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Columbia South Carolina Private Investigators and Detectives

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

Local Columbia, SC Private Investigation Services

ICS provides a full range of investigations services for the City of Columbia 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 Columbia must 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 laws.

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

Columbia, SC Private Investigator

The State of South Carolina boasts a population of nearly 4.7 million people, and crime rates are a bit higher than the national averages there. Over 209,000 index crimes were reported in 2011, averaging 44.76 per 1,000 residents, compared to 33.0 nationally.  Of those crimes, 5.72 were violent and 39.04 were property crimes reported annually per 1,000 residents. In Columbia, with a population of 130,000, the crime index rates as safer than 8% of cities in the United States.  Violent crimes account for 6.95 reported offenses per 1,000 residents, and property crimes make up 45.53.  With higher than average crime rates, it is clear that the local law enforcement agencies have their hands full with their daily case load.  If you want to ensure that the necessary time and resources are being dedicated to your case, then it would be in your best interest to enlist the help of a private investigator licensed by ICS.

How to become a Private Investigator in Columbia, SC

  1. Must be a high school graduate.
  2. Submit to a background check and fingerprints to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division licenses
  3. Submit your application with appropriate fees
  4. Obtain a surety bond of $10,000

Columbia, SC Private Investigator Restrictions

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

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Columbia 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 Columbia 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.

Columbia Background Investigation

Are you in Columbia, SC and need a background investigation? Are you in Columbia but need a background investigation conducted elsewhere? Sometimes a background investigation is all a client needs, where other circumstances require a background investigation as an initial step to a more in depth investigation. If you need a background investigation call ICS and speak with one of our private investigators. Our investigators will speak with you over a free consultation and help determine the best course of action in helping you with your case.

Columbia Adultery or Infidelity Investigation

Are you in Columbia and believe your spouse is cheating on you? There are many reasons why you may have determined that your spouse may be cheating on you but before making an irrational decision you should know the truth. ICS has experienced infidelity private investigators that can help you come up with an action plan to finding you the truth about your spouse. Don't let feelings of doubt, confusion, anger and suspicion distract you from the facts. Call ICS for a free consultation and start an infidelity investigation today.

Columbia Birth Parent Locate Investigation

When you are adopted you are left with many questions about your biological parents such as who they are, where are they now and why did they give you up? ICS understands that attempting to find a birth parent is a difficult and emotional process but we can take out the leg work for you. ICS has private investigators throughout Columbia, SC and the world and can help create an action plan that will help you find your birth parent. ICS has been helping our clients find their birth parents since 1967.

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Local Associations and Important Resources for Columbia

Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

South Carolina

South Carolina does not provide much information on their website, it is difficult to navigate.
Reference Website:

Contact Information:
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division C/o Regulatory Department, P.O. Box 21398, Columbia, South Carolina, United States, 29221
Phone: (803) 896-7014

South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators

Citation Statute:
48-18-20 through 48-18-150


Qualifications Requirement:
Private detective applicants must undergo a rigorous background investigation.

Private Investigation license holder qualifications. Need 3 years experience:

As a private investigator with a licensed private investigative agency.

As an investigator of a law firm, government agency, private corporation, nonprofit organization, or in a capacity that SLED determines has provided the requisite investigative experience.

Reciprocity: South Carolina has reciprocity agreements with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee.

Fees: $350.00

Renewal Information: $350.00 annually


South Carolina State requires Columbia licensing for Private Investigators, Security Guards and Agencies. 

State Licensing Authority: State Private Investigator Association
Phone: (843) 971-0088

Licensed investigators have reciprocity and can conduct investigations in North Carolina.

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