Training requirements: Bail bond recovery agent

See the training requirements to get licensed as a bail bond recovery agent.

Civil or criminal law

You may self-study or take public or private training on the following topics:

  • State laws on bail regulations
  • Constitutional law
  • Procedures for surrendering defendants into custody
  • Procedures for exoneration
  • Civil liability
  • Civil rights of people in custody
  • Basic principles of identifying and locating defendants, including public records, confidentiality, and surveillance
  • Contracts
  • Powers of a bail bond recovery agent

Read about the bail bond recovery agent exam for a complete study guide with links to the laws you need to know.

Field operations

You may take public or private training on the following topics:

  • Using force and degrees of force, including verbal
  • Safety techniques
  • Entering and searching buildings
  • Custody and transportation of prisoners, including people who are violent, emotionally disturbed, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Defensive tactics
  • Using restraints or handcuffs

Exception for trained peace officers

In place of field operations training, you may submit proof you have completed peace officer training within the last 6 years for a:

  • Municipality
  • State
  • Federal law enforcement agency
  • Branch of the armed forces


You must submit proof of training certification for each of these tools:

  • Taser X26 or M26
  • Baton (expandable, straight stick, or side handle)
  • Oleoresin capsicum (OC) sprays or foams rated at 100,000 to 2,000,000 Scoville Heat Units

Note: You can find trainers and instructors by searching the internet. We recommend you verify their credentials before using their services.


You must take firearms training from a Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) firearms training instructor and be certified through CJTC.

If you plan to carry a firearm while on the job, you must have a current firearm certification from CJTC.

Note: We don't certify specific training facilities or trainers to provide bail bond recovery agent training.

Submit your proof of training

If you're applying for your license online, you can upload proof that you've completed the training requirements. If you're applying by mail, include your proof documents with your paper application. See how to get your bail bond recovery agent license for more information.

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