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How much does a $10,000 private investigator surety bond cost in Utah?

A $10,000 private investigator surety bond in Utah costs $100 per year. However, a 25% discount applies to subsequent years if you purchase your bond for multiple years. For example, a two-year private investigator bond would cost $175 instead of $200.

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$10,000Private Investigator BondRequired for registrant or apprentice license applicants

Why do private investigators need a bond in Utah?

The Utah Department of Public Safety - Private Investigator Licensing requires private investigators to post a $10,000 surety bond prior to receiving a license to conduct business.

Utah private investigator bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (private investigative agencies) compensate any person injured by the unlawful business practices of the private investigator, his or her agency, or his or her employees.

The bond protects harmed parties from financial loss up to the full bond amount of $10,000, and the principal must reimburse the surety for any damages paid out.

Terms of a private investigator bond

Private investigator surety bonds in Utah are continuous and run concurrently with the license period. These bonds remain in full force until the principal’s license is terminated or the bond is canceled by the surety upon 30 days’ written notice of cancellation to both the state and the principal, whichever occurs first.

How to become a private investigator in Utah

To become licensed as a private investigator in Utah, applicants must first meet the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Legal resident of Utah
  • Possess good moral character

If you meet the qualifications, you can then fill out the Application for Private Investigator License. Along with the application form, the prospective private investigator must also attach:

  • Pay the $143.25 registrant or apprentice license fee to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification via cash, credit card, check, or money order
  • One 2” x 2” color photograph of passport quality, taken within 90 days of the application
  • Photocopy of driver’s license or state issued identification card
  • Completed fingerprint card — you may contact your local police department or sheriff’s office for assistance as well as the Bureau with fingerprinting services for $15.00
  • Proof of a $10,000 surety bond
  • Documentation of experience and qualifications — for a registrant license, the applicant must have at least 2,000 hours of investigative experience:
    Attach copies of the “Verification of Investigative Experience” form to show your hours worked
    Apprentice applicants must work for a licensed private investigation agency

Bring in or mail the application and required documents to the Bureau of Criminal Identification at the following address:

Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Taylorsville, UT 84129

Once the Bureau receives your application, a background investigation will be conducted. The application will then be reviewed by the Private Investigator Hearing and Licensure Board for recommendation of issuance. Allow 90 days for processing a completed application. Do not call the Bureau regarding the status of your application unless you have not received notification within the noted time frame.

How to start a private investigative agency

Once you are licensed as a private investigator in Utah, you may want to start your own agency/business. To do so, you will use the same application form, indicating it is for an agency license.

In addition, you will need to provide the following:

  • Proof of at least $500,000 of liability insurance and a certificate of workers’ compensation insurance, if applicable
  • Documentation of experience and qualifications — applicant must have at least 5,000 hours of investigative experience. If the applicant held a Utah registrant license or an apprentice license on or before May 1, 2010, then 2,000 hours of investigative experience is sufficient.
  • Attach copies of the “Verification of Investigative Experience” form to show your hours worked
  • Payment to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification in the amount of $243.25 via cash, credit card, check, or money order for an agency license that will cover one agency and the owner or primary investigator of that agency

Similar to the initial application process, bring in or mail the application and required documents to the Bureau of Criminal Identification at 3888 West 5400 South, Taylorsville, UT 84129.

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