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ICS provides a full range of private investigator services conducted by licensed Maryland sub-contractors. ICS is a full service private detective agency available 24 hours a day including holidays. When you need a private investigator in Maryland, turn to the professionals at ICS and begin your investigation with a free consultation online or by calling (888) 223-6494.


Local Maryland Private Investigator

Private Investigators in Maryland 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 Maryland

A private investigator in Maryland must apply to the Maryland State Police and pass licensing requirements, including a thorough background check.

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 Maryland private investigator sub-contractor with 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. These sub-contractors 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 sub-contractors can help you in your efforts to prove your case, documenting the evidence to support your claim, with a Maryland Child Custody Investigation. During the course of a child custody or child visitation investigation, these sub-contractors 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, private investigators are better equipped to quickly locate, and build a case against a deadbeat parent. Our sub-contractors will use methods such as surveillance, hidden asset checks, public records searches, skip-tracing, undercover operations and others services in a Maryland Child Support Investigation.

Missing Person and Locate Investigations

Maryland Private Investigation

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 Maryland 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 Maryland? Are you in Maryland 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 Maryland just like you get results since 1967.

Computer and Cellular Forensics

ICS private investigators are skilled and experienced in providing computer forensics investigations in Maryland 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 Maryland court of law. Our Maryland computer forensics investigators securely collect the suspect data and exam its contents based on the purpose of the investigation. Computer forensics investigators at ICS 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 Maryland 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

  • ICS of Maryland Delayed For Regulatory Licensure

    The launch of ICS of Maryland has been delayed pending regulatory licensure by the Department of State Police.

    05/24/2012

  • Join our team of Qualified Parties

    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.
    12/07/2015

  • 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 Maryland

The State of Maryland Official Website

Website: https://www.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Maryland Investigators and Security Association

Website: https://www.misahq.com/

Maryland State Police

Website: https://www.mdsp.org/

Maryland General Assembly

Website: https://mlis.state.md.us/

About Maryland:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryland


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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Maryland

Maryland has unincorporated (personal) and incorporated (business) licenses for private investigators.
Reference Website: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/CriminalInvestigationBureau/LicensingDivision/ProfessionalLicenses/PrivateDetectiveAgencies.aspx

Contact Information:
Website: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/CriminalInvestigationBureau/LicensingDivision/ProfessionalLicenses/PrivateDetectiveAgencies.aspx
Maryland State Police Licensing Division, 1111 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, Maryland, United States, 21208
Phone: (410) 653.4200

Associations:
Maryland Investigators and Security Association

Citation Statute:
Md. BUSINESS OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS Code Ann. § 13-101 (2013)

Website: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Documents/Business%20Occupations%20and%20Professions%20Title%2013.pdf

Qualifications Requirement:
An applicant may be either an individual or a firm. An individual shall be of good character and reputation. If the applicant is a firm, each firm member shall be of good character and reputation. The individual or firm representative shall be at least 25 years old. All applicants shall meet the required experience outlined below:

At least 5 years of experience as a full-time certified or licensed private detective; OR
At least:
5 years of experience as a full-time police officer with an organized police agency; and
completed successfully a police officer training course that is recognized and approved by the Maryland Police Training Commission; OR
At least 3 years of experience in an investigative capacity as a detective while serving as a police officer with an organized police agency; OR
At least:
3 years of experience in an investigative capacity in any unit of the United States, of the State, or of a county or municipal corporation of the State for the purpose of law enforcement; and
completed successfully the police officer training required by the Maryland Police Training Commission; OR
At least:
5 years of experience as a full-time fire investigator for a fire department or law enforcement agency of the State or of a county or municipal corporation of the State; and
completed successfully the training certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission or the Maryland Fire-Rescue Education and Training Commission.

Reciprocity: The state of Maryland does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states.



Fees: The fee for an initial application is $200 for an individual (unincorporated) and $375 for a firm (incorporated). Additional fees and fines may apply; see the Fee Schedule? for more information. Fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Maryland State Police.

Renewal Information: The fee for a renewal application is $200 for an individual and $400 for a firm.

Private Detective Agency License expires two (2) years after its date of issuance and upon the date the Secretary of State Police sets. Licenses are staggered resulting in expiration in either January or July depending on the date of initial application. The license may be renewed for an additional 2-year term.

The Licensing Division will mail to the licensee a renewal notice at least one month prior to expiration. The renewal notice will include:

A renewal application form; and
A notice that states:
the date on which the current license expires;
that the Secretary must receive the renewal application and the statements required under § 13-309 of this subtitle, at least 15 days before the license expiration date, for the renewal to be issued and mailed before the license expires;
the amount of the renewal fee;
that, if the statements required under § 13-309 of this subtitle are not received at least 15 days before the license expiration date, a fee of $10 per day shall be charged against the licensee until the statements are received; and
that the submission of a false statement in the renewal application or in the annual statements is cause for revocation of the license.
The renewal application must be received by the Maryland State Police at least 15 days prior to the expiration date.



Maryland requires licensing for Private Investigators, Security Guards and Agencies.

Only licensed investigators can conduct investigations in Maryland.

State Licensing Authority: Maryland State Police
Website: https://www.mdsp.org/
Phone: (410) 653-4200    

Maryland licenses are only good in Maryland and surrounding areas in the state.  There is no State Reciprocity.

Maryland Private Investigator Listing

Commercial Index Bureau

5205 East Dr
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
Phone : 4102428150
Email : mailto:jlk@cibpi.com
Office Contact: Janet Kuhn

Covert Investigative Services

7924 Springway Road
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone : 443-621-0203
Email : covert.pi.services@gmail.com
Office Contact: Mike Travlos

Delaware Detective Group, LLC

364 E. Main Street, Suite 309 Middletown, Delaware 19709
Aberdeen, Maryland 
Phone : 302.836.8666; 910-273-2927
Email : skempski@delawaredetectivegroup.com; CKPalumbo86@yahoo.com
Office Contact: Stephen A. Kempski; Chris Palumbo

Derek Smith

14919 Doveheart Lane Bowie Maryland 20721
Bowie, Maryland 
Phone : (301) 744-7355
Email : dsmith8952@aol.com
Office Contact: Derek Smith

Free State Investigations

4423 Lehigh Road, Suite 195, College Park, Maryland 20740
College Park, Maryland 
Phone : 301-576-8227
Email : jeff.dahn@freestateinvestigations.com
Office Contact: Jeff Dahn

IST Group LLP

432 S. Main Street, Suite C, Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Phone : Cell: (410)-776-4971 Office: (800)-419-0045
Email : bobby@istgroupofmd.com; istgoup@icloud.com
Office Contact: Robert Hinkleman,

Maverick Process Service & Investigations

9 Westminster Shopping Center, #384
Westminster, Maryland 21157
Phone : 877-838-4782
Email : brian@mavpi.com
Office Contact: Brian McClernan

Sterling International Investigation Services

2733 Crestview Rd, Riva, MD
Riva, Maryland 21140
Phone : 240.286.3611
Email : carlos@siis-global.com
Office Contact: Carlos Garcia

The Spaulding Paralegal Firm, LLC.

136 w. Dares beach rd unit 301 Prince Frederick, md 20678
College Park, Maryland 
Phone : (410) 570- 0626
Email : jspaulding@spauldingparalegal.com
Office Contact: James M. Spaulding


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