Becoming a Bail Bond Agent isn’t as easy as one might think. As any agent will tell you, you can’t be someone today, and a bail bond agent tomorrow. It doesn’t even take weeks and most of the time it takes months to completely go through the entire application process, finish the education, pay the fees, and receive a license. Even at this time, you still won’t legally be allowed to write bail by yourself. So let’s get started on “How to get your bail bonds agents license?”.
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Here’s a quick list of the essentials:
- 18 years of age.
- California Resident.
- Minimum 12 hours of approved prelicensing classroom study.
- Minimum 6 hours of approved continuing classroom study prior to renewal of bail bonds agent license.
- Bail Bond Application
- A Bond in the penal sum of $1000 executed by a California admitted surety, and signed.
- A Bail Bond Action Notice; executed by a surety insurer or its representative.
- Forms Filing List; this is a copy of the forms you will be using when posting bail for you arrestees.
- $272; license fee and examination fee.
- Pass the bail bonds agent’s exam administered by the California Department of Insurance.
- Clean record. You must be free of felonies and if you have any misdemeanors, papers and explanation and outcome of these misdemeanors must be attached.
So, that’s the quick hit list of essentials. Links will be provided at the end of the article for forms and applications needed.
Here’s the process in a whole.
Go to the California Department of Insurance. Here you’ll find all the forms and applications necessary for becoming a bail bond agent. You’ll also find access to the California Insurance Code which explains you rights and responsibilities as an agent. On this page you should download the following form. LIC 431-1, LIC 431-2, LIC 437-9, and LIC 437-23. These are the essential forms that you will be handing in to the California Department of Insurance. Now that you have the forms downloaded to your computer, what’s next?
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Find an approved agent prelicensing center or classroom. Again, wander over to the CDOI website and follow the links to bail agent insurance classes. You could also try Google. Just make sure that the class is approved by the CDOI. If it isn’t, you’re wasting your time. Next, take the class, pass the class with at least a 70%. Be sure to pay attention in the agent pre-licensing class, if the instructor feels that you are just “occupying” the seat and just putting in your 12 hours seat time to get the license, you’ll get kicked out. Also, the instructor’s job is to prepare you for the test and CDOI representatives frequently attend these classes to monitor. Since the instructors know this, they will be making sure you pay attention and they get their job done.
Next, with an agent’s prelicensing education certificate in hand, you make a photocopy and add that to your applications. A quick note on the agent application. Disclose! Yes, disclose your entire background. Even if you can’t remember all the details from something 5, 10, 15 years ago. Just include on the application as much information as you can recall. Why? Failure to disclose everything is an attempt to defraud or illegally obtain a license. In the event of this occurring, the application is usually denied.
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As you start to fill out the 431-1 bail bonds agent application, you’ll quickly see the top right contains two square areas for passport photos. Move through the application filling our Social Security numbers, addresses, affiliates, and everything else.
The next form to fill out is the Bond Form, called the Bond of Bail Agent form, LIC 437-9. This is basically the first bond you’ll right. It is written either by the company that is “sponsoring” you or employing you or it is written by you and the surety company that you are going to be contracted with. The amount of this bond is $1000.
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