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You can be confident that you have chosen a competent and legitimate private investigation agency with experience, reliability and capability throughout the State of Virginia. This office serves it’s client’s statewide and through other offices that operate at the same level with the same ethos and mission statement. There is no comparable talent solution in the world. ICS is committed to providing affordable, reliable service in your area and report their results in a timely, accountable manner according to the ICS mission statement.


Local Virginia Private Investigator

Private Investigators in Virginia 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.

Virginia Private Investigator

A private investigator in Virginia must apply to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and pass licensing requirements, including a thorough background check. While many Virginia private investigators come from a law enforcement or military background, it is not a requirement for employment as a private investigator. Often times a degree in Criminal Justice or other security and investigation work can be just as important to prospective employers.

In the State of Virginia, it is against the law to provide the services of a private investigator without a Virginia Private Investigator License. You can rest assured that any Virginia private investigators that are assigned to your case are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Virginia State Laws and participates in the required continuing education.

Private Investigator in Virginia

ICS contracts to provide a full range of investigative services for the State of Virginia, and works agents as needed in relevant metropolitan and rural regions. 


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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

  • ICS of Virginia Now on Google Plus

    ICS of Virginia has recently created a Google Plus account and can now be found in Google Locally via Google Maps, Google Local and Google Pages.

    04/03/2014

  • ICS of Virginia Nelson Mateo elected VP of VAPISA

    Nelson Mateo was elected as the Second Vice President of the board.

    09/09/2012

  • ICS of Virginia Maintains PIAVA and PISA Membership

    ICS of Virginia Maintains PIAVA and PISA Memberships

    03/27/2012

  • 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.
    12/07/2015

  • 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



Local Associations and Important Resources for Virginia

Private Investigators Association of Virginia

Website: https://www.piava.org/

Professional Investigators & Security Association

Website: https://www.pisa.gen.va.us/

The State of Virginia Official Website

Website: https://www.virginia.gov/

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

Website: https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/

Virginia General Assembly

Website: https://legis.state.va.us/

About Virginia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia


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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Virginia Private Investigator License

Virginia requires only sixty hours of training in order to become licensed.
Reference Website: https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/pss/howto/registrations/privateInvestigator.cfm

Contact Information:
Website: https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/
Email: VBIC@dba.virginia.gov
Department of Criminal Justice Services, 1100 Bank St., Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23219
Phone: (804) 786-4700

Associations:
Private Investigator Association of Virginia
Virgina - Professional Investigators and Security Association

Citation Statute:
Code of Virginia
Title 9.1 Commonwealth Public Safety
Chapters 138-150

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6: Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20: Department of Criminal Justice Services
Chapter 171: Regulations Related to Private Security Services

Website: https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/licensure-and-regulatory-affairs/private-investigator

Qualifications Requirement:
A. Prior to the issuance of a business license, the applicant shall meet or exceed the requirements of licensing and application submittal to the department as set forth in this section.

B. Each person seeking a license as a private security services business shall file a completed application provided by the department including:

1. For each principal and supervisor of the applying business, their fingerprints pursuant to 6VAC20-171-30;

2. Documentation verifying that the applicant has secured a surety bond in the amount of $100,000 executed by a surety company authorized to do business in Virginia, or a certificate of insurance reflecting the department as a certificate holder, showing a policy of comprehensive general liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $100,000 and $300,000 issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in Virginia;

3. For each nonresident applicant for a license, on a form provided by the department, a completed irrevocable consent for the department to serve as service agent for all actions filed in any court in this Commonwealth;

4. For each applicant for a license as a private security services business except sole proprietor or partnership, on a form provided by the department, the identification number issued by the Virginia State Corporation Commission for verification that the entity is authorized to conduct business in the Commonwealth;

5. A physical address in Virginia where records required to be maintained by the Code of Virginia and this chapter are kept and available for inspection by the department. A post office box is not a physical address;

6. On the license application, designation of at least one individual as compliance agent who is not designated as compliance agent for any other licensee, and who is certified or eligible for certification pursuant to 6VAC20-171-70;

7. The applicable, nonrefundable license application fee; and

8. Designation on the license application of the type of private security business license the applicant is seeking. The initial business license fee includes one category. A separate fee will be charged for each additional category. The separate categories are identified as follows: security officers/couriers (armed and unarmed), private investigators, electronic security, armored car, personal protection specialists, and security canine handlers. Alarm respondents crossover into both the security officer and electronic security category; therefore, if an applicant is licensed in either of these categories, he can provide these services without purchasing an additional category.

C. Upon completion of the initial license application requirements, the department may issue an initial license for a period not to exceed 24 months.

D. The department may issue a letter of temporary licensure to businesses seeking licensure under § 9.1-139 of the Code of Virginia for not more than 120 days while awaiting the results of the state and national fingerprint search conducted on the principals and compliance agent of the business, provided the applicant has met the necessary conditions and requirements.

E. A new license is required whenever there is any change in the ownership or type of organization of the licensed entity that results in the creation of a new legal entity.

F. Each license shall be issued to the legal business entity named on the application, whether it be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, and shall be valid only for the legal entity named on the license. No license shall be assigned or otherwise transferred to another legal entity, with the exception of a sole proprietorship or partnership that incorporates to form a new corporate entity where the initial licensee remains as a principal in the newly formed corporation. This exception shall not apply to any existing corporation that purchases the business or assets of an existing sole proprietorship.

G. Each licensee shall comply with all applicable administrative requirements and standards of conduct and shall not engage in any acts prohibited by applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and this chapter.

H. Each licensee shall be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Reciprocity: Virginia has reciprocity agreements with the following states:
Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee

Official reciprocity with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies, Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners, North Carolina Private Protective Services Board, Oklahoma, Tennessee Private Investigator License.

Forms:
https://www.piava.org/becoming-a-pi





Virginia Private Investigator Listing

ACHILLES INTELLIGENCE SERVICES

817 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 101, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Virginia Beach, Virginia 
Phone : 757-353- 8386
Email : achillesintelligenceservices@gmail.com
Office Contact: Patrick Buckley

Beach Security


Virginia Beach, Virginia 
Phone : 757-366-9818 cell (757) 404-1993
Email : jcale@beach-security.com
Office Contact: Jerry Cale

Bob Stoneman

P. O. Box 26645 Richmond, Virginia
Mechanicsville/Richmond/ Hampton, Virginia 23261
Phone : Work: 804-746-1621/ Cell: 804-314-2827
Email : bstoneman@qedinvestigations.com
Office Contact: Bob Stoneman

Buch Investigations

P.O.Box 18192 Richmond, VA 23226
Richmond, Virginia 
Phone : (804) 393-6361; Cell: 757-870-1388
Email : chuck_buch@hotmail.com
Office Contact: Chuck Buch

Commonwealth Contract Security Services Inc

PO Box 744, Colonial Heights VA 23834
Colonial Heights, Virginia 
Phone : 804-298- 4096
Email : jc.privatei@gmail.com
Office Contact: Joseph Costa

Edward J Buxbaum

215 1/2 76th Street Unit A Virginia Beach Virginia 23451
Virginia Beach, Virginia 
Phone : 757 620 4202; 757 422 5318
Email : edbux@cox.net
Office Contact: Edward J Buxbaum

Elite Private Investigations Inc.

203 Sean Paul Court, Newport News, Virginia, 23602
Newport News, Virginia 
Phone : 757-713-3414
Email : toddgonring@gmail.com
Office Contact: Todd Gonring

ICQ Investigation Firm, LLC

5806 Grove Ave. Suite 201, Richmond VA 23226
Richmond, Virginia 
Phone : (804) 368-3308
Email : info@icqinvestigationfirm.com
Office Contact: Tony Evans

John Lopes


Arlington/DC/Baltimore, Virginia 
Phone : 1-877-420-1489
Email : paidtospy@hotmail.com
Office Contact: John Lopes

Leumas Security Services LLC

3526 George Washington Mem. Hwy Suite A4 Yorktown, Va
Yorktown, Virginia 
Phone : 757-597-4314; 757-597-3212;
Email : Leumassecurityservice@gmail.com
Office Contact: Imani Harris-Griffin; Sam Griffin


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