Becoming a bail bonds agent is specific to the state you are in. However, most justice systems follow standard steps as discussed in this article. One must meet the eligibility criteria to qualify as a bailbonds agent. This includes having a GED, completing a pre-licensing course, passing the exam, and having sponsorship from a surety company.
Beyond having a high school diploma or a GED, it helps to get an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in business administration, law, economics, or finance. This added level of education will influence your principles of running the business.
To pass the state licensing exam, you must prepare well and educate yourself on the requirements. On the day of the exam, you need to have the course completion certificate in hand and a credit card ready to pay for fingerprint submission. Failure to satisfy these obligations leads to disqualifications.
Next, you must apply for a state license to get certified for practice. You will need to submit your scores from the pre-licensing exam, documents of surety sponsorship, and a bond submission of a mandated amount. Your license will be valid for at least three years. Within this time, you should continue educating yourself to qualify for license renewal.