees must pass in order to become certified as private investigators.

Test Fee: $156 per candidate.

Fees: Criminal History Background Check Fingerprint Fee: $ 34.75

Application Fee: $ 100.00
License Fee: $ 300.00

The new test fee will be $156 per candidate.

Renewal Information: From "Laws and Regulations Relating to Licensure as a Private Investigator," by The Kentucky Board Licensure for Private Investigators:

"329A.045 Renewal -- Fee -- Grace period -- Termination and reinstatement -- Revocation --
Evidence of continuing education -- Inactive status.
(1) A license or renewal issued under KRS 329A.010 to 329A.090 shall be valid for two (2) years
from the date of issuance. No later than May 1 in the license renewal year, the board shall send a
renewal application form to the address on file for each licensee. The renewal application shall
indicate if the licensee is required to submit passport-sized photographs for a new identification
(2) All renewal applications shall be received by the board on or before June 30 in the year of
(3) Each company license renewal shall include a notarized statement sworn to by the representative
prescribed in KRS 329A.035(2)(c) stating the identity and license number of each private
investigator employed by or affiliated with the company.
(4) The fee for the timely renewal of a license shall be not less than fifty dollars ($50) and not more
than two hundred fifty dollars ($250), as established by the board by promulgation of
administrative regulations.
(5) For individual licensees, the board shall, at its discretion, issue either a new identification card or
a renewal stamp or sticker to be affixed to the existing card.
(6) A grace period shall be allowed until September 1 of the license renewal year, during which time
licensees may continue to practice and may renew their licenses upon payment of the renewal fee
plus a late fee as promulgated by administrative regulation of the board.
(7) All licenses not renewed by September 1 of the renewal year shall terminate based on the failure
to renew in a timely manner. Upon termination, the licensee is no longer eligible to practice in
this state.
(8) After September 1 of the renewal year, former licensees with a terminated license may have their
licenses reinstated upon payment of the renewal fee plus a reinstatement fee as promulgated by
administrative regulation of the board. If the reinstatement application is made within five (5)
years from the date of termination, applicants shall not be required to submit to any examination
as a condition for reinstatement.
(9) A revoked license may not be renewed. If it is reinstated, the licensee shall pay the reinstatement
fee as set forth in subsection (8) of this section and the renewal fee as set forth in subsection (4)
of this section.
(10) A former licensee who fails to reinstate a license within five (5) years after termination may not
have it renewed, restored, or reinstated. A person may apply for and obtain a new license by
meeting the current requirements for licensure.
(11) The board may require that a person applying for a renewal or reinstatement of licensure show
evidence of completion of continuing professional education as prescribed by the board in
administrative regulations.
(12) A valid license may be put on inactive status by the licensee at the time of renewal, at a cost to be
determined by the board.
Effective: July 15, 2002
History: Created 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 269, sec. 8, effective July 15, 2002."

Continuing Education: For renewal, Kentucky wants continuing education.

Advertising Restrictions: All advertising shall be truthful, not misleading.

Kentucky State requires licensing for Frankfort Private Investigators, Security Guards and Agencies.  

State Licensing Requirement: The Kentucky Society of Private Investigators
Website: https://www.kpia.org
Email: info@kspi.orgWeb
Phone: 859-342-5677

Licensed investigators have reciprocity and can conduct investigations in Kentucky.

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