Bail Recovery Agent Licensing/Registration
The following are requirements for registering as a bail recovery agent:
MEET THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT
You must be at least 18 years old.
PROVIDE YOUR FINGERPRINTS
Important! Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) § 20-340.01(B) prohibits the Department of Insurance from issuing a bail bond agent license until the Department receives the results of the criminal history check, which can take up to four months from the date the Department receives your fingerprint card.
- Have a clear set of fingerprints applied to the fingerprint card by the professional fingerprinting technician. Prometric, Arizona's insurance examination provider, along with some other vendors, use electronic systems to optically image fingerprints, which tend to produce more accurate results.
- Make sure that the fingerprinting technician
- verifies your identity using your government-issued photo ID;
- completes Form L-FPV (Fingerprint Verification Form);
- seals the completed Form L-FPV with the completed fingerprint card in a fingerprint card envelope;
- writes his/her name across the edge of the flap of the envelope so that the upper parts of the letters are on the flap and the lower parts of the letters are off the flap (but on the envelope).
- Submit the UNOPENED ENVELOPE containing the completed fingerprint card and Form L-FPV along with your license application.
- Add the FBI fingerprint card processing fee to your license fee payment. The FBI fingerprint card processing fee is separate from the fee that a fingerprint card technician may charge you to apply your fingerprints to a fingerprint card and to complete Form L-FPV.
IMPORTANT! The Department will refuse to accept a fingerprint card if the fingerprint card envelope appears to have been opened or if the Form L-FPV is not included in the envelope with the card.
SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION
Submit the following to the Arizona Department of Insurance before acting as a bail recovery agent and on or before September 1st every third year after the initial submission (per ARS §§ 20-340.04(B)):
- A sealed envelope containing your professionally applied fingerprints on a blue-outlined Form FD-258 fingerprint card with Form L-FPV completed by the fingerprinting technician.
- Form L-BFP (Bail Recovery Agent Fingerprint Submission Registration Form), which must include a clear 2" X 3" photograph of your face.
- The $22.00 FBI Fingerprint Card processing fee.
All insurance professionals (both residents and nonresidents) can apply for licenses, renew licenses, and update addresses and phone numbers online through the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR), at www.nipr.com.
NIPR license and renewal applications are easy to complete, and we can usually process them faster than applications that are mailed to us. NIPR charges a small transaction fee (around $5 to $7) to process a license application and fee payment. Many people have found that overall, the added convenience plus the time and postage savings are worth paying the fee.
USE NIPR FOR FREE to change an address, e-mail address or phone number!
ARS § 41-1030(G) requires most Arizona government agencies to prominently print the provisions of ARS § 41-1030(B), (D), (E) and (F) on all license applications. The following is the language in ARS § 41-1030(B), (D), (E) and (F):
B. An agency shall not base a licensing decision in whole or in part on a licensing requirement or condition that is not specifically authorized by statute, rule or state tribal gaming compact. A general grant of authority in statute does not constitute a basis for imposing a licensing requirement or condition unless a rule is made pursuant to that general grant of authority that specifically authorizes the requirement or condition.
D. This section may be enforced in a private civil action and relief may be awarded against the state. The court may award reasonable attorney fees, damages and all fees associated with the license application to a party that prevails in an action against the state for a violation of this section.
E. A state employee may not intentionally or knowingly violate this section. A violation of this section is cause for disciplinary action or dismissal pursuant to the agency’s adopted personnel policy.
F. This section does not abrogate the immunity provided by section 12-820.01 or 12-820.02.