frequently asked questions


At Shore Investigations, we will give you our best estimate commensurate with the job requested. Please remember that the fees on this page are approximate and subject to change. Keep in mind that additional costs may be incurred for travel, expenses, and court testimony.

Private process service within Kent County: $100

Basic computer searches: person location, criminal background checks, DMV records, judgments and liens, pre-employment and tenant screenings, etc.: $125-$250

Basic field investigations and light surveillance - misdemeanor offenses, witness location and interviews (3 people or less): $500-$1000

In-depth fieldwork and surveillance - felony offenses, locating and interviewing victims and witnesses (up to 5 people): $1,000-$2,500 

Major covert surveillance and large criminal probes - violent criminal offenses, including but not limited to rape, robbery, and murder; surveillance including but not limited to adultery, family, and domestic matters: $2,500-$5,000 

Capital murder cases:. $10,000-$25,000

Corporate and retail investigations: rates range from $250 to $1,000 per interview, based on the number of employees interviewed 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do Private Investigators need to be licensed?

A. Yes. State laws require that private investigators meet certain criteria. Among them: the investigator must have no criminal history, extensive investigatory experience, liability insurance, and be bonded.

Q. Where can I find the licensing requirements regulating Private Investigators in Delaware?

A. The statute governing private investigators can be found here.

Q. Who hires a private investigator?

A. The short answer is: anyone. One may suddenly find themselves the victim of a crime, involved in a family dispute, divorce, an accident or injury, or may simply need answers to questions.

Q. What types of cases do private investigators work on?

A. Different agencies may specialize in different case types. Shore Investigations conducts all types of investigations, but we do tend to specialize in civil, criminal, and corporate matters. Civil cases may range from a simple personal injury suit to wrongful death. Criminal cases typically involve working with a defendant’s attorney. Corporate investigations usually involve businesses hiring us to explore matters of employee integrity, on-site injuries, and allegations of workplace discrimination and or harassment.

Q. Do private investigators have police powers?

A. No. In fact, Delaware state law prohibits currently serving police officers from becoming a licensed private investigator.

Q. Do private investigators have access to government records?

A. That depends on the type of records being requested. We do utilize some search engines that are not accessible to the general public.

Q. What type of equipment do private investigators use?

A. Some cases employ highly technical equipment such as a polygraph examination machine, digital video, audio, or photography devices, GPS tracking units, and other electronic equipment. At Shore, we pair those techniques with the best old-fashioned methods: common sense and deductive reasoning. A typical investigation involves just as much on-the-ground work. Whichever investigator you choose, make sure he or she is courteous and professional. A good investigator must converse easily with people, be honest, trustworthy, and sincere. Remember, it is the job of the investigator to remain unbiased and conduct an independent investigation. We simply gather the facts, and then relay them to our client.