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INFORMATION TO ASSIST BECOMING A BAIL BOND AGENT
To become a bail agent:
All new bail agents need 2 things - a casualty license and an appointment with a surety company. In order to get the appointment, you must present to the surety company a copy of your casualty license issued by the state and a copy of ‘Bail Agent Class’ certificate. The order in which you take the course are up to you. Most of our former students who attended our course first stated they understood the Casualty Course better.
A. To get a Casualty License-
Sign up with an approved provider for a casualty prelicensure class.
You cannot get study materials for just a casualty prelicensure class - it will include property. You do not need to study the property portion unless you want a combination property and casualty license (P&C license).
Some providers –
There are others you can pick from by searching the website https://www.sircon.com and clicking on ‘Solutions’ at the top and then clicking on ‘Education Providers’ and following the instructions (probably will have to do the ‘sign up’ thing)
After completing the casualty class, you would then register to take the casualty test required by the state. After successfully passing the casualty test you would then apply for the casualty license. Instructions on registering for the test and applying for the license will be included in the study material from the provider you choose.
It is important to mention, with all the provider study materials for casualty probably will have very little about BAIL bonds. They will cover 'bonds' because they fall under casualty, but they don't get into the judicial bonds much.
B. To get bail Agent Prelicensure Certificates-
(includes recovery education)
You will need to take our class. We deal specifically with the Bail and Recovery side of the business as required by the Colorado State Legislature with an emphasis on liability and working smarter instead of harder.
Our class is 3 days, 8am - 5pm. With a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee. The registration fee will be credited against the fees when you attend the class. The $50.00 reservation fee is for a particular class and can be re-scheduled one time. Sign up on the pre-registration section of our website. Group rates are available.
After successfully completing our class, you will receive certificates. One of our certificates along with a copy of your casualty license will need to be presented to a surety company to secure an appointment. If you are negotiating with a ‘supervising agent,’ that agent will assist you in securing the appointment.
If you are not negotiating with a ‘supervising agent,’ it is important to know you can possibly be direct with a surety company from the start. It would be something you would negotiate with the surety company.
For recovery- (not doing bail)
Currently, the State of Colorado does not require any recovery training for individuals desiring to perform recovery services for a bail bond agent.
The recommendation of most bail agents for individuals desiring to perform recovery services is to take the exact recovery class as required for becoming a bail bond agent.
To make the recovery individual more valuable to the bail agent, the recovery individual should consider the following:
Completing all educational requirements and acquiring a casualty license.
Completing all the educational requirements for becoming a bail agent.
You can hold a casualty license without doing bail.
Classes for recovery only are scheduled as part of the bail agent training and is presented on the 2nd & 3rd days of the bail agent class with a $50.00 non-refundable deposit to be credited against the cost of the class upon attending the class. The $50.00 reservation fee is for a particular class and can be re-scheduled one time. Group rates are available.
If the recovery individual decides to do the classes for acquiring a casualty license without doing bail, the cost and procedures for the license would be the same as a person doing bail. The only thing the recovery individual would not do is get an appointment with a surety company.
All graduates from the Tom Remy and John Potter Academy of Bail and Recovery become ‘alumni’ and can call and ask questions at any time and are qualified for continuing education discounts taken through our C.E. programs.
To all prospective students, we look forward to seeing you in class and assisting you in your new endeavor.
Thomas B. Remy (Tom) John E. Potter