How To Become a Bail Bondsman
The information below is taken directly from the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI). If you are in need of additional information, or have questions, please check out their website.
Bail Bond Program Overview
An individual seeking to become an Insurance Producer for the line of Bail Bond must complete the Bail Bond Apprentice Program, under Louisiana Law (La. R.S. 22:1574).
The Bail Bond Apprentice Program is comprised of three (3) consecutive months of paid employment with a Licensed Louisiana Bail Bond producer. Records should be kept including time sheets and payroll information. The apprentice is required to work no less than 24 hours per week. The apprentice is to observe the supervising producer perform every phase of the bail bond business & perform those phases except for the soliciation, negotiation, quotation of fees, and execution of the bail bonds. A person who has been convicted of any felony is prohibited from participating in the Bail Bond Apprentice Program.
- You MUST register with the LDI at least ten (10) days prior to beginning the Apprenticeship Program (you will be rejected if you register less than 10 days out).
- Complete & submit the Bail Bond Apprentice Program Registration Form.
- Any apprenticeship NOT completed within six (6) months of the registration date will be terminated.
STEP TWO: PRE-LICENSING EDUCATION COURSE & APPLICATION
- Before completing the Apprentice Program, the apprentice must participate in a Pre-Licensing Education Course.
- ALBU offers Pre-Licensing all across the state! Check out the list of current courses.
- Once the Pre-Licensing courses is completed, forward a copy of the certificate to LDI.
STEP THREE: COMPLETE THE AFFIDAVIT
- Upon completion of the Apprenticeship Program, the apprentice & supervising producer must complete the Three Month Bail Bond Apprentice Affidavit & submit to LDI.
STEP FOUR: FILE A LICENSE APPLICATION
- Once the Pre-Licensing certificate & the Affidavit have been submitted to the LDI, the apprentice must file an application for a producer license for Bail Bond authority.
- The application is filed through the National Insurance Producer Registry.
STEP FIVE: PASS THE LICENSE EXAM & BE FINGERPRINTED
- Once the license application has been filed, the apprentice will be authorized to sit for the exam.
- Authorization is ONLY issued if the items below have been submitted to LDI
- Pre-Licensing Certificate of Completion
- The Affidavit
- License Application
- Upon given authorization, the apprentice can register for the exam with the test vendor.
- Fingerprints are taken at the testing site. More info can be found here.
- LDI will receive test scores within 1-2 days & fingerprinting results within 7-10 days.