Usually the first phase a person interested in obtaining a bail bond certificate would take is to find a local bail school to sign up for training. Each state prescribes the specific courses to be completed for certification and licensing, as well as the number of training hours it requires before the candidate qualifies for a bail bond licence. Connecticut Bail Bonds Group is one of the authority sites on this topic.
The candidate can move on to the second step of the agent licensing process after successfully completing the required training and passing the certification exam: submitting an application to the Department of Insurance Office in the future bondman’s state. Application forms for the license, which is officially known as the License of a Limited Surety Agent, can generally be accessed online. Some states also mandate that new agents work for a prescribed period of time (generally not exceeding one year) under an already licensed bail bondman before qualifying for full licensing.
You will also need to fingerprint prospective bail agents and pass a background check before you receive a license.
Once licensed, agents should be prepared to meet the requirements of their states to keep their bail bond license current, as some states require a specific minimum number of continuing education hours per year for renewal of bail bond licences.
A bail bond license gives an agent all the rights and responsibilities prescribed to fulfill the role of bail agent in each individual state. Since these can vary significantly by state, research into the specific rights and responsibilities of agents in their own states is important for a license applicant. While several jurisdictions do not allow commercial bail at all, others allow for licensed bail agents (i.e. agents using their own funds to obtain a bond, rather than the assets of the convicted person or members of his / her family).
The rights commonly given by most states to agents with a valid license are as follows:-the freedom to post bail on behalf of convicted individuals-the ability to demand a service fee dependent on a fixed percentage of the bond sum specified under state law (generally 10-15 percent)-the right to monitor the whereabouts of the client at all times to ensure that the client remains in c