How much will a Private Detective cost?


At UKPI, we are regularly asked by prospective clients ‘How much will a Private Investigator cost?‘ as prices vary depending on the level of service you require.

As each client is different, there is no ‘standard’ price that can be given for a typical investigation, because each individual case by case requirements can be greatly different.

Every investigation can be unique and given that we do provide standard costs for some of our services, such as Tracing a Person which starts at £25.00 for bulk trace instructions, an individual’s needs can be very different. Please ensure you are aware of our fees before instructing us as once instructed a trace cannot be cancelled.

To help and assist with understanding the outline and typical prices you may be expecting to pay, we have listed our services along with their costs below to help provide a general outline and overview to this industry.

The fees of a private investigator can vary considerably and it is important that you chose a company with a proven track record and significant experience – a company like us. UK Private Investigators have been operating since 1997 providing a wide range of private detective services throughout the UK and overseas.

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Pricess & Fees

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Surveilance Rate

Our surveillance rates can vary depending on the individual specific requirements. All rates include photographic footage, reports and video evidence where required and are discussed with you before surveillance begins. Our rates are very competitive. Fees start from £ 29.50 per hour.

From £29.50 per hour

Process Service

£ between £ 75.00 and £ 175.00 – Fixed fee which now includes mileage, travel time, 3 attempts of service, sworn affidavit or statement of service and return delivery within 48 hours as per standard terms and conditions.

From £75.00

Tracing & Process Service

£ Please contact us (depending on circumstances and location)

From £POA

Trace a person or persons address – No Trace No Fee

£ from as little as £ 25.00 (BULK trace instructions) – Please contact us for details – Fixed Fee and a fast completion time with guaranteed results. If you instruct us by using the trace form, our standard ( £ 120.00) or quoted fee will apply. Please ensure you are aware of the fee prior to instructing as trace instructions cannot be cancelled. Our no trace no fee service is available for UK based searches AND International searches

From £25.00

General Investigation

Rate: £ 35 – 45 per hour – (please contact us to discuss)

From £35.00 per hour

Financial Investigations

UK Asset Search £ from £275.00 – costs vary on details required/provided by client – Please contact us

From £275.00 Costs vary on details

Background Checks

£ from as little as £ 175.00

From £175.00 per check

Enquiry Agent Services

Door Knocks and Verbal Enquiries £ from 35 per hour – Please contact us with your requirements

From £35.00 per hour

In or out of office meeting rate - New clients only

£ 65.00 per hour. ALL enquires and consultations via email/telephone are free.

£65.00 per hour

De-Bugging/ Counter-Surveillance Sweep

from £ Contact us for details

From £POA

You can be assured that we will ALWAYS work within your budget and do our VERY best to keep our prices competitive and affordable.


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What is the role of a


The role of a private investigator or commonly known as either a private detective or inquiry agent, is an individual who is hired by another, be it a group, business or another individual to undertake investigative law services. Most of the time our work is directly involved with individuals who are seeking an answer on cheating partners, tracing a missing person and many other scenarios. When we receive your inquiry, a member of our investigation team will be in contact with you to go through the finer elements of what you require, alongside the specific events that we may need to know, depending on your case. Our service is completely confidential and we provide communicative methods that only you are comfortable with.

Our private investigators who operate globally include some of the very the best private investigators in the business. Established in 1997 with now over 23+ years’ worth of private detective experience, we have assisted in thousands of corporate, legal, private and domestic clients and continue to maintain 5* satisfaction throughout.

You should be aware that the private investigator costs quoted on this page are a guide as to what you might expect to pay when engaging a Private Investigator. Each case will be different and as such, costs may vary. A legitimate and trustworthy private investigator will be more than happy to provide you with details of their charges in advance of taking any cases from you.

Global Private Investigators

We operate throughout the globe, making us one of the largest and most successful private investigation companies.

Fully Insured

Up to £1 million in indemnity insurance, covered across all of our services and processes in our portfolio.

98% Success Rate

We are proud to operate a 98% success rate across all of our surveillance and PI services in the UK and the world.

Affordable & Effective

Our private investigation services are both extremely effective yet affordable to the domestic markets.

How much do your


Our quotations are clear and itemised, providing you with a complete breakdown of how our service is split up. We provide our estimates on a bespoke basis, due to the nature of how our inquiries can differ so greatly for each specific requirement. We thoroughly recommend that new clients allow the time to speak to us, either by telephone or email, which will allow us to fully understand the nature of your issue in allowing us to provide you with the most cost effective solution to your case. Once we review your case, we provide you with an informed indication of expenditure and the estimated timescale that we believe the case will take. We then agree a clear budget with you.

It is important to note that our private investigation services are only offered when we believe we can help you resolve the situation. We would never recommend/provide a service if we didn’t believe it wouldn’t help.

Due to the unique nature of how our service operates, we thoroughly recommend speaking with a member of our support team to provide us with the finer elements of your inquiry. This also allows us the opportunity to go through agreeable actions, time it will take and when you’d like to instruct us to proceed. Our charges are always VERY competitive.


Professional, affordable and tailorable

Find a Person

Use our services to find a person that you can't on your own.

Find a Person

Tracing Debtors

Locate debtors with our specialist debt tracing agents.

Tracing Debtors

Relationship Investigatons

Verify your partner's loyalty with our relationship investigation service.

Relationship Investigatons

Discreet Surveillance

Investigate with stealth - we are discreet in our surveillance and investigations.

Discreet Surveillance

Due Diligence

We take reasonable steps to ensure you avoid committing any offense.

Due Diligence

Process Serving

Experienced & efficient fixed price process servers.

Process Serving

Background Checks

Our expert background checks can protect your interests.

Background Checks

Dating Site Scams

Take steps to protect yourself against romance scams.

Dating Site Scams

Insurance Claim Investigations

Fraudulent insurance claims are a growing problem throughout the UK.

Insurance Claim Investigations

Data Retrieval

Get important information that could help you, but isn't accessible to you.

Data Retrieval

Arranged Marriages

Be sure you know who you are marrying before you make such a big commitment

Arranged Marriages

Many Other Services

We offer many other services from our expert private investigators

Many Other Services

There are no specific set costs involved with private investigations; there are such a wide variety of cases and requirements, it would be impossible to give a set quote without understanding more about your situation.  We have given approximate costs for private investigator services on this page to help you to gauge the typical prices to be expected.

At UK Private Investigators, we offer a huge range of detective services, from background checks and fraud investigations through to vehicle tracking and covert surveillance.  Of course, the costs involved for the different types of investigation will vary depending on the type of service as well as the location and other details of the case.

Depending on the type and level of service you require, the amount of money a private investigator costs can vary substantially.  Different agencies have different rates, and each case is unique, bringing different challenges to the table.  We quote in a highly transparent way, and we give examples of the typical costs for different services on this page.

The best way to book a private investigator is to use a reputable agency such as UK Private Investigators.  We will agree on the fees for the service you require in advance, and you will receive a fully costed invoice for our services.  We always work hard to stick within your set budget and keep our prices as competitive and affordable as possible.

4 Reasons to Choose Us

We have one of the largest and most prolific network of agents ready to take your case and to find the truth.

ALL of our services are not only highly discreet but our private investigation work is carried out to the highest standard seen in the industry.

UK Private Investigators are able to supply 100% irrefutable evidence where necessary to help you prove your case.

Professional and approachable investigatory teams at affordable prices - a 98% overall success rate globally.

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