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

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. Learn how to set up account access. If you need help with the new service, please contact your professional licensing program.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Who needs a license?

Anyone who offers bail bond services.


All company owners, partners, or agents must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • Have no convictions in the past 10 years that directly relate to your ability to perform your duties or hinder public safety.
  • Have a physical business location in Washington State.
  • Have a valid business license with Department of Revenue.

If your agency is a corporation you must have:

  • A copy of articles of incorporation.
  • A list of officers, departments, and their addresses.

What you'll need

  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.
    • If you don't have one, you'll be able to create one before you start.
    • For help visit How to set up account access.
  • Copies of your bond documents.
  • Written certifications from previous employers if applying using experience.

How to apply

Apply online

  • Prepare your documents for upload:
    • Copies of bond documents
    • Written certifications if using experience
  • Create or use your SAW account to apply and pay your fees online.
Apply online

Apply by mail

Send the following:

  • Completed Bail Bond Agency/Branch Office License Application
  • Written certifications, if using experience
    • If you don't provide proof, you'll be scheduled for an exam within 3 weeks after we've received your paid application.
  • $10,000 surety bond
  • Check or money order for the application fee (payable to the Department of Licensing)
  • 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

Mail to:

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

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.

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