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South Carolina Private Investigation or Security Guard Agency Bond

South Carolina Private Investigation or Security Guard Agency Bond

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Who Requires the Private Investigation or Security Guard Agency Bond and Why Is It Needed?

Private investigators, detectives and security guard agencies licensed under provisions of Act No. 372, Acts of 2000, Gen. Assembly of South Carolina must post a $10,000 surety bond as required by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). The bond protects customers in the event of violations of state laws, unethical business practices, fraudulent or illegal actions by the private detective or agency.

How Much Will My Surety Bond Cost?

Some South Carolina Private Investigation or Security Guard Agency Bonds are offered completely online without a credit check or any paperwork. Surety Bonds Direct has access to the lowest bond prices available in the market for applicants with good credit and bad credit.

It only takes a couple minutes to provide us with the information required for a free, no-obligation quote. Or if you prefer, call 1‐800‐608‐9950 to speak with one of our friendly bond experts. We can help guide you through the bonding process and identify the lowest cost in the market for your situation.

If you are interested in spreading out the cost of your bond over time, we can offer convenient financing plans for many types of surety bonds. More information will be provided with your quote.

What Does the Bond Protect Against?

The private investigation surety bond protects the State of South Carolina and its taxpayers in the event that the private detective violates state law and closes the business without paying applicable fines. The bond transfers the this liability up to the full bond amount of $10,000 to the surety company, and ultimately back to the private investigator through an indemnity clause.

What is Needed to Obtain My License or Registration?

The following are the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's general requirements in order to be considered for a business license.

  • Annual license fee paid via cashier’s check, money order, or company check made payable to SLED.
  • Completed, signed, and notarized application. For military service, a copy of the DD Form 214 is also required.
  • Two complete sets of fingerprint cards.
  • Recent digital photograph (instructions available on the SLED website).
  • $10,000 surety bond posted with SLED In accordance with S.C. Code Ann. § 40-18-70(B)
  • Completed, signed, and notarized Judgment Statement Affidavit (or a certified statement by the Clerk of Court in the applicant’s county of residence in lieu of the affidavit). 
  • Completed, signed, and notarized Form PD/PS-9 per SLED instructions.
  • Completed Disclosure of Principal(s) form.
  • Sample contract for approval in accordance with S.C. Code Ann. § 40-18-70(F).
  • Three years’ experience are required in order to qualify as a private investigation business licensee
  • Additional items may be needed and exact requirements may vary based on applicant, license type or obligee discretion. Please see obligee and state links in the Other Helpful Information and Links section below or contact the obligee directly for more information.

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