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Discover more about private investigators capability, employment and regulations in Minnesota.

ICS offers a full range of private investigation services throughout Minnesota and our investigations are always performed by Licensed Minnesota Private Investigators. ICS affiliate investigators are held to the highest levels of professionalism and you can expect all reports and findings to be reported accurately and in a timely fashion.

Private Investigators in Minnesota

Local Minnesota Private Investigator

Private Investigators in Minnesota 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 Minnesota

A private investigator in Minnesota must apply for a license through the State of Minnesota’s Private Detective and Protective Agent Services. Before applying, the state requires all private investigator applicants to have a minimum of 6000 hours of investigative experience, as well as a full background check.

You can rest assured that any Minnesota Private Investigator assigned to your case with ICS are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Minnesota laws and participates in any required continuing education. It is important for you to understand local laws, as it is equally illegal to hire an unlicensed private investigator in a state that requires it, as well as to operate a private investigative agency without a license.

Minnesota Private Investigator

In 2011, the estimated population of Minnesota was 5,344,861 people. Minnesota has 17 cities with populations over 50,000 which include: Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington, Plymouth, Saint Cloud, Woodbury, Eagan, Maple Grove, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Burnsville, Blaine, Apple Valley and Lakeville.

Best known as the State of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is home to a total of 11,842 lakes larger than 10 acres in size. Lake superior is the largest of the group, featuring a size of 962,700 acres. Minnesota is also home to over 6,500 rivers. All together, the extensive span of natural rivers and waterways produce approximately 10.6 million acres of wetlands which is more than any other state (excluding Alaska).

ICS provides a full range of investigations for Minnesota , and has private investigators in every major region. Whether your case involves  missing persons, extramarital affairs, asset searches, background checks, infidelity, adultery surveillance, child custody, or any kind of other service, ICS can help. With the experience and resources we have, we can help you find the answers you are looking for.

Minnesota Background Checks

Do you need a Background Check performed in Minnesota? Background checks are some of the most useful services a private investigator provide to their clients. Sometimes a background check is all a client needs and other times it is essential step in more elaborate investigations. If you need a Minnesota 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 Minnesota  with private investigations since 1967.

Minnesota Background Check

Private Investigation Cases Map for in Minnesota

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

  • 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.

  • 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 Minnesota

Minnesota private investigator association:

Website: https://www.mapi.org

About Minnesota:


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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns


Reference Website: https://dps.mn.gov/entity/pdb/Pages/default.aspx

Contact Information:
Website: https://dps.mn.gov/entity/pdb/Pages/default.aspx
Email: mn.pdb@state.mn.us
Board of Private Detective And Protective Agent Services, 1430 Maryland Avenue East,, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, 55106
Phone: (651)793-2666
Fax: (651)793-7065

Minnesota Association of Private Investigators

Citation Statute:

Website: https://dps.mn.gov/entity/pdb/Pages/statutes.aspx

Qualifications Requirement:
Each person signing the application must be at least 18 years of age.

Each person must have a record free of felony convictions, and no record of convictions of offenses stipulated in statute

The applicant must supply a $10,000 Surety Bond (private detective or protective agent at the time of application.

The applicant must supply Proof of Financial Responsibility at the time of application

Complete required application materials and supporting documents.

Be of good character, honesty and integrity.


The applicant, qualified representative or Minnesota Manager for a Private Detective license must provide documentation supporting a minimum of 6,000 hours of employment, as an investigator in one or more of the following areas, showing competency and ability:

Employed as an investigator with a licensed private detective agency.

Employed as an investigator with a United States government investigative service.

Employed as an investigator for a city police department or sheriff's office.

Be employed in an occupation the Board finds equivalent in scope, responsibility and training as one of the specific occupations listed above.

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

Fees: Individual $1,000.00
Partnership $1,700.00
Corporation/LLC $1,900.00
Plus a $25.00 non-refundable application
fee for all new applicants.

Renewal Information: 0 Employees $ 540.00
1 to 10 Employees $ 710.00
11 to 25 Employees $ 880.00
26 to 50 Employees $1,050.00
51 or more employees $1,220.00

Forms: In order to receive application forms, one must request them by calling the Board of Private Detective Protective Agent Services at (651)793-2666.

Please note: ICS is not licensed in State of Minnesota and if you reside in the State of Minnesota and the subject matter of your inquiry is private investigations, in the State of Minnesota we may not be able to assist you pursuant to existing Minnesota private investigator laws and regulations without the use of local sub-contractors where permissible. Not all services offered by ICS require licensing within the State of Minnesota.

Minnesota Private Investigator Licensing

Minnesota State requires licensing for Private Investigators, Security Guards and Agencies.
Only licensed investigators can conduct investigations in Minnesota.

State License Athority: Board of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services
Website: https://www.dps.state.mn.us/pdb/
Email: mn.pdb@state.mn.us
Phone: (651)793-2666

Minnesota licenses are only good in Minnesota, there is no State Reciprocity.

Minnesota Private Investigator Listing

Active Research Investigations

PO Box 4031
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Phone : 651-659-9551 or 800-894-9186
Email : activeinvestigations@comcast.net
Office Contact: Dale Johnson

Applied Professional Services (APS)

323 W Superior Street Suite 2 Duluth, MN 55802
Duluth, St. Paul, Minneapolis , Minnesota 
Phone : 218-628-3283
Email : matt@apsprotect.com
Office Contact: Matt Miller

Capital Investigations

1055 Dale Street North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55117
Phone : 651-489-1992
Email :
Office Contact: Sheldon Anderson

Private Investigator Agency

8693 Darnel Rd. Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 
Phone : 952-412-5496
Email : vnorberg@comcast.net
Office Contact: Vaugh Robert Norberg

William Ojile, InfoPro Investigations

6066 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Ste. 313 Brooklyn Center, MN
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430, Minnesota 55430
Phone : 612.309.1328
Email : infopro@infoproonline.com
Office Contact: William Ojile

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