Watch this video to learn how to become a bail bondsman. A bail bondsman is someone who provides the funds for bail, enabling the release of defendants before trial. The bond release also gives the defendants the opportunity and time to prepare a compelling defense.
Although becoming a bail bondsman varies from state to state, many eligibility requirements are standard across most states. You must be 18 years old and have a high school certificate or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) to apply for a license. In most places, becoming a bondsman requires only a high school diploma as the minimum level of education; however, it is highly recommended that you earn an associate’s degree in criminal justice.
You should also have finished a pre-licensing course and earn a passing grade on the state’s license exam. The pre-licensing education needs to be a minimum of 12 hours and must be with an approved provider. In addition, you should have adequate financial resources to fulfill any surety obligations and have the backing of a surety firm. The application process for becoming a bail bondsman often entails submitting an application to your local government officials along with the necessary supporting papers.