Columbia, SC5 private investigator classes near you

Where do you need the private investigator class?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

Columbia Private Investigator Classes

Browse these private investigator classes with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Columbia.

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Roberty S.
Verified review

As a former Federal Agent with Army Criminal Investigation Division/Command (CID) I've had the opportunity to know INV Harris for many years, and had the opportunity to work with him. INV Harris is one the most competent investigators I know and worked with. He is very detailed oriented, and has a logical and analytical approach to each investigation. With those traits, and the drive he possesses, I highly recommend INV Harris for any of your investigative needs. Robert Sirmons Jr. Private Investigator Army CID (Ret)

  • 4 years in business
Jeff W.
Verified review

Very Professional, he went above and beyond. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a Private Investigator that will get the job done.

TPT Investigations, LLC

New To Thumbtack


    TPT Investigations, LLC offers a wide range of investigations stemming from background, surveillance, child custody, expert witness, skip tracing, recorded statements to include examination under oath, criminal and civil investigations, asset investigations, and locate.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    We offer the following services: * Private Investigations * Covert Surveillance * Investigations For Attorneys, Insurance Companies, Cheating Spouses, Workman's Compensation and Missing Persons We are licensed by the South Carolina law enforcement division and are professional detectives with many references available.

    VIP Service

    New To Thumbtack


      I can fly to you in a location of 200 miles from Columbia, SC. I can do a small investigation to locate a person.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      What does a private investigator do?

      First and foremost, good private investigators follow laws. Unlike on TV, they don’t break in windows or hack into hospital computer systems to get you intel. When you hire a private investigator, you’re hiring a professional to gather facts and find information for you. Although they can’t obtain certain information (such as health records), they do have access to information that most civilians do not. Often private investigators are hired to perform surveillance or background checks or investigate cases such as adultery, child custody, missing persons, hidden assets, or debugging, and theft or other crimes.

      Private investigators can be hired to interview people and provide that information to the client, perform photo or video surveillance, monitor activity at a location where you suspect criminal activities or questionable behavior, track a person’s movements, find missing people, do deep-dive background checks, and more. Private investigation can be helpful if you’re trying to get a court order but need evidence. Private investigators can also help find birth parents. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210 per hour.

      What does a private investigator cost?

      Private investigation isn’t just for blockbuster action movies. Hiring a private investigator can help in all kinds of situations ranging from finding a birth parent to improving personal security. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210, although pricing often hovers between $40 and $100 depending on the complexity of the services you need. Where you live in the country will affect your costs for private investigation; larger cities have higher business overhead and a higher cost of living, which in turn means higher service rates. The complexity of your case can also affect cost. A basic background check may have a flat rate, while hiring a private investigator to help with your child custody case may require more legwork and research, and therefore cost more. Some private investigators work on retainer. A retainer is essentially a nonrefundable deposit you pay to the professional — meaning you have retained their services — who then works against that amount. Here are some examples of average private investigation costs:

      • Hourly rate: $60-$70; costs can vary based on current fuel prices.
      • Flat rate: $100 for comprehensive background investigation services.
      • Retainer: $1,500 minimum retainer required by some pros before starting work.
      Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.