PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR COSTS - RATES
Private investigation costs and fees depends on the assignment. The cost also depends on the amount of hours worked, the times of day worked, the complexity of the investigation and time constraints such as rush cases.
Locate People **
$140 flat fee with legitimate purpose * (First 2 hrs including data fees), then $70 per hour + accrued expenses. Difficult locates welcome.
$180.00 flat fee with permission * (First 2 hrs including data fees), then $70 per hour + accrued expenses. Difficult locates welcome.
Private and Background Investigation *
$70 to $85 per hr. **
Surveillance & Undercover Investigation
$70 to $85 per hr. (3 to 4 hrs. minimum) **
$65.00 to $80.00 (10+ hrs.) **
Full Background Checks *
$225 minimum (First 3 hrs. including data fees), then $75 per hr. + accrued expenses)
Business Background Checks Varies (Call)
Travel Rates Varies (Call)
Mileage $ .56 per mile (out-of-area mileage varies)
Data fees, records, other case expenses Varies
* We won't locate a person unless there is a legitimate purpose or we will contact the person and get their permission to give their contact information.
Also, we redact certain personal information in background checks and private investigations (this information may be provided in certain cases). See our People Search page.
** Hourly rates are variable depend the case, like nights, weekends, holidays, rush cases, custom background checks and complex investigations, etc.
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Will you maintain my confidentiality?
Yes. We protect your confidentiality with a vengeance and also are bound by law to maintain it, unless you us give permission to do otherwise, or the law requires otherwise, as in subpoenaed information (which may be protected through attorney-investigator direction).
Do you have a brick and mortar offices?
Yes. We maintain a Portland Oregon office and a Vancouver Washington office, however we must have a free phone consultation first. Appointments are required.
Using Mail Annex, Regus, mail box rental and other virtual office addresses may be a red flag for clients.
Do you carry professional liability insurance?
We carry $3,000,000/$5,000,000 in liability and errors and omissions insurance, but have never needed to defend ourselves legally in 35 years. We also carry subcontractor liability and commercial and non-owned auto coverage.
Oregon and Washington laws only require a $5000 and $10,000 surety bond for private investigators respectively. It is a RED FLAG if a private investigation agency don't have liability and errors and omissions insurance for it and their investigators. It is your liability too.
Do you use subcontractors?
We use our own expert licensed private investigators. We will sometimes use our own professional screened insured subcontractors in appropriate circumstances.
Using subcontractor investigators is a RED FLAG for clients (like national private investigators and/or local private investigators). Don't assume that a firm that their "team" or "associates" are employees. Again, it is your liability too.
When I assign an investigation, what am I charged for?
Like all professionals, our private investigator rates include our time, such as travel, research, investigation, and oral and/or written reporting time. Also, some investigative products are billed under a flat private investigator rate.
What are your private investigator rates and how much retainer do you need?
Our private investigator rates vary according to the investigation, with length, scope and time constraints all a factor. A retainer for services is required in advance.
How do I pay you and do you accept credit cards?
Yes. In most instances, we do not take credit card payments by telephone, however we offer Paypal payment by Visa, Mastercharge, American Express and Discover cards. We also accept payment by wire and courier delivery and standard mail.
What if I don't need a written contract?
All investigation work must to be authorized in writing before we will start an assignment, even if you've sent us a retainer, except for established business clients with whom we have an ongoing relationship.
Can I opt out of a formal written report?
Yes. Clients can opt out of a formal written report, however we still maintain detailed notes in those cases, and report by telephone and/or email. Clients are, of course, entitled to an oral or written report by law if the services and report are prepaid for.
How do I know if what I want you to do is legal?
It is our job to know what is legal or not in private sector investigation. Also, while we keep up on changing laws and ethics concerns, we defer to appropriate legal experts in "gray" areas.
Do you guarantee results?
No. Given unknown variables inherent to investigation, no private investigator can guarantee results. With accurate information supplied by you, and for cases worked at our recommendations, we guarantee the most advanced methods and the best results.