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

Our Private Investigators are a discreet group of professionals ready to help you in Montana and elsewhere. We have been established since 1967 helping people just like you.

Local Montana Private Investigator

Private Investigators in Montana 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.

Montana Private Investigator

A Private Investigator in Montana must be fully licensed in order to conduct any investigations legally. As a requirement, an applicant must fill out an application with the Montana Board of Private Security and pass an FBI and Montana Criminal fingerprint background check. Montana also requires private investigators in Montana to have a high school diploma.

Although Montana does have a required minimum for experience,  investigators that work for ICS are highly experienced and meet all requirements to conduct investigations in the state. You can rest assured that any investigations done by ICS in Montana will be held to the utmost level of their capability.

Private Investigator in Montana

Private investigators in Montana have to work in an extensive landscape. Montana is the fourth largest state in the US and is contains close to 1,000,000 people. In comparison, Montana is a little bigger then Japan in terms of land mass but only contains less than 1% of the population that Japan bares.  Consisting of mostly cold months, private investigators can expect to face unforeseen weather conditions that can come and go due to the diversity of the state’s topography. Montana has several state parks including Glacier National Park and portions of Yellowstone National Park. Montana has reserved a total of 275,000 acres of land towards its parks and forests

ICS provides a full range of investigations for the state of Montana, and has private investigators all over the state. Whether your case involves adultery, cheating, child custody, fraud, background checks, or any other of the cases we take on, ICS can help. With our experience and knowledge, we can find the answers you are looking for.

Private Investigator in Montana

Montana has a total of 60 state, national  parks and protected regions. Much of this land is considered a part of what is known as “Tornado Alley.” As the weather in Montana has frequent interaction between cold and warm air, the state is susceptible to more than 50 tornadoes per year which is one of the highest in the world.

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

Montana  Background Checks

Do you need a Background Check performed in the state of Montana? Background checks are some of the most useful services a private investigator can provide to their clients. Sometimes a background check is all a client needs and other times it it can be a part of a much more intricate investigation. If you need an Montana  background check or an investigation involving one, the professionals at ICS are ready to get you the results you are looking for. ICS has been helping people in Montana  just like you get results since 1967.

Montana Background Check

Private Investigation Cases Map for in Montana

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 Montana

Montana Association of Private Investigators

Website: None available

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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns


The requirements for becoming a Private Investigator in Montana are generally straightforward.
Reference Website: http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/board_page.asp

Contact Information:
Website: http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/board_page.asp
Email: dlibsdpsp@mt.gov
Board of Private Security Patrol Officers and Investigators, 301 S Park, Room 430 PO Box 200513, Helena, Montana, United States, 59620-0513
Phone: (406) 841-2300
Fax: (406) 841-2309

MAPI - Montana Association of Private Investigators and Secuirty Operators

Citation Statute:
Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Website: http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/board_page.asp

Qualifications Requirement:
Submit the following documents to the Board office in order to complete your license application.
All documents must be copied to a standard page size of 8 ½” x 11”. All documents not in
English must be accompanied by certified translations.

• Completed application and attached photograph.
• Copy of driver’s license or birth certificate for proof of age.
• Copy of birth certificate, United States passport or Immigration green card for proof of
citizenship or permanent legal residency.
• Copy of high school diploma or equivalency.
• Proof of 3 years (5,400 hours) of Experience/Education. (A combination of experience,
education and training may be used to meet the experience requirement, but education and
training may not exceed ½ the experience required.)
1. 3 years of full-time experience engaged in the private investigative business;
2. Employed as a private investigator or having held a certificate of authority to conduct a private investigate business; or
3. Having been an investigator, detective, special agent, or peace officer of a city, county, or state government or the United State government. Self-employment
must be verified by tax returns. (1 ½ years experience as a licensed insurance
investigator may be applied toward the 3 years of experience required for a
private investigator.)
4. Proof of education and training submitted with the application to meet the 3 years experience requirement may include transcripts; diplomas; seminar certificates; course completion certificates; or other supporting documentation.
5. 6 months of the experience requirement may be met by successful completion and verification of the basic course at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.
6. A combination of experience, education and training may not exceed ½ the
experience required.
• Current Certificate of Insurance with the Montana Board of Private Security listed as the
certificate holder and indicating a minimum of $500,000 per occurrence of commercial
general liability which includes personal injury. If licensed with armed status, private
investigators shall be covered by liability for firearms coverage.
• Applicant must have three references pursuant to ARM 24.182.501(5).
• Copy of a current firearms certification, if you are requesting Armed Endorsement.
• Completed Verification of Licensure form, if you hold or ever held a professional/occupational
licenses in another state or jurisdiction.
• Copy of your DD 214, if you have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Reciprocity: Montana does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states.

Testing: $20 Examination Fee

Fees: Application fee $250.00
Examination Fee $20.00
Optional Armed Endorsement: $50

Renewal Information: Annual Renewal
Renewal Fee: $175.00 renewal fee


Montana Private Investigator Licensing

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

Website: https://mt.gov/dli/bsd/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/licenses/psp/lic_summary.asp#pi
Email: dlibsdpsp@mt.gov
Phone: (406) 841-2348

Only licensed investigators can conduct investigations in Montana.  Licenses are only good in Montana, there is no State Reciprocity.

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