Private Investigators in California
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We are in the serious business of assisting local businesses, law firms, and private individuals in California State, make the right choice when hiring a California private investigator. When looking to hire a private investigation firm or detective agency in California for a business or personal matter, we can guide you through the process.
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Find Local California Investigation Companies
We have some of the best California private investigator firms listed in our directory, offering a range of private investigator services covering: Fraud, Theft, Matrimonial, Divorce, Infidelity, Cheating Partners, Child Custody, Missing Persons, Accident Investigations, Background Checks, Asset / Property Searches, Corporate Investigations, Witness Interviews, Process Serving, Surveillance and more...
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Irvine, California CA
I'm Rick Hudson, a licensed and fully insured private investigation firm. You can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call us for a free quote and case review.
Capitola, California CA
My name is Christopher Miller, we offer a wide range of investigative services and have made a name for ourselves as the standard for thorough and outstanding investigative results.
Los Angeles, California CA
We are a full service private investigation company with twenty seven years experience. Our integrity is proven by our performance and by our numerous testimonials.
Information Guide on California Private Investigators
- Q&As for hiring a private investigator in California
- Private investigation services in California
- Attorneys or law firm looking for a California legal investigator
- Insurance company searching for a California insurance investigator
- Corporate business or company needing a California corporate investigator
- How to become a private investigator in California
Questions and Answers on California PIs
Q. How much does a private investigator cost in California?
A. We checked 7 investigation companies across California and worked out that the average price per hour for a Californian private investigator is $85.00 per hour. Some agencies will charge more and some less; so to get a more accurate price of what you can expect to pay for an investigator's services in California you will need to contact one directly. We recommend contacting one of our listed private investigation agencies in California first. Find out more about private investigator costs.
Q. Does a California private detective need a license?
A. Yes they do. For someone to work as a private investigator or detective in California, or to provide investigative services in the State, they must have a valid investigator license to do so. Licensing is managed by the Californian Government Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. It is wise to check that the private investigator you plan on hiring does have the required State license before you engage in their services.
Q. Can I get a California background check from a private investigator?
A. Yes. A PI is permitted to run background checks on people in California. Using a local Californian private investigator to perform background checks for you in the State is much better than an outside State investigator, as they will better understand the State legal procedures of obtaining criminal, employee, or financial records. Contact one of our listed California private detectives near you for background checking services. Find out more about private investigator background checks.
Q. Can a private investigator find someone in California for me?
A. Yes. If you are looking for a missing person in California; maybe an adult, child, someone who owes you money, a California investigator can help you. Locating people is one of the main services a private detective undertakes from clients who are desperate to find loved ones or debtors owing money. California investigation agencies spend a lot of their time tracking and locating missing people in the State for many reasons, and they do exceptional work in repatriating lost relatives. If you need to find someone in California then hire one of our listed Californian private investigators to help you. Find out more about hiring a private investigator to find someone.
Q. I have a child custody case in California. Can a private investigator help?
A. Yes. Hiring a private investigator for a child custody case can improve your legal position with the Family Courts. Generally, though, your family law attorney or lawyer will instruct an investigator in such matters, but using a California private investigator that knows the State's child custody laws can be very advantageous. Start by enquiring with one of our listed licensed California investigators about your case.
Q. I suspect my partner is cheating. Should I hire a local California investigator?
A. Yes. Suspicion of cheating in a relationship is worse than not knowing and hiring a detective agency in California, if you live in the State, will help to uncover whether or not your partner is being unfaithful. You are not alone in this type of situation as investigators will often be used to follow suspected cheaters around the State. Contact one of our discreet private investigators in California to find out what to do. Find out more about hiring a private investigator to catch a cheating spouse.
Q. Where can I find a local private investigator near me in California?
A. The majority of private detective agencies you will find located in the major towns and cities of California such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield and Anaheim. You can find your local investigation company in these areas. However, the best place to find a private investigator in California is here.
Q. How do I hire a private investigator in California?
A. If you know you want to hire a California private detective for your situation then that is the first step. The next step is to find an investigation company that fits your needs and wants. Check our hiring tips and advice page which can help you. One of the essential points though is to make sure any private investigator you meet with is licensed to work. Get in touch with one of our licensed California detectives to help you get started. Find out more about how to hire a private investigator.
Q. Where can I find more information on hiring private detectives in CA?
A. We have an extensive resource of in-depth articles that answer questions and concerns about using investigation agencies for various reasons. These will hopefully answer any further questions you have, or if not, you can contact one of our listed California investigation companies above. Find out more about hiring a private investigator.
Private Investigation Services in California
The following is a list of some of the types of investigative services available.
■ Personal Investigations
■ Corporate Investigations
■ Legal Investigation Services
■ Insurance Fraud Investigations
■ Forensic Investigations
■ Bug Sweeping and Detection
■ Background Checks
■ Missing Persons / Skip Tracing
■ Relationship Investigations
■ Asset Search Investigations
■ Criminal Investigations
■ Accident Investigations
■ Online Investigations
■ Covert Surveillance
■ Child Custody
■ GPS Tracking
■ Process Serving
■ Spousal Infidelity
■ Computer Forensics / Monitoring
■ Retail / Loss Prevention
■ Criminal Defense
■ Debtor Locates
■ Theft / Fraud Investigations
■ Public Records and Research
■ Witness Statements
■ Personal Injury Claims
■ Hidden Spy Equipment
There are many investigative services available in California that covers pretty much any situation you can think of. If you suspect cheating, worried about your nanny, being bullied in the workplace, involved in abuse, criminal activities; you name it, a private investigator can help you face any difficulty you have. Contact one of our listed California investigators to enquire about their local services, or find out more about private investigator services here.
California Private Investigator for Attorneys and Law Firms
If you are a lawyer, attorney, or law firm looking for a California legal investigator we can help you. Using a licensed private investigator for all of your legal investigations such as for trial case preparations can be very beneficial. Under your legal guidance and instruction, a California legal investigator can help you find and collate information and evidence that will benefit the legal theories of your case. As well as having an understanding of Californian legal procedures; a private investigator is able to conduct State background checks, witness locating and interviewing, surveillance, as well as other legal investigative work in line with State laws. Contact one of our California private investigation companies to assist you.
California Private Investigator for Insurance Companies
If you represent an insurance company looking for a California insurance claims investigator our listed private investigators have experience in conducting insurance investigations in California. They can help you gather any evidence necessary to prove or disprove a claim, pursue monetary damages from false claims, as well as assist with civil or criminal court convictions for fraudsters. A California insurance fraud investigator can assist in detecting and uncovering exaggerated illness and injury by claimants, claims from fake automobile-accidents and property break-ins, etc. Contact one of our private investigation firms in California for insurance claims investigations.
California Private Investigator for Corporate Businesses
As a business, company owner, or business executive you may be looking for a corporate investigator in California to assist with an investigation inside your business. A corporate private investigator can be a valuable aid to your business or organization by unearthing workplace problems such as dishonest workers stealing, security breaches, irregularities in financial records due to accountancy fraud, leaked company secrets and more. A California private investigator working in your company, maybe as an undercover employee, can discover severe crimes that have gone unnoticed in your business. Contact one of our licensed corporate private investigators in California to see how they can help.
How to Become a Private Investigator in California
If you have the interest of becoming a private investigator in California State then this section is for you. We have added this resource on private investigation careers in California as we have had a number of public enquiries on the subject. So to help any new person wanting to develop and move into the field of private investigations we have listed some important information here along with links to relevant resources for becoming a California investigator. You can also read our in-depth guide on how to become a private detective that covers a whole lot more you will find useful.
What are the California private investigator license requirements?
California State requires all private investigators to be licensed and is managed by the Californian Government Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. The California PI licensing requirements for a candidate states a minimum age of 18, undergo a criminal history background check through the DOJ Department of Justice and FBI, have at least 3 years of investigative experience and pass an examination. For more information or to apply for a PI license in California visit the Bureau's website.
What is a private investigator's salary in California?
To find out how much a private investigator earns in California you can check the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The BLS gives an average hourly and yearly wage of private detectives and investigators in the State. This can give you some idea of what you can earn if you take up a private investigator career in California, but it is an indication only.
Where can I find a private investigator job in California?
If you are a licensed California private investigator looking for a job in the State then search our private detective jobs for recently posted investigation jobs. We have linked up with Indeed to bring you the latest and best well paid jobs and positions available in California.