Getting a Bail Bonding License in Mississippi in 2017
How to Get a Bail Bonds License
Bail bondsmen arrange for payment of bail for and sometimes the arraignment of a defendant. Although being a bail bondsman might have its exciting moments, it’s all about helping defendants resolve their legal issues. In order to do that, you need to follow the laws, requirements, training and testing set out by your state. Here are some steps to help you get licensed in your state. The steps may vary somewhat from state to state.
Reading Your State’s Laws
Read your state’s statutes.The requirements for licensure and limitations for practice are usually spelled out in each state’s statutes. These can usually be found in titles that involve insurance or professional licenses. Each state will have different rules. These are some specific differences between certain states:
- The following states outlaw commercial bonding or bounty hunting: Wisconsin, Oregon, Illinois and Kentucky.
- These states have specific rules and definitions about the way bail bondsmen operate in their area: Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
- You must obtain a license to be a bail bondsmen in the following states: Indiana, Nevada, Mississippi, South Dakota, Connecticut, Arizona, Utah, Iowa, Louisiana, California and West Virginia.
Ask a government agency.State government agencies that oversee bail bondsmen can usually provide you with a handout or brochure of the guidelines for that state. These agencies fall under the Department of Insurance or the Department of Licensure.
Ask a current bondsman.Current bondsmen can let you know the requirements. Be sure to double check with the administrative agency or statute because often requirements for initial licensing change, though current license holders are given a grace period to comply with changes.
Meeting the Prerequisites
Reach the required age.In most states, you must be at least 18 years old to become a bail bondsman, though some states require you to be 21.
Become a resident.Many states require you to be a resident of the state in which you want to get a bail bonds license.
Get fingerprinted.Most states require a criminal background check. You may be denied a license if you have a criminal history. You may obtain your prints and/or criminal history report from a private contractor or through a local law enforcement agency, depending on your state.
Schedule and complete your pre-licensing course for the bail bonds license.Many states require you to have passed a certified education program prior to applying for your license.
Discuss the issue of your property and finances with the Department of Insurance.Some states require that their Department of Insurance or the local court sponsor you as a bail bondsman. This means that they support you as a bail bondsman when you need to post large bails.
Consider obtaining bail bondsman surety insurance.This helps to protect you and your family from any risks you may encounter through being a bail bondsman.
Completing the Application for a Bail Bonds License
Locate the application.The appropriate agency (Department of Insurance, etc) will usually have a link to the application on their website. If not, give them a call and ask them to mail it to you.
Complete the application.Be sure the application is completely filled out with no blanks remaining. Also be sure to properly sign it. Some states require applications to be signed in front of a notary. Also be sure to attach any required further information, such as:
- Fingerprint cards
- Proof of age
- Proof of residency
- Proof of education
Schedule and pass your test.Frequently, you cannot take your licensure examination until the state has accepted your application. You could need to wait to hear back from the agency prior to scheduling your examination. That time will vary between states.
Wait for your license.Once you pass the exam, the agency will send you a copy of your license. At this point, you may usually begin practicing as a bail bondsman. The time it takes to receive your application will vary between states.
QuestionHow long do you have to wait for partial refund of your bail?
AttorneyAttorneyExpert AnswerIf you are a bail bondsman, and are seeking to have the funds released, you must wait until the person is in custody or the case is finalized.Thanks!
QuestionCan you become a bail bondsman with a criminal record?
AttorneyAttorneyExpert AnswerYour local jurisdiction will set the rules concerning the requirements to become a bail bondsman. You must check with your local bail licensing board for their specific rules concerning previous convictions.Thanks!
QuestionI am already licensed. How do I become an independent bondsman working out of my home?
AttorneyAttorneyExpert AnswerIf you are a licensed bondsman, you should check with your local bail bond board to learn the requirements to conduct business in that jurisdiction. In Texas, each county sets their own rules for conducting a bail bond business.Thanks!
QuestionCan I become a bailsman if I have a criminal record?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can depending on the crime involved and whether or not you have a felony. If you are able to have your record expunged you should be able to apply as long as you fully disclose that you were once a felon.Thanks!
QuestionDo I have to have a high school diploma or GED to get licensed?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, but it is best to have a high school diploma or a GED to get licensed.Thanks!
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