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Bail Bond Agent

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The California Department of Insurance licenses bail bond agents. Bail bond agents are permitted to solicit, negotiate and effect undertakings of bail on behalf of any surety insurer. Bail bond agents are granted power of attorney by the court to process bail for individuals who are released from jail pending court appearance on a stipulated date. When individuals post bail, they are required to pay 10% of the bail amount established by the court. By posting bail, the individuals are promising that they will, based on their own recognizance, appear and answer to specific legal matters.


Department of Insurance
Licensing Bureau
300 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
(800) 967-9331
(916) 322-3555

Register complaints:

Department of Insurance
Consumer Communications Bureau
300 S Spring Street, South Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(800) 927-4357
(213) 897-8921
(800) 482-4833 TDD

Department Publications: None are offered by the Consumer Information Center

Other References: Bounty Hunter and Department of Insurance for additional addresses and telephone numbers.

Other Referrals:

Regulations Governing Licensing: California State Insurance Code Chapter 7, Part 2, Division 1, Regulations Governing Bail Bond Agent; California Code Insurance Codes Section 1800-1823.

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