Are you inquisitive? Do you dream of being the next Sherlock Holmes? Maybe private investigator is the right job for you. Before you start hitting the streets of Utah you will need to get licensed.
How to get a Utah Private Investigator License
Step #1: Complete an application
Step #2: Pay fees:
- $100 application fee
- $16.50 fingerprint and background check fee
Step #3: Provide proof of 2,000 hours of experience in investigation
Step #4: Provide a passport size photo taken within last 90 days of application
Step #5: Provide a completed fingerprint card
Step #6: Purchase a surety bond in the amount of $10,000
What is a Private Investigator Surety Bond?
A surety bond is a sort of guarantee that you will conduct your investigations ethically and according to all the rules and regulations provided by the state.
A bond can be purchased from a surety company, then if a client believes you acted inappropriately and files a claim on the bond the surety will investigate the claim. If the surety finds that the claim is vaild, the surety will make financial restitution. Of course, in the end you will be responsible to repay the surety for any damages.
How Much Will My Bond Cost?
The price you pay for your bond is based on a percentage of the total amount of your bond. For example, if you need a $10,000 bond, you will not have to pay $10,000. Instead, you will pay a percentage of this amount, generally between 1-15%. Most individuals with a good credit score (over 700) can get their bond at a rate of 1% or less. If your credit isn’t as good, you’ll have to pay a higher rate.
Think you have what it takes to get private investigator license? Want to see what you would pay for your Utah Private Investigator Bond? Surety offers free quotes from over 30 companies so that you can find the best price.