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New York Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency Bond

How much does a watch, guard or patrol agency bond cost in New York?

Potential guards or watchmen who wish to conduct business in New York are required to post a $10,000 surety bond with the Division of Licensing Services.

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Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$10,000 Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency Bond 2-year term $10,000 $88
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Why do I need this bond?

Watch, guard or patrol agency bonds ensure that the principal (watch, guard or patrol agency) will comply with all provisions, rules, regulations and amendments provided by the Secretary of State. If the principal does not conduct business in a lawful manner, he or she will be held responsible for compensating the surety for any resulting financial damages. Under this bond, principals must:

  • maintain professionalism in all business relationships
  • cooperate with other criminal justice agencies
  • accept and fulfill all obligations
  • apply equitable standards when recruiting employees

What’s the fine print?

On the bond form, the principal must specify that he or she is a watch, guard or patrol agency among the other options listed on the form. This bond will run in full force and effect as long as the principal remains in compliance with all rules and regulations stated on the form. This bond also requires the signature of a notary public acknowledging the contractual agreement between the surety, principal and obligee (Department of State).

How to become a watch, guard or patrol agency in New York

It is against the law for any individual to perform the services of a watch, guard or patrol agency in the state of New York without first obtaining the proper license that allows him or her to do so. Information that must be supplied on the application includes the applicant’s full name, age, residences within the last three years and present and previous occupations.

The following are additional documents and information required to be submitted at the time of application:

  • Card with full set of fingerprints
  • Required application fee
  • Required surety bond
  • Minimum 25 years of age
  • Pass regulated examination within last two years
  • Free of relevant criminal convictions
  • Demonstrate two years of experience or equivalent thereof

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Additional Resources

Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency Sample Bond Form

Private Investigator, Bail Enforcement Agent, Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency Application

Division of Licensing Services - Watch, Guard or Patrol Agencies

Private Investigators, Bail Enforcement Agents, Watch, Guard or Patrol Agencies and Security Guards Licensing Law

FAQ - Watch, Guard, or Patrol Agency

New York Department of State - Official Homepage

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