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 ten 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
- Complete Bail Bond Agent License Application
- Surety insurance information
3. Submit your application
Submit your application 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