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West Virginia Private Detective or Investigator Bond

How much does a private investigator or detective bond cost in West Virginia?

The West Virginia Secretary of State requires private detectives and investigators to post $2,500 surety bonds.

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Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$2,500 Private Detective or Investigator Bond $2,500 $100

Why do I need this bond?

Private detective/investigator bonds in West Virginia ensure that principals (detectives/investigators) 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 damages it covers.

What’s the fine print?

If the principal remains compliant with all regulations and performs all business lawfully and ethically, the bond will remain in full force and effect. The bond’s expiration date is stated on the bond form.

A notary public must acknowledge that the principal has met all requirements and sign the bond form.

How to become a private investigator or detective West Virginia

To be eligible to apply for a private investigator license in West Virginia, applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a citizen of the U.S. or an alien legally residing in the U.S.
  • be of good moral character
  • have not had a previous investigator or security guard license revoked or denied
  • have not been declared incompetent by a court because of a mental defect or illness
  • not suffer from narcotics addiction or dependence or habitual drunkenness
  • have not been convicted of a felony
  • and more

Complete licensing information can be accessed via the Additional Resources section of this page.

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Additional Resources

State of West Virginia Secretary of State Private Detective or Investigator Surety Bond form

West Virginia Secretary of State Applying for an Individual Private Investigator License

Applying for a License as a Private Investigator and/or Security Guard Chapter 30, Article 18 of the WV Code

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