Bounty Hunting is not legal in North Carolina. Any person conducting bail bond business or who wishes to engage in fugitive recovery activities must hold a bail bond license issued by the North Carolina Department of Insurance.
Obtaining a Bail Bond License and Prelicensing Information
Call 919-832-0867 for more details or
check below for dates.
Cost Breakdown for Obtaining a License:
These are the costs for items listed in legislation. There may be other costs. This should be discussed with your Supervising Agent. This class covers information about all license applications and is designed for students with no knowledge of bail bond laws.
Prelicensing Class Tuition:
$450 (two day class including classroom test)
$231 – Runner License (works for a Professional Bondsman)
$311 – Surety Bondsman License
State Bail Bond License Exam:
All classes are held at NCBAA Headquarters unless otherwise noted. The headquarters office is located at 1220 Eastchester Dr., Ste 106, High Point, NC 27265. You may download and print out the form below for registration or register online.
2018-2019 PLE REGISTRATION FORM
Registrations may be mailed with MO or Certified Check to 1220 Eastchester Dr., Ste 104, High Point, NC 27265, faxed with Credit Card information to 1-866-249-7020, emailed with Credit Card information to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can register online-all registrations are due by 12:00 pm two days before the class date you wish to attend.
If you do not plan to attend any PLE class and require a refund, a request must be made in writing and only 1/2 of the paid tuition is refundable. There is no refund for a class that has been taken. If you do not take the class for which you are scheduled, you may request to attend a future class within six months of the original class date.
Need to spend the night in High Point? Wingate by Wyndham offers people attending NCBAA functions a room rate of $69.00 per night. To get this discount, contact the hotel directly at 336-812-8787 and mention that you want the NCBAA Discounted Room Rate. The hotel is less than 10 minutes from the office and is easy access to I-40.
Each applicant for a Bail Bond License must attend a Prelicensing Class and pass a comprehensive PLE test that is given on the second day of the session in order to receive their PLE certificate of completion. PLE Certificates are valid for six months from the date the class is successfully completed.
Pass/Fail notification for the PLE class test as well as the exam score will be emailed to the email address provided by the individual student within 48 hours of your class. If you do not receive your grade, check your SPAM/JUNK folder and then contact NCBAA at 919-832-0867.
If you did not pass your Prelicensing test, contact our office to reschedule your test. Re-tests must be completed within 90 days of failed exam. At any time prior to expiration of your certificate you may take a refresher course for free. If your certificate expires (valid for 6 months), you may retake the class for 1/2 price (class must be scheduled within 6 months of expiration of certificate). If you do not pass your state exam and you took prelicensing class from NCBAA previously, you may take another class for FREE within one year of taking the state exam. Repeated rescheduling (more than twice) of class reservation or exam will not be allowed. Failure to take scheduled class or exam after two absences will result in a required refresher course at a rate of $225.00.
Weekend classes are for 8:40 am to 5:00 pm. The comprehensive test will be on Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Prelicensing class requirements and location:
- As of July 1, 2002, you must attend the prelicensing class prior to applying for a license
- Pre-registration and a photo ID are required for all classes
- Refunds must be requested in writing prior to class. Only 1/2 of tuition is refundable
- There is no refund for a class that has been taken.
Prelicensing classes are held at:
NCBAA, 1220 Eastchester Dr., Ste 106, High Point, NC 27265 from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day and at
various locations around the state as indicated on the schedule under the tab "Prelicensing"
Following are the qualifications for obtaining a Bail Bond License according to North Carolina General Statute §58-71-50:
1. You must be a resident of the state of North Carolina for at least six consecutive months before making application for a bail bondsman and/or bail bond runner license.
2. You must be at least 21 years of age.
3. Have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent
4. Have knowledge, training, or experience of sufficient duration and extent to provide the competence necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a licensee.
5. Have no outstanding bail bond obligations
6. Have no current or prior violations of Article 71 of Chapter 58 of the North Carolina General Statutes or of Article 26 of Chapter 15A of the North Carolina General Statutes.
7. Not have been in any manner disqualified under North Carolina law or any other state to engage in the bail bond business.
8. Hold a valid and current North Carolina driver’s license or valid North Carolina identification card issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Additional considerations for someone wishing to apply for a Bail Bond License according to North Carolina General Statute §NCGS 58-71-105:
Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute §NCGS 58-71-80 (b), the following does not meet the licensing qualifications:
• Sheriff, deputy sheriff, other law enforcement officer, judicial official, attorney, parole officer, probation officer, jailer, assistance jailer, employee of the General Court of Justice, nor any other public employee assigned to duties relating to
the administration of the criminal justice, nor the spouse of any such person.
• A person who is or has ever been convicted of a felony.
• A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor drug violation within the previous 24 months.
As of December 18, 2012, All Applications Are Submitted Electronically.
The North Carolina License Management System (NCLMS) is now ready to accept electronic applications for initial or additional bail bond licenses. All applicants for a bail bond license must now complete an electronic application through NCLMS. The electronic application has been designed to increase the efficiency and speed of the licensing process for bail bond applicants.There is a new Bail Bond Candidate Guide posted on the website in the following location: New Candidate Guide - March 2018. Click here for the online license application on the Department of Insurance website.
You can also get answers to your questions about the new process by contacting the North Carolina Licensing Office of Pearson VUE directly for assistance:
PHONE (Toll Free): 866-265-6329
NC Licensing Office of Pearson VUE
PO Box 14209
Raleigh, NC 27620o FAX: 919-313-4706
The applicant will still need a supervising agent for one year and be required to take a Prelicensing Class.