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Frequently Asked Questions

Any major bill (lights, water, telephone, tax document, etc) can be used for proof of residency/address.

Yes. As stated in the North Carolina General Statute §58-71-105, the following individuals are prohibited from being licensed as a bail bondsman and/or bail bond runner:

  • Sheriff
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Other law enforcement officer
  • Judicial officer
  • Attorney
  • Parole officer
  • Probation officer
  • Jailer
  • Assistant jailer
  • Employee of the General Court of Justice
  • Any public employee assigned to duties relating to the administration of the criminal justice
  • Any spouse of such person

The fees required with bail bond license applications are as follows:

  • Bail Bond Runner $183.00.
  • Surety Bail Bondsman $263.00.
  • Professional Bail Bondsman $263.00.

Upon receipt of a complete application, Agent Services Division will be able to review your application for licensure within a 30-45 day timeframe. The processing timeframe is contingent on the results from the national criminal record check of the applicant’s fingerprints being received in a timely manner.

In accordance with NC General Statute §58-71-70, you must pass the licensing examination. An exam fee of $56.50 is required at the time the examination reservation is made with the Department’s testing vendor Pearson Vue.

No. Bounty hunting and bail enforcement are not legal in North Carolina. Any person conducting bail bond business in the state must hold a license issued by the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

Generally it takes 45 business days if your fingerprints were rolled and 14 business days if they were sent electronically.

Information on approved bail bond pre-licensing education providers is available on the Department’s website at

All first year licensees must have a supervising bondsman.

To keep your license in force you must comply with all of the following requirements:

  • Complete three hours of continuing education each year.
  • Complete the even or odd renewal requirements in accordance with North Carolina General Statute 58-71-75.
  • Act in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes and the North Carolina Administrative Code.
  • A first-year licensee shall only operate under the supervision of and from the official business address of a licensed supervising bail bondsman for the first 12 months of licensure.
  • A first-year licensee may be employed or contracted with only one supervising bondsman and is prohibited from becoming a supervising bail bondsman during the first two years of licensure.
  • If the employment contract with a first-year licensee is terminated, the supervising bail bondsman must immediately notify the Commissioner in writing, specifying the reason(s) for termination.
  • If a first-year licensee is unable to become employed by or contract with a new supervising bail bondsman, the first-year licensee must submit to the Department a sworn affidavit stating the relevant facts and circumstances regarding the first-year licensee’s inability to find a new supervisor. The Department will review the affidavit and determine whether the first-year licensee bail bondsman will be allowed to operate as an unsupervised bail bondsman.
Contact Amistad & Associates today and let’s talk about how we can help you become a bail bonds agent in North Carolina.