Bail Bonds Agent Licensing

BAIL BOND AGENT LICENSURE
State and Statute Title of Licensed Entity Regulating Entity Requirements Prohibited Criminal Activity Prohibited Persons / Professions
Age State Residency Exam Education Criminal Background Check
Alabama
§ 15-13-22
§ 15-13-159
§ 15-13-160
§ 15-13-101
Professional Bondsman The Alabama Department of Insurance X Felony; crimes of moral turpitude. Enumerated judicial officials; attorney; person authorized to accept an appearance bond.
Alaska
§ 21.27.150
§ 21.27.020
§ 21.27.060
Bail Bond Limited Producer The Director of the Alaska Division of Insurance X
18+
X X Act that is a cause for denial or revocation of a bondsman license.
Arizona
§ 20-340.01
Bail Bond Agent Director of Insurance of the State of Arizona X X X Theft; felony; carrying, illegal use or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Law enforcement; court officials; attorneys; officials authorized to admit to bail; state and county officers.
Arkansas
§ 17-19-201§ 17-19-110
Professional Bail Bondsman

 

 

 

 

Bail Bond Agent

The Professional Bail Bond Company and Professional

 

 

Bail Bondsman Licensing Board.
None specified

X

X

X X X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Felony; crime of moral turpitude. Attorney; court officials; sheriff; law enforcement officials
Attorney; court officials; sheriff; law enforcement officials
California
Ins. Code § 1802
Ins. Code § 1802.5
Ins. Code § 1803
Bail Agent
Bail 

 

 

Permittee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bail Solicitor

California Department of Insurance Commissioner
California Department of Insurance Commissioner
California Department of Insurance Commissioner
X

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

X

Enumerated misdemeanor or felony; crimes which involve a misappropriation of money or property.
Enumerated misdemeanor or felony; crimes which involve a misappropriation of money or property.
Enumerated misdemeanor or felony; crimes which involve a misappropriation of money or property.
Colorado
§ 10-23-101§ 10-23-102§ 10-2-415.5;
§ 10-2-418
Cash-Bonding Agent Colorado Division of Insurance
Professional Cash-Bail Agent Colorado Division of Insurance
Insurance Producer/Bail Bond Agent Colorado Division of Insurance
Connecticut
§ 29-145§ 38a-660
Professional Bondsman Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection X Felony Law enforcement or others with police powers.
Surety Bail Bond Agent Connecticut Insurance Commissioner X
18+
X
U.S. citizen
X X Felony; enumerated misdemeanors. Law enforcement or others with police powers.
Delaware
18 Del. C. § 4332
Bail Agent Delaware Department of Insurance X
18+
X X Jailers; police officers; any person acting in a judicial capacity’; sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables; attorneys or persons employed in an attorney’s office; any person having the power to arrest or having anything to do with the control of federal, state, county or municipal prisoners; enumerated prison officials.
Florida
§ 648.27;
§ 648.34§ 648.34;
§ 648.35§ 648.355
Bail Bond Agent Florida Department of Financial Services X
18+
X
U.S. citizen, legal alien, state resident
X X X Felony; crimes involving moral turpitude; crimes punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more.
Professional Bail Bond Agent Florida Department of Financial Services
Temp. limited license as Limited Surety Agent or Professional Bail Bond Agent Florida Department of Financial Services X
18+
X X X Felony; crimes involving moral turpitude; crimes punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more.
Georgia
§ 17-6-50
Professional Bondsmen The sheriff of the county in which the bonding business is conducting business X
18+
X X X Felony; crimes involving moral turpitude.
Hawaii
No statute located
Idaho
§ 41-1037
Bail Agent Idaho Department of Insurance
Illinois
725 §§ 5/103-9,
5/110-7, 5/110-8
Commercial Bondsmen Prohibited
Indiana
§  27-10-3-1
Bail Agent Indiana Department of Insurance X
18+
X X X Felony/release from supervision in the past 10 years; misdemeanor / release from supervision in the past 5 years. Jailers; law enforcement officers; judges; enumerated prison officials.
Iowa
No statute located
Kansas
No statute located
Kentucky
§ 431.510
Commercial Bondsmen Prohibited
Louisiana
R.S. 22:1556;
R.S. 22:1584;
R.S. 22:1571
Bail Bond Producer Louisiana Department of Insurance X
18+
X X X Felony; participation in a pretrial diversion program pursuant to a felony charge; misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or public corruption.
Maine
No statute located
Maryland
MD Rules 16-817;
Ins. Code §§ 10-304, 305
Bail Bondsman None specified X
18+
Massachusetts
276 § 61B
Professional Bondsman The Superior Court or a Justice thereof.
Michigan
No statute located
Minnesota
Prac., Rule 702
Bond Producers Minnesota State Court Administrator’s Office
Mississippi
§ 83-39-3§ 83-39-7
Professional Bail Agent Mississippi Department of Insurance X
21+
X X Felony; crime involving moral turpitude. Law enforcement or judicial official; attorney; enumerated prison officials.
Personal Surety Agent Mississippi Department of Insurance X
21+
X X X Felony; crime involving moral turpitude. Law enforcement or judicial official; attorney; enumerated prison officials.
Missouri
§ 374.710§ 374.710
§374.700 to 374.775
Bail Bond Agent The Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration of the State of Missouri X
General Bail Bond Agent The Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration of the State of Missouri X X
Montana
No statute located
Nebraska
No statute located
Nevada
§ 697.150§ 697.170;
§ 697.260
Bail Agent Nevada Division of Insurance X
18+
X X X Forgery; embezzlement; obtaining money under false pretenses; larceny; extortion; conspiracy to defraud; crime involving moral turpitude. Jailers; police officers; justices of the peace; municipal judges; sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables; any person with arrest power; enumerated prison officials.
Bail Solicitor Nevada Division of Insurance X
18+
X X X Felony; offense involving moral turpitude; unlawful use, sale or possession of a controlled substance. Jailers; police officers; justices of the peace; municipal judges; sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables; any person with arrest power; enumerated prison officials.
New Hampshire
§ 597:7-b
Bail Agent None specified
New Jersey
§17:31-10
Bail Agent New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
New Mexico
S. A. 1978, § 59A-51-3S. A. 1978, § 59A-51-6
Bail Bondsman Superintendent of the New Mexico Division of Insurance X
18+
X
U.S. citizen
X X Felony, with the exception of a conditional discharge of a felony conviction. Law enforcement, adjudication, jail, court or prosecution official or an employee thereof; attorney; official authorized to admit to bail; state or county officer.
Solicitor Superintendent of the New Mexico Division of Insurance X
18+
X
U.S. citizen
X X Felony, with the exception of a conditional discharge of a felony conviction. Law enforcement, adjudication, jail, court or prosecution official or an employee thereof; attorney; official authorized to admit to bail; or state or county officer.
New York
McKinney’s Insurance Law § 6802
Professional Bondsmen New York Superintendant of Insurance X X Offense involving moral turpitude; any crime.
North Carolina
§ 58-71-40§ 58-71-40
Professional Bondsman Commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Insurance X
18+
X X X X No current or prior enumerated violations. Sheriff, deputy sheriff, other law-enforcement officer; judicial official; attorney; parole officer; probation officer; jailer; assistant jailer; employee of the General Court of Justice; employee or spouse of employee  with criminal justice duties, those with commercial bond interests.
Surety Bondsman Commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Insurance X
18+
X X X No current or prior enumerated violations. Sheriff, deputy sheriff, other law-enforcement officer; judicial official; attorney; parole officer; probation officer; jailer; assistant jailer; employee of the General Court of Justice; employee or spouse of employee  with criminal justice duties, those with commercial bond interests.
North Dakota
§ 26.1-26.6-01; § 26.1-26-03
Bail Bond Agent North Dakota Insurance Commissioner X Jailers; police officers; committing magistrates; magistrate court judges; sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables; any person with arrest powers or prison officials.
Ohio
§ 3905.84
Surety Bail Bond Agents The Ohio Department of Commerce and the Superintendent of Insurance. X
18+
X If the person was convicted of a criminal offense, the nature of the offense, whether the conviction was based on acts or omissions taken under any professional license, whether the offense involved the breach of a fiduciary duty, the amount of time that has passed, and the person’s activities subsequent to the conviction. Jailers or other persons employed in a detention facility; prisoners incarcerated in any jail, prison, or any other place used for the incarceration of persons; peace officers, including volunteer or honorary peace officers; employees of a law enforcement agency; committing magistrates; judges; employees of a court; employees of the clerk of any court; attorneys or any person employed at an attorney’s office; any persons having the power to arrest; any persons who have authority over or control of, federal, state, county, or municipal corporation prisoners.
Oklahoma
59 Okl. St. Ann. § 130659 Okl. St. Ann. § 1301
Surety Bondsman Insurance Commissioner of the State of Oklahoma X
21+
X Felony; misdemeanor involving dishonesty or moral turpitude. Jailers; police officers; committing judges; municipal or district court judges; prisoners; sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and any person having the power to arrest or prison officials; enumerated alcohol- based businesses.
Professional Bondsman Insurance Commissioner of the State of Oklahoma X
Oregon
§§ 135.255, .260, .265
Commercial Bondsmen Prohibited
Pennsylvania
42 Pa.C.S.A. § 5742
Professional Bondsmen Pennsylvania Insurance Department Criminal offense Law enforcement officer; employee of a penal institution, or any who derives profit from bondsmen.
Rhode Island
§ 12-13-21, Superior Court Professional Bondsmen Rule 1
Professional Bondsman The Rhode Island Superior Court
South Carolina
§ 38-53-90§ 38-53-90
Professional Bondsman The South Carolina Director of the Department of Insurance X
18+
X X X Felony; crime involving moral turpitude w/n the past 10 years. Sheriff, deputy sheriff, other law enforcement officer; judicial official; attorney; parole officer; probation officer; jailer; assistant jailer; employee of any court of this state.
Surety Bondsman The South Carolina Director of the Department of Insurance X
18+
X X X Felony; crime involving moral turpitude within the past 10 years. Sheriff, deputy sheriff, other law enforcement officer; judicial official; attorney; parole officer; probation officer; jailer; assistant jailer;, employee of any court of this state.
South Dakota
§ 58-22-1
Bail Bondsman South Dakota Division of Insurance of the Department of Labor and Regulation X
21+
X
U.S. citizen
X Felony; crime involving moral turpitude. Jailers; attorneys; police officers; convicted felons; committing magistrates; municipal or magistrate court judges; clerks or deputy clerks; sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables; any person with arrest power or enumerated prison officials.
Tennessee
§ 40-11-301
Professional Bondsman Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance X Constitutionally elected peace officer or as such officer’s deputy; any duly elected or appointed county official; jailers; attorneys; police officers; convicted felons; committing magistrates; municipal or magistrate court judges; clerks or deputy clerks; sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables; any person with arrest power or enumerated prison officials.
Texas
Occupations Code § 1704.151
Bail Bond Surety None specified X
18+
X
U.S. citizen
X Felony; misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
Utah
No statute located
Vermont
No statute located
Virginia
Code Ann. § 9.1-185.5
Bail Bondsman Virginia Department of Criminal Justice X
18+
X X X Felony Employees of a local or regional jail; employees of a sheriff’s office; employees of a state or local police department; persons appointed as conservators of the peace; employees of an office of an attorney for the Commonwealth; employees of the Department of Corrections, Department of Criminal Justice Services, or a local pretrial or community-based probation services agency; or spouses or housemates thereof.
Washington
§ 18.185.020
Bail Bond Agent Washington Department of Licensing X
18+
X
U.S. citizen or resident alien
X Any crime conviction within the past 10 years, if the director determines that the applicant’s particular crime directly relates to a capacity to perform the duties of a bail bond.
West Virginia
§ 51-10-8
Professional Bondsmen The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Offense involving moral turpitude
Wisconsin
§ 969.12
Commercial Bondsmen Prohibited
Wyoming
No statute located