Make sure you are lawfully able to be a bondsman:
- You must be reputable and at least 21 years old.
- You must have a high school diploma or GED.
- Within the last 15 years been found guilty of, plead guilty or nolo contendere to:
(a) Any felony of this state or in the United States; or
(b) Any other crime in this state or the United States involving moral turpitude, whether or not a sentence was imposted.
- Is not a lawyer.
- Is not an elected official, employee of the State of Missouri or any county, or other political subdivision thereof.
If you have conviction you are not disqualified to be a bondsman. Below are instructions provided by the Missouri Department of Insurance:
- Disclose all criminal history whether you were sentenced or not.
- Describe the circumstances about your arrest, charges and conviction.
- Provide a certified copy of the indictment, case information, judgement and sentencing that shows all disposition of the case.
- Submit all information on a separate paper when you send your application to the Department of Insurance.
Questions asked about qualifying to become a bondsman:
- Must I work under the authority of a General Agent? Yes, you are required to work under the authority of a General Agent for 2 years before becoming a General Agent.
- If I am licensed in another state, would I have to get licensed in Missouri? Yes, you are required to follow the statutes to become a non-resident bondsman.
- If I want to only be a surety recovery agent, do I have to work under the authority of a General Agent? No.
- If I am a surety recovery agent, can I write bail? No, you are only authorized to do surety recovery work.