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Burlington Vermont Private Investigators and Detectives

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

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Local Burlington Private Investigation Services

ICS provides a full range of investigations services for the City of Burlington 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 Burlington must be fully licensed in order to conduct any investigations in Vermont. As a requirement, all investigators looking to become a Private Investigator in VT must have a minimum of 2 years of experience working in Investigation Services and pass the State issued Vermont Private Investigators Licensing exam.

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

Burlington Private Investigator

The State of Vermont has one of the smallest populations in the United States, with fewer than 700,000 people, and its crime rates are accordingly low.  Only 15,311 index crimes were reported in 2011, which include violent and property crimes.  Of those, 1.35 violent crimes were reported per 1,000 residents (compared to 3.9 nationally), and 23.09 property crimes (compared to 29.1 nationally).  In the city of Burlington, the rates are somewhat higher, despite a population of only 42,000.  It is still rated safer than 20% of U.S. cities, but with 3.59 violent crimes reported per 1,000 residents, and 31.40 property crimes, the rates are higher than the national medians.  As a result, the need for a private investigator is even greater, as local law enforcement may lack the resources to investigate every crime to its fullest potential.  The private investigators licensed by ICS are guaranteed to have the skills, experience, and professionalism to properly see your case fully investigated.

How to become a Private Investigator in Burlington

  1. Submit 2 copies of your fingerprints to Private Investigative and Security Services.
  2. Obtain 3 years or 4000 hours of related experience
  3. Take and pass the private investigator state exam.

Burlington Private Investigator Restrictions

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

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Burlington 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 Burlington 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.

Burlington Background Investigation

Are you in Burlington and need a background investigation? Are you in Burlington but need a a background investigation elsewhere? ICS offers background investigation services throughout the world and has the knowledge and resources to perform a full background investigation and get you the information you are looking for. Call ICS today and speak with one of our background private investigators and let us help you come up with an action plan that will get you results.

Burlington Divorce Investigation

Are you getting a divorce in Burlington and need an investigation performed on your soon to be ex spouse? Often times divorce is messy. It can be even more difficult if children are involved and your child's custody is being determined. Conducting a divorce investigation is the best way to protect you and what you deserve to receive out of the divorce. ICS has been helping clients with Divorce Investigations in Burlington since 1967 and have experienced investigators standing by to speak with you about your case. Call us today and find out how an ICS private investigator can help you with your case.

Burlington Child Custody Investigation

We all want whats best for our children. In many cases, one parent will try to get full custody of the child because they don't believe the other parent is suitable to raise the child. In other cases you may be the parent who does not have child custody and is attempting to gain custody. Either way, if you are in Burlington and need a Child Custody Investigation conducted ICS can help. We can help you find evidence that is admissible in court that will help you gain the leverage you need to win your case.

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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns


Vermont has two types of licenses, an Agency License and a Private Detective License.
Reference Website: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/list-of-professions/private-investigative-security-services.aspx

Contact Information:
Website: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/list-of-professions/private-investigative-security-services.aspx
Email: kshangraw@sec.state.vt.us
89 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Montpelier, Vermont, United States, 05620-3402
Phone: 802-828-1134

Vermont Association of Licensed Detectives

Citation Statute:
Title 26, Chapter 59, Sub Chapter 3, § 3171.

Website: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/fullchapter/26/059

Qualifications Requirement:
Quoted from The Vermont Statutes Online
Title 26 : Professions And Occupations
Chapter 059 : Private Investigative And Security Services
Subchapter 003 : Licensing

"§ 3173. Private investigator licenses

(a) The Board shall issue a license to a private investigator after obtaining and approving all of the following:

(1) an application filed in proper form;

(2) the application fee;

(3) evidence that the applicant has attained the age of majority; and

(4) evidence that the applicant has successfully passed the examination required by section 3175 of this title.

(b) The Board may inquire of the Vermont Crime Information Center for any information on criminal records of the applicant, and the Center shall provide such information to the Board. The Board, through the Vermont Crime Information Center, may also inquire of the appropriate state criminal record repositories in all states in which it has reason to believe an applicant has resided or been employed, and it may also inquire of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for any information on criminal records of the applicant. The applicant shall bear the costs associated with fingerprinting. The Board may also make additional inquiries it deems necessary into the character, integrity, and reputation of the applicant.

(c) The Board shall require that the person has had appropriate experience in investigative work, for a period of not less than two years, as determined by the Board. Such experience may include, having been regularly employed as a private detective licensed in another state or as an investigator for a private detective licensed in this or another state, or has been a sworn member of a federal, state, or municipal law enforcement agency.

(d) An application for a license may be denied upon failure of the applicant to provide information required, upon a finding that the applicant does not meet a high standard as to character, integrity, and reputation, or for unprofessional conduct defined in section 3181 of this title. (Added 1981, No. 98, § 1; amended 1989, No. 250 (Adj. Sess.), § 67; 1995, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 1999, No. 133 (Adj. Sess.), § 26; 2009, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 28; 2013, No. 119 (Adj. Sess.), § 16.)"

Reciprocity: The state of Vermont does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states.

Testing: Quoted from The Vermont Statutes Online
Title 26 : Professions And Occupations
Chapter 059 : Private Investigative And Security Services
Subchapter 003 : Licensing

"§ 3175. Examinations

The board shall prepare, or have prepared, and administer, separate examinations for private investigators and private security services. Each examination shall be designed to test the competency of the applicant with respect to the lawful and safe provision of each respective service to the public. (Added 1981, No. 98, § 1; amended 2009, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 30.)"

Fees: Detective agency: $340
Individual: $150 for unarmed, $200 for armed.

Employee registration:Unarmed registrants $ 60.00
Armed registrants $120.00

Renewal Information: Biennial renewal
Detective agency
Unarmed registrants (agency employees)
$ 80.00
Armed registrants (agency employees)
If an individual fails to renew in a timely manner, he or she may renew the license within 90 days of the renewal date by satisfying all the requirements for renewal and payment of an additional late renewal penalty.


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

State Licensing Authority: Vermont Secretary of State
Website: https://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/investigators/

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