A Hawaii private detective agency bond is required from each private detective, security guard or detective agency on the island before a license will be issued. Hawaii code defines a "private detective" as a person licensed under Chapter 463 HRS. An individual must be licensed if he or she, for compensation, obtains information and evidence not readily or publicly accessible with reference to any of the following matters:
The Hawaii private detective bond must be written by a surety company licensed by the state insurance commissioner and must include a provision that the bonding agent will notify the Board of Private Detectives and Guards in writing at least thirty days prior to any cancellation of the surety bond. Termination of the bond constitutes an immediate suspension of the agency license which stays suspended until a replacement bond is filed. Failure to obtain a new surety bond within the current biennium results in automatic forfeiture of the license at the end of the same biennium. The Hawaii private detective surety bond must be written in the sum of $5,000 and conditioned upon the honest conduct of the business of the licensee. It also indemnifies any person injured by the wilful, malicious, or wrongful act(s) of the licensee to bring in the person's own name an action on the bond.
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