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How to get your license: Bail bond recovery agent

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 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 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.
  • A copy of your concealed pistol license.

How to apply

Online

  • Prepare your documents for upload: a copy of your concealed pistol license.
  • Create your SAW account to apply and pay your fees online.
Apply online

By mail

Send the following:

Mail to:

State of Washington
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 Get paid back for test fees.

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