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License Renewal

North Carolina General Statute § 58-71-75 was amended effective July 22, 2016 when the Governor signed S. B. 508 to decrease bail bond license renewals to once every even year and fingerprint background checks to every other even year (every four years). Also with the passage of S.B. 508, the annual license fee was doubled for the biennial license renewal. The next bail bond renewal will be due 6/30/2018 and next bail bond renewal with fingerprint submission and proof of residency will be due 6/30/2020.

Bail bondsmen and runners continue to have an annual continuing education requirement of three (3) hours pursuant to North Carolina G.S. § 58-71-71(b). If a bondsman does not meet this requirement their license(s) will lapse due to their failure to satisfy the annual continuing education requirement. Submission of the required renewal documentation and fees on the even numbered renewal years will not prevent their license(s) from lapsing if the annual CE requirement is not met.

In even numbered years, bail bondsmen and runners must complete a renewal application, pay the license renewal fee, and complete the required CE, pursuant to North Carolina G.S. 58-71-75. All renewal requirements must be completed by June 30 or the bail bond license(s) will lapse. Every other even year bondsmen are also required to submit fingerprints and 2 forms of proof of residency

After review of the required renewal documents, the Department may make subsequent inquiries or may proceed with administrative action to ensure that the bondsman or runner continues to qualify to operate in NC pursuant to Article 71, of Chapter 58 of the North Carolina General Statutes.

Pearson VUE will provide license renewal administrative services to bail bondsmen and bail bond runners through the North Carolina Licensing Office of Pearson VUE.

Pearson VUE has provided an electronic renewal application for bondsmen and bail bond runners to complete online and submit all required fees by credit/debit card or by money order/check. Pearson VUE will charge a $76 renewal application processing fee in addition to all current renewal application fees.

It is important that bondsmen keep their business e-mail current. - Pearson VUE will send license renewal notification and instructions to bondsmen and bail bond runners through the business e-mail address on the license record. The renewal e-mail notifications with the bail bond licensee’s name, will contain a link to the NC Licensing Management System to access the electronic bail bond renewal application.

Once a bondsmans receive the authorization e-mail, they can access the NC License Management System.

License Changes

Request a Duplicate Copy of a License

In order to receive your hard plastic, photo bail bond license, you must complete the Duplicate Photo License Request Process through the Department’s testing vendor Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE will only be able to provide duplicate licenses for bail bond licensees whose active license status is confirmed by the Bail Bond Regulatory Division. Prior to contacting Pearson VUE to make a reservation, please check the status of your license(s) on the Individual Lookup for License Status located in the blue "Online Services" box. Please complete any name or address changes to your current licensing record through the NC Licensing Office Of Pearson VUE prior to requesting a duplicate license reservation from Pearson VUE.

License Name Change

Send written notification to the NC Licensing Office of Pearson VUE, P.O. Box 14209, Raleigh, NC 27620. The notification must include the previous and new name, National Producer Number (NPN) and the licensee's signature. Attach a copy of the marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other legal document showing the reason for the name change.

Change My Address of Record

According to N.C.G.S. 58-2-69(b) "Every licensee shall give written notification to the Commissioner of any change of the licensee's residential address within 10 business days after the licensee moves into their new residence." Licensees change their residential address by completing the electronic Free E-Mail and Address Update, particularly the section marked email address. Licensees are encouraged to provide current email addresses because Bail Bond Regulatory Division sends license notifications via email.

License Cancellation Requests

Return the license(s) with a written request to cancel them to the NC Licensing Office of Pearson VUE, P.O. Box 14209, Raleigh, NC 27620. Be sure the request is signed. If you are unable to find your license(s), submit a notarized statement requesting license cancellation. The statement must be signed and must indicate which licenses you wish canceled. Indicate your name and National Producer Number (NPN).

Transfer Bail Bond License

Are you currently licensed in another state and moving to NC? All bondsmen moving to North Carolina must meet the residency requirements of N.C.G.S. 58-71-50 before applying for a bail bond license. Anyone licensed as a bondsman in another state must complete North Carolina prelicensing education before submitting an application. Contact a North Carolina prelicensing provider below for information on prelicensing education.

Prelicensing

Prelicensing Requirements for Bail Bondsmen and Runners

In order to be eligible to take the examination required to be licensed as a runner or bail bondsman under G.S. 58-71-70, each person shall complete at least 12 hours of education as provided by an approved bail bond prelicensing provider in subjects pertinent to the duties and responsibilities of a runner or bail bondsman, including all laws and regulations related to being a runner or bail bondsman.

Prelicensing Providers

Resident Fingerprint Requirements

BAIL BONDSMAN OR BAIL BOND RUNNER LICENSE APPLICANTS

An applicant for a professional bail bondsman, surety bail bondsman, or bal bond runner’s license shall furnish the Commissioner with a complete set of the applicant’s fingerprints pursuant to North Carolina G.S. 58-71-51. Fingerprints submission requirements are outlined in North Carolina Administrative Code 11 NCAC 13.0519

Applicants will need to submit fingerprints within 30 days of applying for a license by following the instructions in the bail bond license application.

Additional Electronic Fingerprint Submission Information:

Bail Bondsmen Or Bail Bond Runner Renewal Requirements

In even-numbered years, professional bail bondsmen, surety bail bondsmen, and bail bond runners are required to furnish the Commissioner with a complete set of fingerprints for a state and federal criminal history background check pursuant to North Carolina G.S. 58-71-75. The renewal fingerprint submission requirements are outlined in North Carolina Administrative Code 11 NCAC 13.0519.

Fingerprint submission is not required in odd-numbered years.

The renewal application and instructions for even-numbered years will include the required fingerprint submission forms and information.

Obtain a Bail Bond License

Requirements and Qualifications for Licensure as a Bail Bondsman or Runner

First Year Licensee Requirements

Obtain a Bail Bondsman or Runner License

Prelicensing Information

Information for prelicensing can be found on the prelicensing tab on the left

Obtain a Duplicate Bail Bond License

Pursuant to G.S. 58-71-200, licensed bail bondsmen and runners may apply for access to North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts’ (NCAOC) Automated Criminal/Infractions System (ACIS) and Civil (VCAP) Systems Access and should follow these instructions.

*******VERY IMPORTANT*******

Each professional bail bondsman, surety bail bondsman, or bail bond runner must apply for and use only their own user ID to perform the free criminal searches. There is no sharing of user IDs permitted under any circumstance. The NCAOC Access Agreement requires attestation from the bondsmen or runner that they will not share their user ID information and North Carolina G.S. 58-71-200(h) specifies that allowing any other person, directly or indirectly, to make use of access granted to the bondsmen of runner pursuant to subsection (a) of G.S. 58-71-200 is a Class H felony.

Continuing Education Information

Continuing Education Requirements

Each year, every bail bond licensee shall complete at least three hours of continuing education in subjects related to the duties and responsibilities of a runner or bail bondsman before the renewal of the license on June 30 every year.

The continuing education year for bail bond licensees is July 1 to June 30.

A person who receives his first license on or after January 1 of any year does not have to comply with continuing education until the period between his first and second license renewals. Contact ASD for clarification if you think this situation applies to you.

Sanctions for noncompliance with Continuing Education

If the bail bond licensee does not complete the continuing education requirements by June 30 annually, the license(s) will lapse with an effective date of June 30. You will be required to re-apply as if you never held a license(s). This process involves the following:

  • Complete the prelicensing education course.
  • Submit a complete application with fee, affidavits, and electronically submit fingerprints.
  • Pass the state examination.

Continuing Education Provider Information

Exemptions to Continuing Education Requirements

A licensed runner or bail bondsman who is 65 years or age or older and who has been licensed as a runner or bail bondsman for 15 years or more is exempt from both the prelicensing education and continuing education requirements.

Legislative Change Resources

2016 Legislative Updates

S.L. 2016-107 " AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO THE BAIL BOND, COLLECTION AGENCY, AND CRIMINAL MEDIATION LAWS."

S.L. 2016-107 was sign by the Governor on July 22, 2016.

Section 2 of S.L.2016-107 amends G.S. 15A-544.7(d) to prohibit bail bondsmen and surety companies from writing bonds statewide in the event there is a forfeiture in which they are named. Currently, the prohibition is only by county not state. In addition, surety bail bondsmen will not be able to write for any other surety company that they may have an appointment if they are listed on any forfeiture. Currently, only the surety insurance company is prohibited. This section is effective December 1, 2016.

Section 3 of S.L.2016-107 amends G.S. 58-71-80 to expand NCDOI’s regulatory authority for grounds for denial, suspension, probation, revocation, or nonrenewal of bail bond licenses. This section is effective October 1, 2016.

SECTION 4 of S. L. 2016-107 amends 58-71-75 to reduce bail bond license renewal to once every other year and fingerprint background checks to every four years. This section also doubles the annual license fee for biennial license renewal. Next bail bond renewal will be due 6/30/2018 and next bail bond renewal with fingerprint submission will be due 6/30/2020. This section is effective July 22, 2016 when the Governor signed S.B. 508.

2015 Legislative Updates

S.L. 2015-180 - AN ACT TO AMEND THE STATUTES GOVERNING BAIL BONDSMEN TO INCREASE THE AGE OF QUALIFICATION FOR LICENSURE AS A BAIL BONDSMAN OR RUNNER, TO LENGTHEN THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE RETURN OF SECURITY TO INCLUDE THE TIME PERIOD IN WHICH AN APPEAL FROM DISTRICT COURT MAY BE FILED, TO REQUIRE THE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE TO RETURN THE AMOUNT OF A BONDSMAN'S SECURITY DEPOSIT ABOVE OUTSTANDING BOND LIABILITY IN EVENT THE BONDSMAN IS KILLED OR CEASES WRITING BONDS, AND TO ALLOW A BONDSMAN TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS' CIVIL INFORMATION SYSTEMS.

S.L. 2015-180 was signed by the Governor and became effective August 5, 2015.

Section 1 of S. L. 2015-180 amends G.S. 58-71-50 (b)(1) to require bondsmen to be 21 years of age or over effective August 5, 2015. This applies to applications for licenses filed on or after the August 5, 2015 date.

Section 2 of S.L. 2015-180 amends G.S. 58-71-95(5) to increase the amount of time for return of collateral security or other indemnity requested by the bondsmen to 15 days after final termination of liability on the bond.

Section 3 of S.L. 2015-180 amends GS. 58-71-151 adding language to indicate how security deposits can be returned. "If a bondsman discontinues writing bonds due to death, permanent incapacitation, or some other circumstance that results in the bondsman returning the license issued under this Article to the Commissioner and the Commissioner is satisfied that no more bonds can be written against the bondsman's security deposit, the Commissioner shall return the portion of the security deposit in excess of that required to secure the bondsman's outstanding bond liability."

Section 4 amends G.S. 58-71-200 to allow all actively licensed professional bail bondsmen, surety bail bondsmen, and bail bond runners to request access to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts' (NCAOC) civil records, in addition to criminal records. Bondsmen and runners requesting access to the Automated Criminal/Infractions System (ACIS) and the Civil Case Processing System (VCAP) pursuant to G.S. 58-71-200 should follow the instructions provided by NCAOC.

All questions about these instructions should be directed to NCAOC's Access Administration team at 919-890-2221 or security@nccourts.org.

Please contact Bail Bond Regulatory Division at 919-807-6800 if you have any questions.

2014 Legislative Updates

S. L. 2014- 120 – Regulatory Relief/Various Administrative Reforms

S. L. 2014 – 120 was signed by the Governor and became effective September 18, 2014.

Section 12.(a) of S.L. 2014-120 amends G.S. 58-71-40 (d1) to allow the design of the shield approved under G.S. 74C-5(12) and pictured in 12 NCAC 07D.0405 to be altered by stamping, inlaying, embossing, enameling or engraving to accommodate the license number. The size of the shield shall be 1.88 inches wide and 2.36 inches high.

Section 12(b) of S.L. 2014-120 amends G.S. 15A-540 by adding a new subsection "(d) a surety may utilize services and assistance of any surety bondsman, professional bondsman , or runner licensed under G.S. 58-71-40 to effect the arrest or surrender of a defendant under subsection (a) or (b) of this section".

2013 Legislative Updates

House Bill 597 – An Act to Approve an Official Shield for Bail Bondsmen

Effective June 26, 2013, a new subsection was added to North Carolina General Statute § 58-71-40 to authorize a licensed bondsman while engaged in official duties to display a shield. The shield must comply with North Carolina General Statute § 74C-5(12) and 12 NCAC 07D.0405 on May 2, 2013, and include other required wordage.

2011 Legislative Changes

  • House Bill 335 – Effective October 15, 2011, North Carolina G.S. 58-71-200 allows licensed professional bail bondsmen, surety bail bondsmen, and bail bond runners access to the Administrative Office of the Court’s criminal information systems.
  • House Bill 649 - An act to amend the laws pertaining to grounds for revocation of licensure under the laws regulating bail bondsmen and allowing a bail agent acting on behalf of a surety company to make written motions regarding setting aside bail forfeiture and relief from final judgment of bail forfeiture under the laws pertaining to criminal procedure.
  • House Bill 298 – Insurance Law Changes Effective July 1, 2011, update to North Carolina General Statute 58-2-69(g) relative to the Commissioner contracting with the NAIC or other persons for the provision of online services to applicants and licensees.

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