Any qualified agent or agency that posts insurance surety bail bonds in Washington must have a license from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (RCW 48.17.060).
There is no standard contract with sureties. Each perspective qualified agent must negotiate their contract with an approved surety company.
On request, the Washington State Bail Agents Association (WSBAA) can provide a list of Bail Bond Sureties that have a Certificate of Authority (RCW 48.05.030) in Washington. For information and insurance applications:
A notary public is an impartial witness to the identity, signature, and statement of the person appearing before the notary. Notaries are appointed officials in and for the state of Washington. They are expected to know and comply with RCW 42.44.
We issue notary public licenses. The fee is $30 for a 4-year appointment and doesn’t require exams.
WSBAA advises bail agents to obtain a notary public appointment and attend an instructional seminar before performing notary acts as a bail agent. WSBAA can put you in contact with organizations offering these seminars. For notary appointment information and applications please contact:
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9027
Olympia, WA 98507-9027