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If you need a private investigator in Billings to assist you with a discreet, confidential private investigation please fill out a Private Investigator Free Consultation. Our private investigators are committed to providing affordable, reliable service in Billings and report their results in a timely, accountable manner. Contact us today to begin your case.

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Local Billings Private Investigation Services

ICS provides a full range of investigations services for the City of Billings 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 Billings 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.

You can rest assured that any Billings Private Investigator assigned to your case with ICS are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Billings laws and participates in any required continuing education.

Billings Private Investigator

 Despite being one of the largest States in terms of total area, Montana boasts a population of only one million people.  Crime rates are lower as a result of the population being so spread out.  Violent crimes are reported at 2.67 incidents per 1,000 people, below the national median of 3.9.  Property crimes average 23.2 incidents per 1,000 people, also below the national median of 29.1.  In the city of Billings, residents account for 105,000 of the state’s population.  The crime index there is 11, meaning that Billings is safer than 11% of cities in the United States.  Of the 47.39 index crimes reported per 1,000 residents, only 2.96 are violent, while 44.43 are property-related.  Local law enforcement agencies are working around the clock, but limited resources do not allow them to dedicate the necessary time to solving every case.  By hiring a private investigator licensed by ICS, you will know for sure that a highly skilled private investigator will be dedicated to your case and will see it through to the end.

How to become a Private Investigator in Billings

  1. Must be at least 21 years old and be a legal resident or citizen of the US.
  2. Obtain 3 years or 5,400 hours of related investigation experience.
  3. Pass the State issued private investigator exam with at least a 70%.
  4. Obtain at least $500,000 of general commercial liability insurance

Billings Private Investigator Restrictions

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

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Billings 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 Billings 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.

Billings Stalking and Harassment Investigation

Stalking and Harassment is a serious matter but proving it's happening can be another story. Do you live in Billings, Montana and believe someone is stalking you? Are you in Billings and are experiencing harassment? ICS has been helping clients with Stalking and Harassment Investigations since 1967 and has experienced investigators ready to help you with your case. Call ICS today to learn more about stalking and harassment investigations and find out how our investigators can help you with your case.

Billings Background Investigation

Do you live in Billings and need a background investigation? Are you in Billings but need a background investigation elsewhere? ICS provides background investigations throughout the State and anywhere else you may need a background check. Sometimes a background check is all a client needs where other times a background investigation is a small part of a much larger investigation. Call ICS today and speak with a private investigator to see how we can help you with your case.

Missing Persons in Billings Montana

Are you in Billings Montana and are looking for a missing person? Are you in Billings but believe someone you are looking for has left the state of Montana? ICS has the knowledge and resources to find missing persons that the police have not had any luck finding due to lack of leads or manpower. Call ICS today to discuss your case confidentially and find out how ICS private investigators can help you find your missing person.

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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: http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/email_form.asp
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 State requires licensing for Billings 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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