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Washington D.C. Private Detective Bond

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How much does a private investigator and detective bond cost in Washington, D.C.?

The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Security Officers Management Branch (SOMB) requires private investigators and detectives to post $5,000 surety bonds before they can be licensed to work in the district. issues these bonds instantly at a rate of $10 per $1,000 of the bond's amount with a minimum of $100! There’s no credit check required, so all applicants qualify. What are you waiting for? Complete our easy online bond request form or call us at 1 (800) 308-4358 to get started!

Bond Type
$5,000Private Detective Bond

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Why do I need this bond?

By posting a private investigator and detective bond, the principal (private investigator or detective) agrees to comply with the provisions of the Acts of Congress 47 Stat. 500, 79 Stat. 1307 and the Private Detective Business Regulations as outlined on the bond form. If the principal fails to do so, the bond protects the state and any person aggrieved by the principal’s actions. The surety company pays reparations for damages up to the full bond amount and then requires reimbursement from the offending principal.

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What’s the fine print?

Private detective business bonds in Washington, D.C. expire annually on October 31. These bonds remain in full force unless otherwise canceled or violated.

How to become a private detective in Washington DC

Posting your surety bond is just the first step to becoming a licensed private investigator or detective. The following steps must also be taken when submitting your license application:

  • Acquire a criminal history affidavit
  • Pass a drug test
  • Complete a physical examination
  • Provide the department with a birth certificate or other naturalization documentation
  • Pay $65 application fee
  • Pay $435 business license fee

Additional licensing information can be accessed from the “Additional Resources” section of this page.

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