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How to Become a Bail Bondsman in Colorado

A necessary part of the legal system is the institution of bail and along with bail comes the section of the working force known as bail bonding. Bail bonding means that the finances are provided on behalf of the defendant by assigning a piece of collateral. This allows the defendant to stay out of jail and a certain percentage of money is allotted to the bondsman for services rendered. Here are the steps to becoming a bail bondsman in Colorado.

In the state of Colorado, you must be licensed as an insurance producer before you can become a bail bondsman. This means you can legal sell insurance or provide sureties. Check with the Colorado insurance commissioner for details on application procedures for this license. That information can be found online (see Resources).

You must be a resident of Colorado and at least 18 years old. If you are not a resident, someone else will have to be the business owner in name.

You must have a good business reputation and be able to prove that you are financially responsible. You will not be provided a license if you cannot provide documentation on these items. As a bail bondsman, you will be responsible for vast sums of money.

You must complete pre-licensing training and pass the bail bonding agent exam.

You must provide a set of fingerprints when you apply to be a bail bondsman, and your picture will be taken. Be aware that some fees will be associated with your licensing.


Your county or state clerks office can answer any questions you may have. Considering joining a bail bonds association. Contact your local sheriff's office for additional information and resources.