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Meet the Requirements
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.
Question: How to become a Bounty Hunter in North Carolina?
Answer: Bounty Hunting in itself is not legal in North Carolina. In order to preform or engage in duties related to the recovery of fugitives or other bail bonding activities, individuals must obtain a bail bonding license, issued by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. Once licensed, duties can vary for licensed bail bondsmen. Some licensed agents preform only duties related to the apprehension of fugitives while others also authorize and sign bail bonds. The term bounty hunting is actually not used in North Carolina. Bail bondsmen and their companies complete all aspects of pretrial services from the signing of bonds to the recovery of defendants.
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