How to get your license: Bail bond recovery agent

Due to facility issues, this licensing program has limited operations. There may be delays in responding to requests. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’re working toward resuming all business operations as soon as possible.

Who needs a license?

Anyone who is paid to apprehend criminal defendants for whom bail bonds have been posted.

Requirements

All bail bond recovery agents must:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Have no criminal convictions that directly relate to their ability to perform the duties of a bail bond recovery agent or that hinders public safety.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or proof of 3 years’ experience in the bail industry.
  • Complete the bail bond recovery agent training requirements.
  • Pass an exam covering the training topics. We’ll schedule your exam at the location you choose within 3 weeks of receiving your paid application. See also: Exams.

How to apply

  1. Submit all of the following: Mail to:
    State of Washington
    Department of Licensing
    Business and Professions Division
    PO Box 35001
    Seattle, WA 98124–3401
  2. Get fingerprinted for state and national background checks.
    • Inside Washington: Go to www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust, our electronic fingerprinting vendor. You will pay IdentoGO for taking your fingerprints and for the background checks required for your license type.
    • Outside Washington: Call the Bail Bond program at 360.664.6611 for fingerprint card submission instructions.
    • For more details, see Fingerprinting and background checks.

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

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