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In New York State there are approximately 2,250 licensed private investigator firms...

only 10 can have " Detective" in their company name.

Holmes Detective Bureau was founded in 1928 and incorporated in NYS in 1946 by Edward Z. Holmes, who served in the United States Secret Service through the terms of four Presidents. Utilizing the investigative and protective skills acquired during his distinguished public service career, he joined with other members of the local, state, and federal agencies to open the original office on the second floor of the Pioneer Hotel in Rockaway Park, New York. Edward Holmes later became a consultant to the NYPD in techniques that would eventually be known as the science of gun detection. 


Since 1928 HOLMES has been providing professional investigative and security services for the public sector, corporations and law firms. During our 90 years of service, we have maintained an excellent reputation in the security industry. By developing associations with professionals in all phases of the industry, we are able to provide a complete array of services including corporate, civil and background investigations, latent fingerprint examination, forensic document examination, electronic security countermeasures, evidence identification, and polygraph examinations.

After working on a case, HOLMES doesn’t just bill and forget. Once the investigative phase of a case is completed, HOLMES investigators know how to present competent relative testimony as convincing witnesses. All of our investigators have garnered hundreds of hours of courtroom experience testifying on behalf of our clients and the People. 


New York State Criminal Records:  $140.00 Office of Court Administration  Requires full name and DOB. Same or 1 day turnaround.

Investigative:  $195.00 per hour plus expenses (6 hour minimum). Surveillance:  $195.00 per hour (8 hour minimum) Includes 2 operatives, vehicle, video, written report. Mileage, tolls and out of pocket expenses extra.

Fingerprint Services: Live Scan or Ink In our office - Financial (FINRA, NFA), Insurance Licenses, Real Estate, Liquor Licenses, NY Mortgage Bankers and Lenders, Bar Exam, (we do not take fingerprints for security guard licenses) there is a three (3) card minimum per person $50.00 plus tax, addl. cards $12.50 plus tax. If you have to cancel, as long as it's 4 hours (or more) before the appointment time, there is no charge to you. If you cancel within  in 4 hours your next appointment is an additional $50.00 plus tax.

Fingerprint Service: Your office in Manhattan $175.00 (includes first 8 cards), addl. cards $12.50. Long Island, Northern New Jersey,& Connecticut extra depending on mileage out of Manhattan. A credit card deposit of $175.00 plus tax is required on all on-site jobs. You must cancel before 24 hours of the appointment time to get a refund. Guarantee: We will come back 1 time (at a time and day convenient to you) if the cards are rendered "not readable" by the contributing agency. If the cards  get lost in the mail, coffee stained, folded or damaged we will charge you another $175.00 plus tax.

Fingerprint: (Forensic) For law firms: Development and Chemical Analysis $1200.00, Comparison $600.00 (includes first 2 hours, addl..$175.00 per hour), $750.00 Court Testimony.

Statements Taken: $195.00 per hour (4 hour minimum). 


Armed Security Officers: Active or former law enforcement. Contract: Office buildings, Corporations, Residences, Better Hotels from $68.00 per hour.  Upscale Retail Stores (currently) from $85.00 per officer per hour. Presently we will only contract 2 armed officers per shift due to extra high crime against retail establishments.  Specials: Including  Book Signings, Guest Appearances, Parties, Special Events from $95.00 per hour. Close Protection: Including Employee Termination, Executive Protection, Witness Protection $170.00 per hour (includes 2 agent team with an 8 hour minimum) and up depending on threat level. includes 5 million comprehensive liability.

Unarmed Uniformed Security Officers (AKA Square Badge): Contract: Not right for every situation. We prefer the law enforcement experience of our Armed Security Officers but if its the right fit our, our rate starting at $42.00 per hour. Same 5 million comprehensive liability as our Armed Officers. Uniform and Blazer available. No retail No licensed premises.

Pre Employment  $350.00  DMV Records, Statewide Criminal Check,  Public Record Search (Upper Civil Court Filings-County of Residence, Statewide Federal Criminal and Federal Civil Courts,  Liens, Judgments, Sex Offender Registry, National Wants & Warrants ( If Available), Address History, Investigative Database.

New York State Department of Banking Background Check. Prices depend on biographical address history of candidate. Most reports fall between from $750.00 to $1250.00 We can review candidate's address history for exact charges before beginning. Please contact us for information further. 

Add on Same Day Criminal Court Retrieval $140.00 (Most accurate NY Criminal search available) (same or next day return by E-Mail)

Add on NY Driving Record  $35.00 (Direct from Albany's computer) (same or next day return by E-Mail) Confirms correct DOB, Address, Scofflaw, DUI etc. (must have HOLMES signed release).

Add on Liens, Judgments, Address History, & UCC Filings $65.00 (same or next day return by E-Mail)

Add on Suits (as Plaintiff and Defendant - County of Residence), Federal Criminal Court (District of Residence), Federal Civil Court (District of Residence) & Bankruptcy Court (Statewide), $105.00 .

Add on National Wants & Warrants (If Available) $35.00 (not presently available)

Add on Sex Offender Registry $35.00 (through Lexis Database)

Add on Address History $35.00

E-Mail for release forms and any questions you may have. E-Mail a letter of  request on your company letterhead, copy of government photo ID of applicant with our signed release.

In NY license is titled Private Investigator, in CT & NJ license titled Private Detective

Please note: Armed guard services are provided at  the discretion of Holmes Detective Bureau, Inc. management.


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