How do I know if someone is approved to issue bail bonds in Minnesota district courts?
Bail bond agents, agencies, and sureties approved to issue bail bonds in Minnesota district courts are listed on the Approved Bail Bond Agents List
. The list is used to verify an agent's approval to issue bail bonds and to verify the agency and surety for whom the agent is authorized to issue bail bonds.
How do I become a bail bond agent in Minnesota?
Individuals must obtain approval from the State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO) to issue bail bonds in Minnesota districts courts as a bail bond agent. Applicants must obtain a license from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, submit a New Bail Bond Agent Application, and a criminal background check from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Applicants must also maintain a bonding agency affiliation and at least one surety appointment to be considered for approval.
I am an approved bail bond agent. Why is my name not listed on the Approved List?
Bail bond agent names may be removed for various reasons, including:
- Failure to meet Bail Bond Agent Qualifications (Bail Bond Procedures, section III)
- Expired approval status
- Loss of Department of Commerce licensure
- Loss of sole surety appointment
- Disciplinary sanctions
I have a criminal history. Can I be approved to work as bail bond agent?
SCAO requires each agent applicant to submit a criminal background check report from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. SCAO staff review criminal history reports along with the other application materials to determine whether an agent’s application should be approved or denied. Criminal convictions are not a basis for automatic denial, but are factored into the application decision. Standards for Denial of bail bond applications are provided in Section V.A.4. of the Bail Bond Procedures.
What are the Standards of Conduct for agents and agencies?
Bonding agencies, agents and surety companies are expected to conduct themselves ethically and professionally while doing business with the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Each has a responsibility not only to the defendants, defendant’s families and the courts, but also to the continuing improvement of bail bond services. Bonding agents, agencies, and sureties are responsible for their personal conduct or the conduct of their agents while conducting bail bond business with and in the courts. The Bail Bond Procedures Standards of Conduct are provided in section VI.
How do I get a bail bond agency approved to issue bonds in Minnesota district courts?
Bonding agencies must obtain approval from the SCAO to issue bail bonds in Minnesota districts courts as a bonding agency. To apply, bonding agencies must obtain a license from the Minnesota Department of Commerce and submit a Bail Bond Agency and Surety Application. Applicants must maintain at least one surety appointment to be considered for approval.
How do I change bail bond agencies?
Agents must submit a Change of Agency Application Form to the SCAO who will approve or deny the application. A Change of Agency application must be approved before an agent may begin issuing bail bonds for the new bonding agency.
What information am I required to report to the SCAO?
Bail bond agents are required to report changes to their contact information or criminal charges or convictions. Details and timelines for reporting information to SCAO are noted in the Bail Bond Program Notices and required by the Bail Bond Procedures.
How do I file a complaint against an agent or agency?
Complaints related to violations of the Bail Bond Procedures' Standards of Conduct by bail bond agents and bonding agencies, may be submitted to the SCAO according to section VII. Complaints will be evaluated to determine whether the allegations, if true, would constitute grounds for discipline.