North Carolina Bail Agents Association

How To Get Licensed

How to Get a NC Bail Bondsman's License

A career as a bail agent is indeed an exciting one.  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.

 

One must follow the detailed application process through the North Carolina Department of Insurance to become a bail agentWe 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.

How to Become a Licensed Bail Agent

Step 1

Meet the Requirements

Step 2

Take a Pre-Licensing (PLE) Course with NCBAA

Step 3

Submit an Electronic Application

Step 4

Take and Pass the State Exam

Step 5

Get Your Shield

Step 1: Meet Licensing Qualifications

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.

Prohibited persons from obtaining a Bail Bonds License:·         

  • 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.

Step 2: Take a Pre-Licensing Education (PLE) Course

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.

Class Details

Location: NCBAA offers PLE Classes at various locations across the state; scheduled classes can be found here. Unless otherwise noted, classes are held at the NCBAA Headquarters, located at 1220 Eastchester Dr., Ste 106, High Point, NC 27265. 

 

Wingate by Wyndham offers people attending NCBAA functions a room at the rate of $69.00 per night. Contact the hotel directly at 336-812-8787, to avail this discount, 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.

 

Time: The PLE course is a two-day course. Unless otherwise noted, classes begin at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm on both days. Please arrive by 8:40 am to ensure enough time for check-in. Schedules subject to change or cancellation at any time prior to the class date.

 

What to Bring: Students must bring a photo ID to the PLE class.

 

Classroom Test: Each applicant for a Bail Bond License must attend a PLE 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 PLE test, contact our office to reschedule your test.  Re-tests must be completed within 90 days of the failed exam. At any time prior to the 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 the expiration of certificate). If you do not pass your state exam and took PLE 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 reservations or exams will not be allowed. Failure to take a scheduled class or exam after two absences will result in a required refresher course at a rate of $225.00.

 

Refund/Rescheduling Policy: If you do not plan to attend any PLE class and require a refund, a request must be made in writing (prior to the scheduled class); only 1/2 of the paid tuition is refundable. There is no refund for classes that have been taken by the student. 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.

 

Military Discount: As an expression of gratitude for our military, any PLE class attendee who is a current or former member of the military (honorably discharged) will receive a $100.00 discount from the regular rate of $450. You may attach your DD214 or proof of active status to receive this discount.

 

Note: Military discounts will be processed post verification. To receive the discount, attach a copy of your DD214 or proof of active US Military Status. Your discount will be processed in the form of a $50 refund. 

Step 3: Electronic Application

Submit an electronic application by completing/uploading all required documentation and paying licensing application fees

 

As of December 18, 2012, all bail bonding applications are to be submitted electronically to the North Carolina Department of Insurance, through the North Carolina License Management System (NCLMS). Applicants for initial or additional bail bond licenses must follow the step listed in the Candidate Guide – March 2018 when applying through the NCLMS system.

 

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.  The PLE course covers information about all license applications and is designed for students with no knowledge of bail bond laws. 

Surety Bail Bondsman Application                                $263.00

Surety Bail Bondsman Application Processing Fee    $ 48.00

Total Fee Required at the time of application             $311.00

**The examination fee of $51.50 is in addition to these fees and is paid at the time of registration for the examination.


A surety bail bondsman is appointed by an insurer by power of attorney to execute or countersign bail bonds for the insurer in connection with judicial proceedings and receives consideration for writing the bail bonds. Surety bondsmen sign using “powers,” which are provided by an insurance company.

MOST COMMON TYPE OF BAIL BONDING LICENSE.

Bail Bond Runner Application                                        $183.00

Bail Bond Runner Application Processing Fee            $ 48.00

Total Fee Required at the time of application             $231.00

**The examination fee of $51.50 is in addition to these fees and is paid at the time of registration for the examination.


NOTE: A Runner license allows a bondsman to work under a professional bail bondsmen. This is not a “Bounty Hunters License.” Runner’s Licenses holds the same authority as a Surety Bondsman License with the exception that the runner executes bail bonds using the professional bondsman’s security. Professional bondsmen put up personal cash or other approved securities with the Department of Insurance, which acts as security on the bonds signed. 

Professional Bail Bondsman Application                                    $263.00

Professional Bail Bondsman Application Processing Fee       $ 48.00

Total Fee Required at the time of application                            $311.00

**The examination fee of $51.50 is in addition to these fees and is paid at the time of registration for the examination.

Upon successful completion of the professional bail bond exam, a security deposit must be established by the applicant in a US bank authorized by the commissioner to hold the security in an amount no less than fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) prior to the professional bondsman license issuance (refer to the back of this guide). The professional bail bond license will be mailed by the department once the custodial bank confirms the deposit. If the required fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) security deposit with the custodial bank is not completed within six months of the examination date, the professional bail bondsman applicant’s application will be withdrawn for failure to complete license requirements.

NOTE: A professional bail bondsman pledges cash or approved securities with the commissioner as security for bail bonds written in connection with a judicial proceeding and receives a bail bond premium in exchange for writing the bail bonds.

Step 4: State exam

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 with 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. 

Step 5: Receive your Bail Bonding License

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, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Applicants for initial licensing will need a supervising agent for one year.

Pearson VUE Contact Information

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 
E-MAIL: NorthCarolinaLicensingOffice@pearson.com  
US MAIL:
NC Licensing Office of Pearson VUE
PO Box 14209
Raleigh, NC 27620    FAX: 919-313-4706

North Carolina Licensing Examination Bail Bond Candidates Guide

Bounty Hunting in North Carolina

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.