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

Who needs a license?

You must have a bail bond agency/branch office license if your business offers bail bond services.


To get a bail bond agency/branch office license, all company owners, partners, or agents must be:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • A United States citizen or resident alien.

You must also have the following:

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

What you’ll need

  • A completed Bail Bond Agency/Branch Office License Application.
  • The application fee (check or money order payable to the Department of Licensing).
  • Proof of 3 years’ experience as a manager, supervisor, or administrator in the bail bond business or related field.
    • If you don’t provide proof of experience, we’ll schedule you for an examination within 3 weeks of receiving your paid application.
  • A $10,000 surety bond.
  • If you write property bonds, the names of the courts 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 the build-up fund is in.
  • If your agency is a corporation:
    • A copy of articles of incorporation
    • A list of officers and departments and their addresses.

How to apply

Send your completed application with any required attachments and a check or money order for the fee to:

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

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