RESIDENT PROFESSIONAL BAIL BOND AGENT
TYPE AND CLASS:
2-37 Professional Bail Bond
Florida Statutes 648.25 defines a “Professional Bail Bond Agent”
as any person who pledges United States currency, United States
postal money orders or cashier’s check as security for a bail bond
in connection with a judicial proceeding and receives or is promised
therefore money or things of value.
- Complete an online application for License and submit
Apply for license
- Must have obtained a Temporary license for Limited Surety
Agent or Professional Bail Bond Agent and have worked under that
license for at least 12 months prior to applying for this
permanent license pursuant to s. 648.355, Florida Statutes.
- Be a natural person at least 18 years of age and hold a high
school diploma or its equivalent.
- Be a resident of the state of Florida.
- Be a United States citizen or legal alien who possesses a
work authorization from the United States Immigration and
- You must be fingerprinted. [Click here and follow the instructions]
- Must submit a recent credential-sized, full-face photograph.
- Be a person of high character and approved integrity and has
never been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a
felony, a crime involving moral turpitude, or a crime punishable
by imprisonment of 1 year or more under the law of any state,
territory or country whether or not a judgment or conviction is
- Must have a place of business located in this state and in
the county where the applicant will maintain his or her records
and be actively engaged in the bail bond business and maintain
an agency accessible to the public which is open for reasonable
- Be vouched for and recommended upon statements filed with
the Department by at least (3) reputable citizens who are
residents of the same counties in which the applicant proposes
to engage in the bail bond business. This is sent in with the
temporary license application; however, if the person has
changed counties, they must furnish new statements on Form DFS H2 1500
- Must file with his or her application for licensure and with
each application for renewal or continuation of his or her
- Must file the rating plan proposed for use in writing bail
bond and a detailed, sworn financial statement, using forms
approved by the Department. The department prior to issuance of
the license must approve such rating plan and financial
[Form for rate filing,
Form for financial statement].
- The applicant must pass the required examination.
- A person who fails an examination three times must retake the 120-hour course and obtain a grade of 80 percent or higher before sitting for the examination again. [Section 648.381, Florida Statutes]
- Applicant cannot be any of the following:
- Jailer or persons employed in any jail.
- Police officers or employees of any police department or law
- Committing magistrates, employees of a court, or employees
of the Clerk of Court.
- Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs or employees of any sheriffs
- Person having the power to arrest or person who have
authority over or control of federal, state, county, or