How to Become a Bail Bondsman in Louisiana
The state of Louisiana enforces strict legal requirements for aspiring bail bond agents.
Some people do wish to make a difference in their state and maybe even the country, and one way for them to do that is to become a bail bondsman, which is a very exciting and prestigious job. But along with the excitement and prestige comes daily life-threatening situations because you will play a very important role in getting rid of criminal activities in your community. A bail bondsman’s main role is to post bail or give a written promise to do so with their local courts to make sure that the criminal offenders will appear on the set dates of their court hearing. The process of application to become a bail bondsman differs from one state to another. The only common requirement in all state is for you to become certified or licensed so you will be allowed to practice the said profession.
If you are from Louisiana and you wish to become a bail bondsman, here are the steps that you need to follow:
- The first thing that you need to do is to get in touch with your state’s Department of Insurance because they can assist you in locating the schools in your area that offers the course that you need to take to become certified. These schools will not only provide you with the curriculum to get licensed but they will also give you all the details about all the other requirements plus lists of local offices and even contacts.
- Once you have the list of schools in your area, you must then decide where to go and register yourself to become a student. Of course you would have to pay certain fees in order to get in so you can take the necessary courses.
- You must then accomplish and submit the Louisiana Producer’s Application Form 1136A to the Department of Insurance in your state.
- Decide where you would want to work in the beginning because there is an option for you to start working for yourself right away or get employed in an established bail bond company. You can even work for an agent first so you can gain experience and have the training that you need before going out on your own.
- Next, you must be able to complete and submit the Louisiana Licensing Application and Exam Registration Form to Thomson Prometric of St. Paul in Minnesota. Along with the licensing application and exam registration form, you must also settle some fees and submit the Pre-licensing Certificate granted by the Louisiana Department of Insurance.
- Set-up a time and date to take the written exam to be administered by Thomson-Prometric of St. Paul Minnesota. You can call them directly so you can schedule an exam date. The number to call is 800-871-6457 and you can call between 7:00am to 8:00pm central time or visit their website to register. The exam centers in Louisiana are located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City and New Orleans.
- Ensure that you are ready for the exam on the date scheduled. As soon as you have taken the exam and passed it, the Louisiana Department of Insurance will authorize the issue of your licenses and it will be mailed to you by Thomson-Prometric.