How to get your license: Bail bond recovery agent
Who needs a license?
Anyone who is paid to apprehend criminal defendants for whom bail bonds have been posted.
All bail bond recovery agents must:
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
- Have no 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.
- Get fingerprinted for state and national background checks:
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.
- A copy of your concealed pistol license.
How to apply
- Prepare your documents for upload: a copy of your concealed pistol license.
- Create your SAW account to apply and pay your fees online.
Send the following:
- Completed Bail Bond Recovery Agent License Application
- Copy of your current concealed pistol license
- Check or money order for the fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).
Department of Licensing
Business and Professions Division
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.