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Bail Bond

Idaho issues licenses for Bail to individuals and agencies as well as residents and non-residents. Any producer holding a Bail license must also provide the Department with an original bond in the amount of $15,000 as well as an appointment to a Surety company before the license will be issued. Both the bond and appointment must be maintained, or the license will be deactivated.

Idaho Code

Idaho Statutes: Chapter 10 (General):

§41-1003 (Definitions)

§41-1004 (License Required)

§41-1005 (Exceptions to Licensing)

§41-1006 (Examination)

§41-1007 (Licensing Requirements)

§41-1008 (Reinstatements, Military, 30 Day Address Change Requirement)

§41-1009 (State to State Address Change and Reciprocity)

§41-1011 (Refusal of License)

§41-1012 (Exemption from Exam and 90 day rule)

§41-1013 (Renewal/Reinstatement and late CE penalty requirements)

§41-1014 (Assumed Names)

§41-1018 (Appointments)

§41-1020 (Reciprocity)

§41-1021 (Reporting of Actions)

§41-1026 (Conditions of Suspension and Revocation)

§41-1028 (Inactive Status)

§41-1036 (Record Retention)

Chapter 10 (Bail Specific):

§41-1037 (Requirements for Bail Agents)

§41-1038 (Definitions)

§41-1039 (License Requirement)

§41-1039A (Notification to Judicial system and Sureties of Revocation/Suspension or lift thereof)

§41-1040 (Bond Requirement)

§41-1041 (Collections and Charges Permitted)

§41-1042 (Collateral)

§41-1043 (Early Surrender of Defendant to Custody)

§41-1044 (Responsibility for Actions of Others)

§41-1045 (Reporting of Actions)

§41-507 (Definition of Surety Insurance)

Title 19 Criminal Procedure / Chapter 29 Idaho Bail Act :

§19-2905 (Definitions)

§19-2914 (Arrest of a Defendant for Surrender)

Title 30:

§30-21-801 through §30-21-810 (Use of a DBA/Assumed Business Name)

Rules:

Idaho Criminal Rule (ICR) and Idaho Misdemeanor Criminal Rule (IMCR):
Statewide Guidelines for the Uniform Administration of Bail and Bail Bonds in all Trial Courts in the State of Idaho

IDAPA Rule 18:

18.06.01 Rules Pertaining to Bail Agents

18.06.02 Producers Handling of Fiduciary Funds

18.01.02 Schedule of Fees, Licenses, and other Misc. Charges

18.06.04 Continuing Education

18.06.01.014 Stacking of Bonds

18.06.01.013 Criminal History Checks

Bulletin 11-01 Money Handling and Fiduciary Funds

Bulletin 11-05 Bail Rules Updates

Definitions

Bail Agent: a producer licensed in the line of surety insurance and authorized by an insurer to execute or countersign undertakings of bail in connection with judicial proceedings.

For a full list of insurance licensing terms please click here.

Bond

All Bail agents, resident and non-resident must carry a $15,000 performance bond, using the Department bond form secured from a Surety Company, along with an appointment to the Surety Company.

If a bond is cancelled, a notice will be sent to the bail agent to remind them of the requirement and the Department will request a replacement. A bond agent/agency will have 21 days from the date of receipt of this notice or until bond cancellation date to replace the bond and appointment. Failure to respond within the required time will result in termination of the license.

To secure a bond, please download the Bond and Appointment forms and send to an authorized surety company. Once these forms are returned from the surety company, sign the bond form and forward both forms to the Department of Insurance.

Include the original application or submit separately if applying online.

Submit these forms any time before a current bond and appointment will be cancelled and require replacement to avoid cancellation of license – if this pending cancellation is due to a change in agency, please provide complete updated contact information with the new bond and appointment.

Application Checklist

For a step-by-step guide to applying online check out our guides.

Resident

  • Online application via NIPR or Sircon. Click here for a step-by-step guide to applying via NIPR
  • Appointment to Surety company providing bond (usually sent from or received directly from the Surety company) $15,000 bond – Applicant must use the Department’s bond form and submit original via mail Copy of Pass Slip from Exam
  • CHRI Request and Release form
  • Fingerprint Receipt. For more information on the fingerprints process click here.
  • Non-Refundable Fee: $80.

If applying by paper, checks should be made payable to the Idaho Department of Insurance. Application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0043

Non-Resident

  • Online application via NIPR or Sircon
  • Appointment to Surety company providing bond (usually sent from or received directly from the Surety company) $15,000 bond – Applicant must use the Department’s bond form and submit original via mail
  • Non-Refundable Fee: $80.

If applying by paper, checks should be made payable to the Idaho Department of Insurance. Application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0043

Continuing Education

Residents must complete 24 hours of CE within the two-year renewal period.

Bail agents must show 24 hours of CE credits total with a minimum of three credits in Ethics.

No carry-over of CE credits are allowed from one period to the next.

No credit is given for a repeated course within the same renewal period.

Residents must have their CE downloaded prior to renewal. CE status can be tracked by clicking on Individual CE Transcript Inquiry .

Approved courses can be found in the CE Course Catalog on the Continuing Education pages.

Renewal Information

The Department considers the renewal of the license to be the responsibility of the licensee. Bail licenses need to be renewed every two years. A renewal may be applied for up to six weeks prior to the expiration of your license.

Please contact the Department, 208-334-4339 if special arrangements need to be made.

Renewal Requirements

Renew Online

License renewal is available online via NIPR or Sircon.

The Non-Refundable renewal fee is $60 (plus vendor processing fee) if renewing prior to the expiration date. All required spaces must be completed. This renewal will be pended to check for bond and appointment information and fingerprint return results.

Be sure to provide a current email address as a license copy will be emailed upon approval.

Renew by Mail

The Non-Refundable renewal fee is $80 if renewing by mail prior to the expiration date. Your record will be checked for bond and appointment information and fingerprint return results before a renewal is issued.

The Renewal Form, Individual or Renewal Form, Agency will be needed to be completed in full.

Checks should be made payable to the Idaho Department of Insurance. 

Renewal application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0043
208-334-4250

Be sure to provide a current email address as a license copy will be emailed upon approval.

Reinstatement

Resident, Individual CE complete

If the license was not renewed before the expiration date and the CE has been completed prior to expiration, the license will require reinstatement.

Reinstatement is available up to one (1) year past the expiration of the license.

Reinstatement Checklist:

Application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0043

Resident, Individual CE not complete

If an application for renewal was not sent or the CE requirements were not meet prior to the expiration of the license but all CE requirements were completed within 3 months of expiration of license the license will require reinstatement. A late fee of $100 per month for up to three months past your expiration of your license will also be applied.

Reinstatement is available up to one (1) year past the expiration of your license.

Reinstatement Checklist:

Application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0043

Resident, Individual-Over 3 Months

If an application for renewal was not sent and/or all CE requirements were not completed within 3 months to 1 year after the expiration of the license additional the licensee will be required to re-test and submit proof of completed CE before the license can be reinstated.

Reinstatement is available up to one (1) year past the expiration of your license.

Reinstatement Checklist:

Application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0043

Resident, Agency

If the agency has not renewed the license before the expiration date, the license will require reinstatement.  Reinstatement is available up to one (1) year past the expiration of your license.

Reinstatement Checklist:

Application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0043

Non-Resident

If the license has not been renewed before the expiration date, the license will require reinstatement.

Reinstatement Checklist:

Reinstatement Packet, Bail Agent or Reinstatement Packet Bail Agency

Application and attachments should be mailed to:

Idaho Department of Insurance
700 W State Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0043

Reporting of Actions

All license holders  have a duty to report any criminal or administrative actions to the Idaho Department of Insurance within 30 days per §41-5819

We encourage producers to use the NIPR Reporting of Actions  Warehouse at www.nipr.com as a convenient means to post your documents and explanations to report to us and any state in which you are licensed.

FAQ

How far in advance should I have my fingerprints done so that it will not delay my renewal?

We recommend at least 8 weeks prior to your expiration. Remember, we cannot renew your license without the fingerprint report return.

Where do I get my bond?

You must contact a Surety company providing performance bonds to Bail agents and send them the bond and appointment form from our website. Many bail agencies are set up with specific Surety companies and can help you to expedite.

If my fingerprint results have not been returned to the Department prior to the expiration of my license, can I still do business?

No. You do not have a current license to perform bail transactions until the report is received and the renewal processed by the Department.

How do I find study material for the bail bond exam?

Contact Silver Key School of Insurance at 208-362-6000 for preparatory classes and/or bail study materials. Don’t forget to download the Pre-Licensing Candidate Handbook and Content Outlines from PSI (available through our website under Study Materials.)

What is the Pre-Licensing Candidate Handbook and why do I need it?

This is a booklet prepared and provided by PSI to guide you through the testing procedures and requirements. It provides important information and phone numbers and can answer many questions you might have regarding what to expect and how to prepare and arrange for your exams and fingerprints.

How much CE do I need to continue my license?

Resident Bail Agents are required to complete 24 hours, with a minimum of three (3) hours in the Ethics course category. For approved courses, please consult our website at CE Course Catalog (use the quick link to the CE Course Catalog on the right hand side of the page). Courses that pertain specifically to bail agents may be found under the course category of Bail, but you may take courses in any category in the catalog.

What happens if I lose my bond or appointment?

You will be notified by the Department if you lose your bond. You will have 21 days from the date of the notification to replace bond and appointment. You must send the original bond and authorized appointment form from the Surety company. Failure to replace the bond and appointment will result in termination of the license. Loss of the appointment is an immediate termination of license if there are no other appointments in place. If this occurs, you need to replace both bond and appointment as outlined above. If this loss of bond represents a change of agency, notify us of your new contact information at the same time. We encourage the use of our bail reactivation packet if the license is terminated.

What if I do not wish to continue my license?

Please return a completed and signed Voluntary Surrender of Idaho License form (notarized) to the Department for processing. This is found on our website under Licensed Professionals, Forms/Links, Alpha List of All Forms.

What if I need to report a new business, mailing, home address, or phone/fax/email for my individual license?

Any change of contact information should be reported within 30 days per Title 41 Section 41-1008. You may update any individual license contact information by going to www.nipr.com and using the Change function.

What if I need to report a change of name?

The Individual Name Change or Business Entity Name Change form can be used to report a name change. Attach pertinent legal documents (examples listed on form) showing legal name change and fax to 208-334-4398 or email as an attachment to agent@doi.idaho.gov.

How do DBAs work in relation to my license?

For information on DBA’s please visit our DBA page for information on  

What do I need to do if I didn’t renew my license and need to reinstate it?

Please return a completed and signed Voluntary Surrender of Idaho License form (notarized) to the Department for processing.

How to I update contact information for my business entity bail license?

Any change of contact information should be reported within 30 days per Title 41 Section 41-1008. You may use the Business Entity Address Change form on our website under Forms.

Have more questions?
Contact the Licensing Team

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