Get your license: Bail bond recovery agent

Learn what the requirements are to become a bail bond recovery agent and how to apply for a license.

Who needs a license?

Anyone who tracks down and captures fugitives who have violated a surety or bail bond agreement.

How to apply

Follow the steps below to get your bail bond recovery agent license.

1. Meet the requirements

All bail bond agents must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Be employed by, or have a job offer from, a licensed bail bond agency.
  • Have no convictions in the past 10 years that directly relate to the ability to perform bail bond agent duties or that hinder public safety.
  • Complete the training requirements.
  • Pass a written exam or have 12 hours of pre-license training as described in WAC 308-19-300.
  • If posting surety bonds:
    • Have an active Surety Producer License issued through the Office of Insurance Commissioner with all affiliations up to date.
  • If only posting property bonds:
    • Have a list of the names of each court that has given approval for the placing of property bonds.

2. Gather the necessary documents

3. Submit your application

Submit your application online

Create your SAW account or log in to apply and pay your application fee online.

Submit your application by mail

Mail your forms and a check or money order (payable to the Department of Licensing) for the application fee:
Bail Bond Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

Related information

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. Learn more about using your military training to meet professional license requirements.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. Learn more about getting reimbursed for fees.

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