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Discover more about private investigators capability, employment and regulations in Northern Virginia.

ICS offers a full range of private investigation services throughout the state and our investigations are always performed by licensed Northern Virginia private investigators. All ICS investigators are committed to providing affordable, reliable and confidential services. ICS agents are held to the highest levels of professionalism and you can expect their findings reported in an accurate and timely fashion. Contact us today to begin your case. ICS is a full service private detective agency.

Northern Virginia Private Investigator

At some point almost everyone will find themselves in a situation where they need information that they are unable to obtain on their own. If you are in a similar situation, you may decide to hire a private investigator. ICS knows that turning to a PI for the first time can be a new and slightly intimidating experience, which is why we always provide a free consultation for our customers. If you live or work in Northern Virginia and need a private investigation, you can feel confident choosing ICS, knowing that every private investigator employed by ICS is licensed and professional. ICS serves Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Tidewater, Suffolk, and more. Contact ICS to begin your free consultation by completing the online consultation form.

Each state imposes laws and regulations on private investigators declaring what standards must be met and who can become a private investigator. In Virginia, it is illegal to operate as a private investigator without the proper state issued private investigator’s license from the Licensing Department. These laws are meant to protect clients who turn to private investigators in their time of need, to ensure that clients are never taken advantage of, and to also protect those who become the subject of a private investigation. When you contact ICS and speak with a Northern Virginia private investigator you will be dealing with licensed professionals who have met or exceeded all of Virginia’s laws and regulations. After Virginia private investigators have received their license, they must continue to renew their license every 24 months by completing all required continuing education modules and applying for renewal with the Licensing Department to ensure that all Virginia private investigators are keeping up to date on the essential elements of their trade.

Even though Virginia law already holds Northern Virginia private investigators to a high level of standards, ICS private investigators are held to even higher standards. ICS strives to uphold the reputation for excellence associated with the ICS brand by conducting timely, accurate, and affordable investigations, maintaining confidentiality at all times, and providing thorough and detailed reports. Our clients feel confident choosing ICS to be their local Northern Virginia private investigation agency because they know ICS only hires the most qualified, experienced, and ethical Northern Virginia licensed private investigators. If you live or work in Northern Virginia and need a private investigation conducted within Northern Virginia or elsewhere in the state or country, ICS can help. ICS has unique and unfettered access to ICS’s global network of private investigator tools, resources, and references, giving a local Virginia company national experience and expertise.

Northern Virginia Private Detective

Northern Virginia Private Investigator

Every city and region has its own unique characteristics that can alter or affect how a private investigation should be conducted. Northern Virginia is made up of several counties and independent cities in the northern portion of the state, and contains the two highest income counties in the nation. Northern Virginia is home to the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency, in addition to several major historic colonial and civil war sites. With over 2.6 million people as of the 2010 census, Northern Virginia is the largest and most affluent region of the state. The constant mixture of history, present, and future that occurs in Northern Virginia makes this region unlike any other in the country, and these local quirks can influence private investigations. If you live in Northern Virginia, you need a private investigator who understands how your town works so call ICS today to speak to a local private investigator and begin your free consultation.

ICS accepts most case types and services all areas of Virginia in addition to Northern Virginia. Common case types accepted and solved by ICS include adultery, child custody and support cases, and missing person investigations. If you want to catch a cheating partner, or if you are seeing the common signs of cheating in your spouse or partner, call ICS to open an Adultery, Infidelity, or Cheating Partner investigation. Many people struggle to prove their case to a judge when they are fighting for child custody, visitation rights, or child support payments. By starting a Child Custody, Visitation and Support investigation, ICS can help you get the documentation you need before your hearing. Are you having problems with a deadbeat dad or deadbeat mom who is not paying their child support in full or on time? ICS can track down the other parent and collect the evidence you need in order to prove to a judge that the other parent is not paying their fair share of child support. Call ICS when you need a professional private investigator to locate a missing or lost person. Local and state police cannot help find people when a crime has not been committed, especially in cases of lost birth parents, old friends and lovers, or distant relatives. Instead, call ICS for a Locate Lost People investigation to find who you are looking for. ICS always offers a free consultation, so contact us today to find out how we can help with your case.

ICS also provides a wide variety of surveillance and counterintelligence services, employing state of the art equipment and techniques to keep you safe and free from unwelcome eavesdropping. Another service ICS can perform is computer and cellular forensics to retrieve data or to confirm and remove spyware or other malicious software. Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) can be taken by ICS to ensure that the technology you depend on every day is not leaking information about you, your business, or your personal life. TSCM involves sweeping for and removing bugs, and other forms of electronic surveillance. ICS also performs pre-employment screening, which help eliminate the constant worry about the criminal or legal history of potential employees that most employers feel during the interview and hiring process.

ICS accepts these case types and more. If you did not see your case type listed above, do not worry, these are just a few of the cases we take. Call ICS today to begin your free consultation, or submit the free consultation form online, and tell us more about your case. Private investigators from ICS are available 24 hours a day, and no case is too large or too small, so please feel comfortable contacting us today.

Northern Virginia Background Check

Private Investigation Cases Map for near Northern Virginia, Virginia

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.


  • ICS of Virginia Nelson Mateo elected VP of VAPISA

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


  • ICS of Virginia Maintains PIAVA and PISA Membership

    ICS of Virginia Maintains PIAVA and PISA Memberships


  • 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

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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

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.


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