California Bail Agents Association
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Initial  Bail License Requirements

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Complete 20 hours of approved bail pre-licensing education. Information about CBAA's pre-licensing       classes can be found here Bail Education.

  • Obtain Application

    Request Bail License Application from the California Dept. of Insurance (CDI) at 916-322-3555 or the California Department of Insurance website

  • Seek Appointment

    Negotiate an appointment (contract) with a surety company to represent them for transacting surety bail. Act as a licensed bail agent licensee or bail solicitor license. No appointment is necessary for bail permittee. Please note that an appointment with a surety is not required prior to take the Pre-Licensing Course.

  • Register

    Register and complete a California Department of Insurance approved Pre-Licensing Bail Education course - Click Here for Information.

  • Apply to Department

    Send completed Bail License Application and one original Certificate of Completion from the class to the California Department of Insurance (application fee is $514 (two year term) for first time applicants. This does not include the examination fee. The examination fee is $42. Do not pay this at the time you send your application in. After the CDI has reviewed and approved your application, the CDI will schedule your bail license examination (usually within 6 weeks). At that time you will submit the examination fee.

  • Testing

    Take your bail license examination. For the most part, test questions are based on California Insurance Code Sections 35, 1733, 1800-1822; California Code of Regulations, Title 10, Sections 2053-2104; and, California Penal Code Sections 1268-1319.6; and other sections referred to in these sections.

  • Pass | Fail

    If you pass the test, you will be required to submit fingerprint impressions. You may obtain fingerprint impressions prior to taking the examination. Obtaining the fingerprint impressions beforehand will minimize the risk that the license issuance will be delayed while awaiting the results from both the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Please read more specific information here. Fees range from is $53.80 and up. If you fail the test or the applicant needs to reschedule the examination, there is a reexamination fee of $42 that is also due at the time the examination is rescheduled.

  • Licensing

    You do not have to take a Continuing Bail Education course during the licensing period (July 1 - June 30) in which you obtained your initial bail license. Every year thereafter, however, you must complete 6 hours of continuing bail education or 12 hours per licensing term (offered by CBAA).

Useful Information

The California Department of Insurance has recently changed the Bail Industry's licensing duration and continuing education requirements.

Pre Licensing

Must complete a 20 hour pre licensing course. Enroll here.

Licensing Process

Follow the steps to licensing on the left of this page.

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The best way to network in this industry is to come to the convention. Currently we are working on the finishing touches of the 2016 Convention. Each year we offer 6 hours of CE at the convention.

Renew Licensing

Renewal period is a two year term, must complete continuing education.

Continuing Education

Within that two years a licensee must accomplish 12 hours of continuing education. You can do this 6 per year or all 12 in one year prior to renewal.

Renewal Fee

The renewal fee is $154 per surety.


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