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Delaware Private Investigative and Security Agency Bond

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How much does a private investigative or security agency bond cost in Delaware?

The Delaware State Police’s Board of Examiners of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies require surety bonds from all applicants wishing to become licensed as a private investigator or security agency. The amount of the bonds are as follows:

The cost of a private investigative or security agency bond is determined by the amount of the bond and ranges from $50 to $150. Simply click Buy Now to purchase your bond safely and securely through our online bond checkout. In just a few minutes you can be on your way to becoming bonded as a private investigative or security agency in Delaware.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$5,000 Private Investigative and Security Agency Bond Sole Proprietor - No Employees $5,000 $50
$10,000 Private Investigative and Security Agency Bond Business - Has Employees $10,000 $100
$15,000 Private Investigative and Security Agency Bond Out-of-State Licensee $15,000 $150

Why do I need this bond?

The Delaware Code § 1327 requires that anyone applying for a license to own or operate a private investigative or security agency must have both a surety bond and certificate of insurance in an amount determined by the Board.

In the event that the agency causes harm to anyone due to its failure to abide by all rules and regulations set forth in the Delaware Code, a claim may be made against the bond. If the claim is found to be valid, the surety may pay up to the full amount of the bond to settle the claim. In the event that the surety does pay out, it is the licensee’s responsibility to repay the surety.

What’s the fine print?

Private investigative and security agency bonds are issued for one year terms and must be renewed annually via continuation certificate for as long as the agency wishes to remain licensed. However, the surety may cancel the bond at any time by providing the Board with 30 days’ written notice.

How to become a private investigative or security agency in Delaware

As well as requiring a surety bond, the Board also requires private investigative agencies to meet the following requirements:

  • At least 25 years of age
  • Minimum five years investigative experience or must have been police officer for any local, state, or federal agency or equivalent who has graduated from certified law-enforcement academy
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude or theft
  • No convictions for drug offenses
  • Meet and maintain all additional qualifications established by the Board

Security guard agencies must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 25 years of age
  • Minimum four years experience managing licensed security agency or five years investigative experience or must have been police officer for any local, state, or federal agency or equivalent who has graduated from certified law-enforcement academy
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude or theft
  • No convictions for drug offenses
  • Meet and maintain all additional qualifications established by the Board

Additional Resources

Professional Licensing - Private Investigative & Private Security Agencies

§ 1318 Security guard business licensee license requirements.

§ 1319 Private investigator business licensee license requirements.

§ 1327 Insurance.

State Bureau of Identification

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