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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.

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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