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Professional Bail Bond Licensing

Alabama requires all publically declared professional bondsmen, and recovery agents to be licensed by the Alabama Bail Bonding Board under the Alabama Bail Bond Regulatory Act.

How do you get a license and how much does it cost?

Age requirement is 21 years of age. Applications are available on-line from the Alabama Professional Bail Bonding Board, the application fee paid to the Board is $125.00. All applicants are required to submit with the application and fee a certified fingerprint background check from ALEA (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency) The background check cannot be more than 90 days old. Also required is the Immigration Compliance form along with the supporting documentation as listed on the form. Beginning June 1, 2020, applicants must complete a 12-hour course and pass an examination.

Is anyone exempt from licensure?

No, a license will be required, however there are exceptions to the required continuing education hours needed to renew the license.

How long is the License valid?

All licenses must be renewed by November 1st each year with the required continuing education.

What education is required to maintain a license?

8 hours of courses approved by the Board will be required to maintain a license.

What does the law say?

An individual may not hold himself or herself out to the public as a professional bondsman, operate as a recovery agent, or use any term, title, or abbreviation that expresses, infers, or implies that the individual is licensed unless they have been issued a license from the Alabama Professional Bail Bonding Board.

Licensing Complaints

This form may be used for complaints on Professional & Surety Bail Bondsmen and Bail Bond Runners. We do not act as an advocate or lawyer for a person who has a dispute with another. We accept information about alleged inappropriate business practices and determine if there has been any violation of the Alabama bail bond laws, in order that action may be initiated when appropriate. 

*Please provide by mail to 60 Commerce Street, Suite 1440,  Montgomery AL 36104 all documentation and any other information to support your allegation(s).