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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.

Local Saint Paul Private Investigation Services

ICS provides a full range of investigation services for the City of Saint Paul 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 (888) 223-6494.

A private investigator in Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul Private Investigator assigned to your case with ICS are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Saint Paul laws and participates in any required continuing education.

Saint Paul Private Investigator

There were over 146,000 offenses reported in the State of Minnesota in 2011, representing 2,757 for every 100,000 in population. Of those, only 26% were cleared by arrest. For a State with a population of over 5,000,000 people, Minnesota is at the lower end of the spectrum in terms of violent crime rate, with only 2.21 annual crimes per 1,000 residents, well below the national median of 3.9. The property crime rate is also below the national median of 29.1 annual crimes per 1,000 people, coming in at 25.49. For St. Paul specifically, the crime rates are much higher when compared to the rest of the State of Minnesota. The city itself is rated safer than only 10% of U.S. cities, with 6.54 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, and 41.45 property crimes per 1,000 residents. In a city like Saint Paul, the government law enforcement agencies are stretched to their limits, creating a need for highly skilled, licensed private investigators.

Private investigators in the State of Minnesota are regulated under Minnesota Statute § 326.32-339 (found here: https://dps.mn.gov/entity/pdb/Pages/statutes.aspx). Generally speaking, to become a licensed private investigator in Minnesota, one must be at least 18 years of age, must be without any felony convictions, must supply a $10,000 Surety Bond, and must be honest and of good character and integrity, as determined by a thorough background check.

How to become a Private Investigator in Saint Paul

  1. The Board of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services requires you to have at least 6,000 hours working for a licensed private investigative firm, a government investigative agency, a police or sheriff's department, or another position that would qualify as related experience.
  2. Apply for a license and pay the required fee. In addition, you must provide proof of work experience, authorize a background check and include 5 references.
  3. Complete the mandatory 12 hours of pre-assignment training and an addition 12 hours of firearms training if you plan on being armed.

Saint Paul Private Investigator Restrictions

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

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul 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.

Saint Paul Criminal Investigation

Do you need a Criminal Investigation in Saint Paul? Are you in Saint Paul but need a criminal investigation conducted somewhere else? There are many reasons as to why someone would need a criminal investigation conducted. Regardless of why you need the investigation, our private investigators are here to help. Since 1967 our private investigators have been helping clients with criminal investigations. Call us today and learn more about Criminal Investigations in Saint Paul and find out what kind of action plan we can come up with to help you with your investigation need.

Saint Paul Locate Lost People

Are you trying to locate a lost person in Saint Paul? Are you in Saint Paul but are trying to locate a lost person somewhere else? With so many missing persons cases every year the police are often overwhelmed and do not have the available resources or manpower to do a thorough investigation into the matter. If you are trying to locate a lost person in Saint Paul and have nowhere to turn contact ICS. International Counterintelligence Services has been providing clients with locate lost people investigations since 1967. Contact us today to learn more about a Saint Paul locate lost people investigation and find out how we can help you get your case started.

Saint Paul Background Investigation

Are you in Saint Paul and need a background investigation? Are you in Saint Paul but need a background investigation somewhere else? Whatever your needs are, ICS has the ability, expertise and resources to gather the information your seeking. In many investigations a background investigation is a substantial part. However, not all investigations can be completed with a background investigation. Investigations that require a lot more detail may need other investigation services as well as a background investigation. If your in need of a background investigation contact us and learn how we can help you with your case.

Private Investigation Cases Map for near St Paul, 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

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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.

St Paul 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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