Becoming a Bail Bondsman

September 16th, 2014

When it comes to needing a bail bondsman, the process can be stressful. Someone you know is in jail, and you want to get them out as soon as you can. It is important to know that the person handling the bail bond process for it is someone who is qualified to do so. So what does it take to be the one behind the desk helping get a loved one out of jail for you? It takes a good bit more than just making out an application.

  • The bail bondsman must be at least 18 years of age, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • They must be a United States citizen or be a legal alien, and a resident of that state.
  • Three reputable citizens who are residents of the same counties as the bail bondsman will be working for must vouch for him or her.
  • The applicant was never convicted of a felony, or a crime involving turpitude (Depravity, wickedness), or a crime punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more.
  • They must pass the required examination and a required background check.
  • Law enforcement officers can not be a bail bondsman, neither can jailers, attorneys, or anyone employed by someone with custody or control over prisoners.
  • The applicant will receive a temporary bail bond license and must complete the provisions of that license before applying for a limited surety agent, the official title of the license required to be a bail bondsman.

These are the requirements for being a bail bondsman in the state of Florida. The requirements come with very few exceptions. If you have been convicted but have gained back your civil rights, you are still incapable of being a bail bondsman. This strict system helps make sure that the one handling the bail process is certified, trustworthy, and capable of helping others in their time of need. If you find yourself in need of a bail bondsman, remember Alliance Bail Bonds.

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