The decision to become a bail bondsman is a decision that should be well thought out.
There are a few uncontrollable factors one must consider before deciding to become a bail bondsman.
For instance, bail bondsmen requirements change from state to state and even county to county.
There are four states where you won’t even be able to become a bail bondsman because commercial bail isn’t available.
Those states are Oregon, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Other factors such as population size, bail bond agency competition and knowledge of not only how bail works but a good understanding of the legal system will be necessary.
The following information provides some of the basic necessities one would need in most areas in one’s pursuit of a bail bondsman career.
How to Become a Bail Bondsman In Most US States & Counties
- Age requirements. In most states you must be 18 years or older.
- Never convicted of a felony. A thorough background check and getting fingerprinted should be expected in the process of becoming a bail bondsman in every state.
- A resident of the state. You must be a resident of the state you desire to become a bondsman. Many areas have a time requirement for residency.
- You must be licensed. Almost every state requires you to be a licensed bail bondsman in order to post bail. The cost for licensing and license requirements most certainly vary by location.
- Must be an insured bail bondsman. Unless you are wealthy beyond your means and you’re not concerned about the financial risk of being a bail agent, insurance is a requirement.
- Bail Bondsman training. Although becoming a bail bondsman does not require having a college degree, depending on your location certain classes and examinations maybe required before you can become a bondsman. For instance, to become a bail bondsman in Florida one must complete a 120 hour course before becoming a bondsman.