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Effective January 1, 2013

The Clerk of Courts Office issues Private Detective Licenses

  • Initial filing fee - $53.00 ($48.00 plus $5.00 automation fee)

  • Renewal filing fee - $19.50

In addition to the filling fee, a License Fee is due upon the approval

  • Initial Individual License - $200.00
    (Issued for 2 yrs.)

  • Initial Partnerships and Corporations - $300.00
    (Issued for 2 yrs.)

  • Renewal Individual License - $300.00
    (Issued for 3 yrs.)

  • Renewal Partnerships/Corporations - $450.00
    (Issued for 3 yrs.)

Application of a Private Detective License requires the following:

  • Two complete Petitions (1 original and 1 original copy)

  • Within the Petitions please include your Social Security Number/Federal I.D. number.

  • One set of completed fingerprint cards for each individual/officer of the corporation included within the petition.

  • A second set of fingerprint cards and a check in the Amount of $17.50 made payable to "Commonwealth of PA" for processing.

  • A check in the amount of $10.50  made payable to Clerk of Courts.

  • A set of photos (a set consists of 2 photos). The license and file.

  • Surety Bond in the amount of $10,000.00.

  • A Surety Bond for new applications may not be filed until the license is approved by the Court.

  • It is necessary the court approve the Surety Bonds before Licenses are issued.

Private Detective I.D. cards are taken by the Security Department by appointment only.

Office of The Clerk of Courts
Mary K. Smithson, Clerk of Courts
Erin Schieber, First Deputy
Allen Toadvine, Esq., Solicitor

Bucks County Justice Center
100 North Main Street
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901 
Phone: 215 348-6389
Fax: 267-885-1371