Jeff Downer As a licensed Indiana bail agent I have received so many inquiries from people curious about the process of becoming a bail bondsman that I decided to provide a primer on how to go about it.
The first thing to know is that bail bondsmen in almost every state are regulated (usually by that state’s department of insurance) and exact requirements for securing a bail bondsman’s license will vary from state to state. In this instance we are dealing only with Indiana’s licensing requirements.
Per the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI), obtaining an Indiana bail agent license requires a completed application form and the following
All applications must include:
- A recent digital full face photograph and your signature on the specimen sheet to be included on your license. If you prefer, pictures can be taken in our office by appointment only.
- Certified fingerprint card from local law enforcement, or a receipt from L-1 Identify Solutions showing that you have been fingerprinted.
- Recent Credit Bureau Report (Free): http://www.annualcreditreport.com/
- Criminal History Check completed by Indiana State Police.
- Photo copies of other Professional Licenses that you hold.
- Application fee of $650 (check or money order).
- Completion Certificate for 12 credit hours of Pre-Licensing Education.
- Passing test results.
In addition there is is a $100 testing fee.
After these requirements are met (assuming no disqualifying conditions exist) and a contract with a licensed surety insurance provider is secured, the bail agent license will be issued.
Once a licensed is awarded it must be renewed every two years by completing continuing education requirements and paying a $650 renewal fee.
Here is the link to contact the IDOI for application forms and further information.