A career as a bail agent is indeed an exciting profession. As an industry, we are dedicated to training top-notch, professional bail agents. Because we view ourselves as a player in North Carolina’s justice system, the bail agents we train need to be prepared to interact with other professionals on a day-to-day basis.
To become a bail agent, one must follow the detailed application process through the North Carolina Department of Insurance. We believe this process adds to the professionalism of our industry and allows for qualified individuals to become bail agents. More information can be found in the North Carolina Licensing Examination Bail Bond Candidates Guide.
As you begin this process, please contact us if you have questions or need guidance. We are available as a resource to you. Click here to register or view scheduled Pre-Licensing "PLE" Courses.
Meet the Requirements
Take a Pre-Licensing
Submit an Electronic Application
Take and Pass the State Exam
Get your Shield
Register and complete the Pre-Licensing (PLE) Course with the North Carolina Bail Agents Association. The PLE Course is a two-day class which includes a classroom test. Available classes will be listed below until they are at capacity. WALK-INS ARE WELCOME but must arrive by 8:45 am. If a class reaches capacity or is rescheduled, it will be removed from the website by 5:00 pm on the Friday afternoon before the class.
Once your application is completed and approved by the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI), Applicants will receive a letter/notification from NCDOI permitting them to schedule and take that state exam at a Pearson Vue Testing Facility.
The applicant will be provided his/her score once the exam has been completed and NCDOI will be notified. Pearson Vue staff will take your photo for your bail bonding identification.
Once the student passes the exam and is approved by NCDOI, the student will receive his/her licenses within 10 to 12 business days from the examination date. The Bail Bonding License(s) will be mailed to the bail agent. Status of the licensure can be checked on the “Individual Lookup for License Status”. If you do not receive your license(s) within the 10-12 business days, you can call the Bail Bond Regulatory Division at the North Carolina Department of Insurance at 919-807-6850, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Applicants for initial licensing will need a supervising agent for one year.
Bail Agent can order their Shields Here.
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:
North Carolina Licensing Examination Bail Bond Candidates Guide
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. To obtain your NC bail bonding license, please refer to the steps above.
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