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Division Director

Greg Thomas


Insurance Agent and Agency Services
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
Bureau of Licensing
(850) 413-3137
Bureau of Investigation
(850) 413-3136
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Compliance Information

Bail Bond Agencies

Agency Name

It is typically not required to seek the Department’s approval of your agency name. However, the use of a name that would be misleading or deceptive in any way should be avoided. Names chosen should not imply that the agency is an insurance company (including bail bond and surety companies), governmental agency, or any other national or state organization. They should also not imply a reduced rate of premium or have the word "free" in it. Any bail bond agent who intends to conduct business under any business name, other than his or her own individual name, is required to file form DFS-H2-1541 with us before they may operate or advertise. Please see 648.44(6), F.S.

Agency Sign Required

Your agency must have a sign to be in compliance with the law. The sign must be visible from the street to identify the location of your agency to the public. If your agency is located in a corporate office building, the agency must be listed in the building's business directory.

Attorneys and Bail Bond Agencies

Attorneys may not own or operate a bail bond agency. Bail bond agents and agencies may not refer business to an attorney or group of attorneys.

Primary Bail Bond Agent

You are required to have a primary bail bond agent for each agency you own and for each location of your bail bond agency in accordance with section 648.387, F.S. The primary agent must be a licensed bail bond agent (2-34,limited surety or 2-35, professional) and may not be the designated primary agent for more than one location.

The primary bail bond agent form can be found here: DFS-H2-1541

Power of Attorney

Power of attorney forms used for the purpose of writing bail bonds in the state of Florida may only be used if the sample copy has been filed by the insurer with, and approved by, the Office of Insurance Regulation. See section 648.43(1), F.S. (revised July 1, 2014)

Requirements

Bail bond agencies must be owned by licensed and appointed bail bond agents only. The bail bond agency must file the name of the agency with the department, along with the name and license number of the bail bond agent designated as the primary bail bond agent. In addition, the agency must be open and accessible to the public for at least 8 hours during the normal work day, which is defined as 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays.

All bail bond agents who are members of the same agency must be appointed to represent the same surety companies (insurers). Also, if any agent of a bail bond agency is licensed and appointed as a professional bail bond agent, all the agents in the agency must be licensed as one. Please see section 648.55, F.S.

The following persons would not be allowed to be a bail bond agency owner nor be employed at a bail bond agency. Refer to sections 648.285, F.S. and 648.44(2), F.S.

  • Jailers or persons employed in any jail
  • Police officers or employees of a law enforcement agency
  • Judges, employees of a court, or employees of the clerk of any court
  • Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs or employees of any sheriff’s department
  • Attorneys
  • Persons having the power to arrest or persons who have authority over or control of prisoners
  • Any person who has been convicted or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Any person who previously had their license to be a limited surety (bail bond) agent, temporary bail bond agent or professional bail bond agent revoked.