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Do Private Investigators Have to Be Licensed?

by | Jan 20, 2017 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whenever you’re hiring someone to help you—no matter the type of service—you want to make sure that they are qualified for the task. This is especially true when you’re working with a private investigator. Since private investigators typically work on cases involving sensitive subjects like divorcechild custody, and alimony, you’ll want to make sure you’re dealing with the most professional individuals possible. But how can you tell who is qualified to perform investigation services and who isn’t?

In order to create and maintain standards for private investigators, many states require them to be licensed. In South Carolina, private investigators are licensed through the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). This gives the public the peace of mind of knowing that the people they’re hiring are legitimate and ethical. In South Carolina, private investigators must complete a notarized application, submit fingerprints, and post a $10,000 bond with SLED. They must also submit a sample contract and proof of their experience in a private investigation company, as an investigator for a law firm or other agency, or as a law enforcement officer.

You may be interested to know that six states don’t have any statewide licensing requirements for private investigators. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, and South Dakota.

If you’re looking for a private investigator in South Carolina, call Whitesell Investigative Services. We have the qualifications and the experience to get the job done. Plus, we’re fully licensed. Our answering service is available 24/7, so don’t wait to call.

Whitesell Investigative Services is a professional private investigation service in Rock Hill, SC. Contact us for all types of investigations, including infidelity, divorce, child custody, background checks, or if you need a process server.

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