When a loved one ends up in jail, we go to great lengths to get them out as soon as possible. With the rise of bail bondsmen nowadays, getting them out of prison has become easier than ever. Not only do bail bondsmen serve as guarantors for bail bonds, but they also enable falsely-accused individuals to get back to society as quickly as possible. They also generate income from being a reliable bail bondsman as long as they are competent enough to be hired again. However, being a bail bondsman is no easy feat and will require some preparations.
To be a legitimate bail bondsman (recognized by the court), one must obtain a license from your respective country’s licensing department. The requirements of the license vary per country, but typically the applicant must be at least 21 years old, without any current bail bonds, and possess at least a high school diploma. He must also have a clean criminal record and must not hold any position in law enforcement such as deputy sheriff, police officer, or attorney. Generally, individuals with jobs related to criminal justice and the spouses of those with law enforcement positions are not allowed to become a bail bondsman.
Once the applicant is eligible, he must take pre-licensing courses which can span for two days. These classes will brief them regarding the basics of their responsibilities as guarantors of bail bonds and what they must do in case their defendant defaults on their bail. Depending on your location, several bail bondsmen organizations provide these training. For instance, in North Carolina, the NC Bail Agents Association holds these specialized training at specific dates throughout the year.
Aside from taking classes, the applicant must also accomplish a fingerprint background check. The application process will also vary depending on your location. In North Carolina, the process can be done by finishing the fingerprint release form which was taken from their licensing department. You must go through the fingerprint processing first, after which you can now take the licensing courses. That way, your fingerprint background is already processing while you are taking the classes. This strategy is the best option since the validation process for fingerprinting usually takes a long time.
After finishing your courses and getting your fingerprint background check, you can proceed to apply for a bail bondsman license. Your area’s respective licensing department will issue a final exam which will typically cost around $60. This test will cover topics on the basics of court and bail. If you fail the exam, you will have to wait for a year before retaking it. Once you pass, the department can issue your license, and you are now a legitimate bail bondsman. The expiration of the license will also depend on your location, so be aware of the department’s policies on licensing so you will know when to re-apply for another license.