In Florida, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulates private investigators and private investigative agencies. Florida regulates the private investigative profession to ensure the public’s interests are protected. Hiring a licensed private investigator helps ensure you are engaging a business that has passed all the licensing requirements in Florida.
Things you should know before you sign a contract with an agency in Florida:
- Check with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to see if there have been any sustained complaints or disciplinary action taken against the agency or its investigators.
- Always ask to see the investigative agency’s license.
- When you meet with the investigator, you should always ask to see their license.
- You should ask to see any professional certifications the private investigator says they have.
- Read the service agreement before you sign it. If something is unclear or you have any uncertainties, ask the representative for clarification.
- Make sure you understand the financial arrangements of the service agreement (retainer, hourly fee, expedite fee, refund policy, or any other itemized fee schedule)
- Make certain you understand what you are entitled to when the case is complete, such as case report, documents, photographs, and videos.