Texas laws regulate the qualifications and licensing requiring for bail bondsmen. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen residing in Texas who is at least 18 years old and has never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. A corporation can also be a licensed bail bondsman if it is chartered or admitted to do business in the state and qualifies under the Texas Insurance Code to write fidelity, surety and guaranty bonds. See Title 1. Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 17 in full context below.
A person applying for a new license must work for a bail bond business for 12 continuous months full time and have documentation to prove it and must have 8 hours of Continuing Education within the last 24 months. This would apply in a Bail Bond Board County. This is the work requirements only!!!
The Financial Requirements are as follows for: Bail Bond BOARD Counties
A person in these counties must apply at the Sheriff's office in that county and comply with the regulations of each counties sheriff.
In Most case an applicant will have to put up a financial statement to secure the bonds they write with that counties department.
NOTE: All License Bondsman in the State of Texas must take the Continuing Education Classes 24 months prior to their application for a new license or before their renewal of their existing license.
(In a Bail Bondsmen "COUNTY BOARD" County) - -Before you can apply to become a licensed bail bondsman, you will have to complete an apprenticeship under a licensed Texas bondsman.
The application for professional bail bondsman license must be submitted to the County Bail Bond Board (if applicable) or the state. The application must include:
If... there is a County Bail Bond Board:
A bail bondsman is a person qualified by the legal system to post bail on a specific inmate, using the bondsman's personal assets to underwrite the bail, on behalf of someone who wants the inmate freed but cannot post bail. In return, a bail bondsman often charges a percentage of the bail posted for the inmate. State certified bail bondsmen often have the same powers as insurance agents. To earn their certification, bail bondsmen are usually required to earn their high school diploma and take anywhere from 8 to 20 hours of state accredited bail bondsman instruction. (Texas requires 8 Hours).
Basic educational requirements for individuals looking to become bail bondsmen usually consist of a high school diploma or its equivalency. Also, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age or older. Other basic eligibility criteria includes submitting a copy of your valid driver's license; you will also have to undergo a background check and have your fingerprints on record with your local law enforcement agency.
Rules on bail bondsman educational requirements vary from state to state. Some states, including Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, have no process for certifying bail bondsmen but, Texas does. Contact the Department of Insurance or the state governmental agency that licenses insurance professionals to find out any educational requirements needed to become a bail bondsman. Most states require ATLEAST 8 hours (as does Texas) of classroom instruction in bail bondsmen procedures and protocol before allowing an individual to become a certified bail bondsman. In SOME STATES, professional bondsmen must complete 20 hours of department-approved training.
The Court allows bail bondsmen to bail a defendant out of jail by signature.