TEMPORARY RESIDENT LIMITED SURETY AGENT
TYPE AND CLASSES:
T2-35 Temporary Resident Limited Surety
Agent (Bail Bond Agent)
Florida Statutes 648.25 (8) defines a
"TEMPORARY BAIL BOND AGENT" as a person
employed by a bail bond agent or agency,
insurer or managing general agent, and such
licensee has the same authority as a
licensed bail bond agent, including
presenting defendants in court,
apprehending, arresting, and surrendering
defendants to the proper authorities, while
accompanied by a supervising bail bond agent
or an agent from the same agency; and
keeping defendants under necessary
surveillance. However, a temporary licensee
may not execute or sign bonds, handle
collateral receipts, or deliver bonds to
appropriate authorities. A temporary
licensee may not operate an agency or branch
agency separate from the location of the
supervising bail bond agent, managing
general agent or insurer by whom the
licensee is employed.
Applicant cannot be any of the
- Jailer or persons employed in any jail.
- Police officers or employees of any
police department or law enforcement agency.
- Committing magistrates, employees of a
court, or employees of the Clerk of Court.
- Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs or
employees of any sheriffs department.
- Person having the power to arrest or
person who have authority over or control of
federal, state, county, or municipal
- No convicted felon may hold a bail bond license.
- Complete an online application for
License and submit appropriate fees.
Apply for license
- 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
- 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]
- If licensed in another state within
three years, provide a Letter of
- Successfully completed 120-hours of
an approved basic certification course
in the criminal justice system, making a
grade of not less than 80 percent
approved by the Department (Must
be completed within the last four years)
Click here to find a course;
- Successfully completed a
correspondence course approved by the
Department. This course is offered by
the University of Florida (352) 392-1711
(Must be completed within the
last four years)
Click here to find a course;
- Applicant must be employed at the
time of licensure and at all times
throughout the temporary license by only
one licensed and appointed supervising
bail bond agent.
- Applicant and supervising bail bond
agent must each file an affidavit under
form DFS-H2-1509, verifying the required
employment of the temporary agent before
issuance of the license.
See "Special Notes" below regarding Bail Bond Appointment and Temporary Bail Bond Agent Employment Report forms.
- Applicant must be a person of high
character and approved integrity and has
been convicted of or
pleaded guilty or no
contest to a felony, a crime involving
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 entered.
- Applicant must file with the
notarized statements by at least (3)
reputable citizens who are residents of
the same counties in which the applicant
proposes to engage as a temporary
- Applicant must file a recent
credential-sized, full face photograph
of himself or herself.
- Applicant may apply for the permanent
license after completing 12 months of employment with at least 1,540 hours, pursuant to s. 648.355, F.S., and further clarified in Rule 69B-221.051, F.A.C. The temporary license is good
for 18 months.
- 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]
- The Department shall not issue another
temporary license to any individual who has
held such a temporary in this state within
two (2) years after expiration of such
- Applicant must be appointed by the same
insurers as the supervising bail bond agent. The
bail bond appointment form (DFS-H2-1544) must be used and the fee for appointing a T2-35 is $90.
- The supervising bail bond agent shall
certify monthly to the department under
oath, on the Temporary Bail Bond Agent Employment Report form (DFS-H2-1543),
the names and hours worked each week of all
temporary bail bond agents as required by paragraph 648.355(1)(e), F.S.
- A temporary bail bond agent must be
employed full-time and shall be physically
accompanied by the supervising bail bond
agent or bail bond agent from the same
agency as required by Sections 648.25(8) and
648.355, F.S. The term "full-time" means
that the temporary bail bond agent must work
at least 1,540 hours during 12 months of
employment as a temporary bail bond agent, which equates to a minimum of 30 hours per week.
- Licensees are responsible for maintaining copies of their submitted hours.
- Temporary Bail Bond Agent Employment Reports filed late or all at once will not be accepted. Form DFS-H2-1543, "Temporary Bail Bond Agent Employment Report," must be received by the Department no later than the last day of the month following the month being reported on the form as required by paragraph 648.355(1)(e), F.S., and Rule 69B-221.051(4)(c)(d) and (e), F.A.C.
- The Bureau of Licensing is not responsible for adding up hours upon request in order to provide updates to a licensee. Should a licensee have lost a copy of their records, they should retrieve or determine their monthly hours based upon their employer’s records, i.e., time sheets, pay stubs, etc. Pursuant to Rule 69B-221.051(4), F.A.C., a temporary bail bond agent shall be employed and receive a salary or wages as required by law.
- Managing General Agents who work in the
bail bond industry must be licensed and
appointed as a
bail bond agent or in the case of entities,
one of the owners, directors or officers at
each location must be licensed and appointed as a bail