Becoming a Bail Bondsman in North Carolina

In past posts, we’ve discussed the qualities required to be an effective bail bondsman. We know that it takes personal conviction and strength of character to succeed in this business. To give yourself the best advantages and career longevity, it’s best to be licensed by the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI).  Amistad will guide you through the entire licensing process in becoming a bail bondsman in NC.


In North Carolina, you must be 18 years old, a resident of NC that has never been convicted of a felony, have worked for at least 12 months for a bail bond agent who has been licensed for two years or more if you are seeking a license as a licensed bail agent, be free of any outstanding bonds, and must not have been disqualified to participate in such a business. Please be certain to check any updated requirements on the NCDOI website.


Currently, the only way to apply for a bail bond license in North Carolina is to file one online. One must attend a pre-licensing class prior to application, so be sure to see when the next one is in an area closest to you. At that time, you’ll receive valuable instruction regarding the application process. Be sure to allocate the appropriate amount of time in your schedule. The class is spread over the course of two days.


Within about two months, you’ll receive a letter authorizing you to take the required written examination. In the letter, you’ll gain information on how to register and where attendance is possible. The examination takes approximately two hours and consists of multiple choice questions. A score of seventy percent is required to qualify.


You’ll receive your license within 10 business days if you pass the written examination. Do not lose hope if you do not pass. You’re allowed to take the test yearly until the qualifications are met. After receiving your license, security deposits are necessary to ensure your business standing. These fees adjust yearly so contact the NCDOI for more information regarding the exact amounts.

We want to see everyone succeed in life. At Amistad Bail and Immigration Bonds, not only do we want to ensure health and happiness to our clients, but we want to assist anyone who sees a future in our field of expertise. Feel free to give us a call with any questions you may have regarding a career in bail bonds.