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How to get your license: Bail bond agency/branch office

Who needs a license?

Anyone you offers bail bond services.

Requirements

To get this license, all company owners, partners, or agents must be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen or resident alien and have:

  • No criminal convictions in the past 10 years that directly relate to your ability to perform your duties or hinder public safety.
  • A physical business location in Washington State.
  • A valid business license with Business Licensing Service.

What you’ll need

  • Bail Bond Agency/Branch Office License Application.
  • Fee – check or money order payable to Dept of Licensing.
  • 3 years' proof that you’ve been a manager, supervisor, or administrator in bail bond business or related field.
    • If you don’t provide proof, you’ll be scheduled for an exam within 3 weeks after we’ve received your paid application.
  • A $10,000 surety bond.
  • If you write property bonds – Court names that have given approval for the placing of property bonds.
  • If you write surety bail bonds:
    • The name and address of the surety.
    • The attorney in fact.
    • The name that the build-up fund is in.
  • If your agency is a corporation:
    • A copy of articles of incorporation
    • A list of officers, departments and their addresses.

How to apply

Mail application, any required attachments and payment to:

Bail Bond Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

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