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Massachusetts Private Detective and Watch Guard Bond

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How much does a private investigator bond cost in Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts Department of State Police requires private detectives and watch guards to post a $5,000 surety bond.

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Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$5,000 Private Detective/Watch Guard Bond $5,000 $100

Why do I need a Massachusetts private investigator bond?

By posting a private investigator bond in Massachusetts, the principal (private detective or watch guard) agrees to comply with the provisions of Chapter 147, Section 25 of the General Laws of Massachusetts.

If a principal violates the bond’s terms, a claim can be made against the bond to provide compensation for damages. The principal must pay back any damages paid out by the bond.

To determine whether your profession qualifies, review the definitions provided by Chapter 147, Section 22.

Considerations for the Massachusetts private investigator/watch guard bond

The private detective’s or watch guard’s county must be listed on the bond form.

Massachusetts private detective/watch guard bonds are continuous until canceled. If the bond is to be canceled, the surety must provide notice to the Department of State Police.

How can I become a private investigator or security guard in Massachusetts?

  1. Gather the required licenses.
    • Certification from three reputable citizens of Massachusetts who are not related by blood or marriage
      • They have to live in the same community in which you have a place of work or propose to conduct business.
      • You must have known these people for three years or more and agree with their statements.
      • They must prove that you demonstrate good character and are an honest and respectful citizen.
  2. Submit the application with your $5,000 surety bond. Felony convictions prohibit applicants from becoming licensed.

Note: You must be one of the following in order to gain a license:

  • Employed as a detective for at least three years actively in the field
  • A former member of an investigative service of the U.S.
  • A former police officer of rank or a grade higher
  • A police officer formally employed for at least 10 years

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Additional Resources

Massachusetts Private Detective and Watch Guard Bond Application

State of Massachusetts Requirements for a Private Detective License

Qualifications of Applicants - Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 147, Sections 24

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