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If you need a private investigator in Lincoln 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 Lincoln and report their results in a timely, accountable manner. Contact us today to begin your case.

Local Lincoln Private Investigation Services

ICS provides a full range of investigation services for the City of Lincoln 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 Lincoln must apply for a license through the Secretary of State and is required to have a minimum of 3000 hours experience. Because of this, most private investigators in Lincoln and retired or ex law enforcement or come from a military background..

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

Lincoln Private Investigator

With a population of just under 3 million people, the State of Mississippi averages 32.95 annual crimes reported per 1,000 residents. Of those, 2.7 are violent crimes (well below the 3.9 national median), while the other 30.25 are property crimes (slightly above the 29.1 national median). The city of Jackson, however, has crime rates that are substantially higher than the national medians, and is rated safer than only 2% of U.S. cities. Violent crimes are committed at a staggering 9.25 reports per 1,000 residents, while property crimes are even more prolific at 73.82 per 1,000 residents. With a population of only 175,000 people, these numbers indicate a dire need for crime prevention and law enforcement. Local law enforcement agencies do not have the resources to keep up with such high levels of crime, which creates a need for private investigators who can dedicate their time and money to solving complex and difficult crimes.

The State of Mississippi does not require private investigators to be licensed under any regulatory body, nor does any statute govern their activities explicitly. Because the State does not regulate investigators, it is even more important that you enlist the help of a reputable and established private investigation firm such as ICS to handle your case.

How to become a Private Investigator in Lincoln

  1. Before applying to become a private investigator in Lincoln, you must have at least 3000 hours of related investigation experience such as law enforcement.
  2. Complete the license application through the Nebraska Secretary of State office.
  3. Submit Fingerprints a colored photo and obtain a 10,000 surety bond
  4. Pass the written exam from the Secretary of State with an 80% or higher.

Lincoln Private Investigator Restrictions

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

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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.

Lincoln Infidelity Investigation

Do you believe your spouse is cheating or having an affair? Infidelity can cause a lot of pain in a relationship and feelings of disappointment, anger, uncertainty or betrayal can cloud a persons judgement. If you live in Lincoln and need an infidelity investigation or if you live elsewhere and need an infidelity investigation in Lincoln, Nebraska, ICS can help. We have experienced investigators throughout Nebraska and can create an action plan to give you peace of mind.

Lincoln Eavesdropping Detection Investigation

Eavesdropping detection and bug sweeps are designed to detect any means of eavesdropping or electronic bugs in use at your home, office or vehicle. TSCM services are centrally managed and conducted by professionals at ICS who are highly qualified, certified and accredited. If you have suspicions that someone may be eavesdropping on conversations or stealing intellectual property from your company, you may need to have a TSCM performed at your home or business.

Lincoln Hidden Assets Investigation

Do you need a hidden asset investigation in Lincoln Nebraska? Do you live in Lincoln and need a hidden asset elsewhere? Our experienced Lincoln Private Investigators will help you find hidden assets that your spouse or business partner may be trying to hide from you. Often, someone who has been ordered by the court to pay someone from a lawsuit, child support or divorce will attempt to hide assets in order to pay less money. Get the money that you deserve by finding all the facts with ICS.

Private Investigation Cases Map for near Lincoln, Nebraska

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


Nebraska has three types of Investigator licenses: An Agency license, a Private Detective license, and a Plainclothes Investigator license.

A licence exam is required where the applicant must score an 80% or higher.
Reference Website: http://www.sos.ne.gov/licensing/private_eye/

Contact Information:
Website: http://www.sos.ne.gov/licensing/private_eye/
Email: sos.licensing@nebraska.gov
Secretary of State, P.O. Box 94608, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States, 68509-4608
Phone: (402) 471-2385
Fax: (402) 471-2530

NAPI - Nebraska Association of Private Investigators

Citation Statute:
Neb. Rev. Stat. §§71-3201 through 71-

Website: http://www.sos.state.ne.us/licensing/private_eye/pdf/pi_stat.pdf

Qualifications Requirement:
005.01. Before being approved by the Secretary of State all applicants for a private detective
license or a private detective agency license must meet or exceed the following requirements:
005.01A. Minimum of 3000 hours of verifiable investigative experience, or
005.01B. A minimum of 2500 hours of verifiable investigative experience if the
applicant has completed an associate degree in Criminal Justice, or a closely related field,
from an accredited, regionally recognized, degree-awarding university, college or
community college, or
005.01C. A minimum of 2000 hours of verifiable investigative experience if the
applicant has completed a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, or a closely related field,
from an accredited, regionally recognized, degree-awarding university or college, and
005.01D. A minimum score of 80% on the license exam.

006.01. Before being approved by the Secretary of State all applicants for a plain clothes
investigators license must meet or exceed the following requirements:
006.01A. A minimum score of 80% on the license exam.
006.01B. A statement signed by the agency license holder who the plain clothes
investigator will be employed by ensuring that each investigator has the necessary
knowledge to competently practice in the private investigative business.
006.02. A plain clothes investigator license shall be null and void upon the following
circumstances: expiration of agency, termination of employment
006.03. All plain clothes investigators must be employed by a licensed Nebraska private
detective agency.
006.04. In addition to the requirements set forth in these rules before being approved by the
Secretary of State all applicants for a plain clothes investigators license must meet all the
requirements set forth for licensure under the Private Detective Licensing Act.
Annotation: Neb. Rev. Stat. Sec. 71-3201 and 71-3205

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

Testing: 007. LICENSE EXAM
007.01. The license exam shall consist of questions aimed at determining whether the applicant
has the reasonably necessary knowledge, experience, and competency to engage in and perform
the duties of the secret service or private policing business.
007.01A. Knowledge of the Nebraska Private Detective Act and laws related to or
affecting private detective work, including but not limited to:
007.01A1. Provisions of Neb. Rev. Stat. 71-3201 through 71-3213 the Nebraska
private detective licensing act
007.01A2. Basic requirements to become a license holder
007.01A3. Debt collection restrictions
007.01A4. Surety bond requirements
007.01A5. Minimum number of hours of experience to apply for a detective
007.01A6. Disqualification for application of private detective license
007.01A7. Expiration date of all license holders
007.01A8. Restrictions on duties of plain clothes investigators
007.01A9. Advertising for private detective services
007.01A10. License renewal requirements
007.01A11. Interception of wire of electronic communications (wiretapping)
007.01A12. Trespassing
007.01A13. Carrying a concealed weapon
007.01A14. Provisions of the Nebraska private detective licensing rules and
007.01A15. Intrusion
007.02. The license exam shall be administered at such places and times as the Secretary of
State may determine, but in no event shall the test be held more than 30 days after an applicant's
request to take the test. Any applicant who does not pass the exam must wait at least 21 days
before re-taking the exam. If an applicant does not pass the test after three tries the applicant
shall be considered incompetent to receive a license for private investigative work in the State of
Nebraska, and shall not be eligible to take the test again. A passing exam score shall be valid for
2 years from the date of examination.
Annotation: Neb. Rev. Stat. Sec. 71-3205

The license exam shall consist of questions aimed at determining whether the applicant
has the reasonably necessary knowledge, experience, and competency to engage in and perform the duties of the secret service or private policing business.

Must score 80% or higher.

Fees: Agency License
$100.00 + $38
Private Detective License
$50.00 + $38
Plainclothes Investigator License
$25.00 + $38

Renewal Information: All licenses are required to be renewed by June 30 of each even numbered year.

008.01A. Private Detective …………………………..$50.00.
008.01B. Private Detective Agency ………………...$100.00.
008.01C. Plain Clothes Investigator…………….……$25.00.

Forms: An application for private detective, private detective agency or plain clothes investigator must be requested from the Licensing Division.

(402) 471-2385

Advertising Restrictions: 002. PRIVATE DETECTIVE BUSINESS
002.01. For purposes of the Act advertising or holding oneself out as being engaged in the
private detective business shall mean and include:
002.01A. Placing advertisements offering private detective, secret service or private
policing services.
002.01B. Distributing business cards using stationary or letterhead indicating the
individual or entity offers private detective, secret service or private policing services.
002.01C. Soliciting clients for the purpose of performing private detective, secret
service, or private policing services.
002.02. Advertising in state and local publication must be the same as identified on the
application form.
002.02A. Private detective agency advertising must have a private detective agency
002.02B. Private detective advertising must be advertising as an individual performing
private detective work.
002.02C. Plain clothes investigators may only advertise as employees of a private
detective agency that they are employed.
Annotation: Neb. Rev. Stat. Sec. 71-3201 and 71-3202

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