Criminals clearly cannot write their own bail bonds because of the intense background checks required by law enforcement prior to getting a bail bondsman's license. However, if you have a few relatives that are frequently in trouble, and everyone else in the family is tired of paying other bail bond agents to get relatives out of jail, you might be thinking that you could be their bail bond agent.
It would kill two birds with one stone; there is a bail bond agent in the family, and everyone else pays you the money to do the job. Okay, that sounds like a plan, but do you even know what it takes to become a bail bond agent? You certainly cannot get a license overnight, much less in a month. Here is how long it will actually take you, and how soon you can expect to begin your new career.
Six Months' Worth of Insurance Courses
Bail bonds are surety bonds, which means they are tied to insurance. Most of the bail bonds written are the result of a bond agent's connection to an insurance group or company. The bond agent is able to write the bonds based on company policy. Independent bail bond agents establish their own insurance company, but that comes much later.
In the meantime, you will have to take at least six months' worth of insurance courses learning everything there is to know about insurance, surety bonds, how to write them, and particular laws and regulations for bonds in your state. If your spouse, nephew, or cousin needed a bail bond over the weekend, it is highly unlikely you will be helping him/her out of this situation any time soon.
A Year as an Apprentice
Most states require that bail bond agents spend a year serving as apprentices to fully licensed and experienced bail bond agents. If that applies to your state, then you will spend another year after completing your months' education and training (on insurance and surety bonds) working for a bail bond agent. You will learn everything there is to know about the business. At the end of that year, your boss can help you put in for your license.
Then you can either stay and continue working for him/her, or you can leave and start your own bail bond business (which was your original intent, anyway). Oh, and while all of this is happening, you cannot be charged with or convicted of any crime, no matter how small, or you will never get your license as a bail bond agent. Good luck!
For more information, contact a company like Richard Cloud Bail Bonding.Share