Utah Department of Public Safety

BCI - Utah Bail Enforcement Licensing

WHERE TO APPLY

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Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City UT 84129

WHO MAY APPLY

You may apply for a bail enforcement license if you are:

  • at least 21 years of age, and
  • a citizen or legal resident of the United States, and
  • of good moral character

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the Bail Enforcement License Application by typing or clearly printing in ink. (Application requires Adobe Reader. To download the FREE Adobe Reader, click here.)

Attach all documentation required as outlined in the instructions. Every application must be signed prior to being submitted.

COST TO APPLY

  • An application fee of $250 for a Bail Enforcement Agency.
  • An application fee of $150 for a Bail Recovery Agent or Bail Recovery Apprentice.

TRAINING

Every applicant will be required to complete the bail enforcement training course. A copy of your course completion certificate must accompany this application. If you intend to carry a firearm while acting as a Bail Enforcement Agent/Apprentice you must possess a valid Utah concealed firearm permit and complete an additional firearms training course approved by the Department of Public Safety.

Currently, the Utah Bail Bond Recovery Licensure Board has authorized only six organizations to offer the Bail Enforcement Training Course. They are:

Bail Enforcement Academy of Utah 801-505-8576
Fox Force
801-332-9111
J. Chapman Academy 801-514-0023
KORR Defense Group 800-470-8921
Pistol Pete's 801-706-7363
Salt Lake Community College
801-957-3930

If you intend to carry a firearm while acting as a Bail Enforcement Agent, Bail Recovery Agent, or Bail Recovery Apprentice you must possess a valid Utah concealed firearm permit and complete an additional firearms training course approved by the Department of Public Safety. Click here to see the list of approved Bail Enforcement Firearms Instructors.

DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Bail Enforcement Agent
The applicant must submit documentation showing at least 2,000 hours of bail enforcement/recovery experience.

Bail Recovery Agent
The applicant must submit documentation showing at least 1,000 hours of bail enforcement/recovery experience. A bail recovery agent may work as an employee of or as an independent contractor with a bail enforcement agency. A bail recovery agent may not directly provide services for members of the public. The applicant must provide an original signed letter from the bail bond company who intends to employ or contract with the applicant.

Bail Recovery Apprentice
An applicant who does not meet the experience requirements listed above may apply for a bail recovery apprentice license. A bail recovery apprentice must work under the direct supervision of a bail enforcement agent or bail recovery agent. The applicant must have a signed letter from the bail recovery agent who will provide the direct supervision. A bail recovery apprentice may not directly provide services for members of the public.

Surety Bond

All renewal licensees are required to have and maintain a “Bail Enforcement” surety bond in the amount of $10,000.

WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE

If you are a bail enforcement agent who will employ a bail recovery agent or bail recovery apprentice, a current copy of your workers compensation insurance must accompany this application and the applications of your employees. This provision will not apply if the bail recovery agent or bail recovery apprentice is an independent contractor.

For more information about the qualifications for becoming a Bail Enforcement Licensee, see the Application for Bail Enforcement License. (Application requires Adobe Reader. Click here to download the FREE Adobe Reader if you do not already have it on your PC.)

Utah Administrative Code (Administrative Rules) RE: Regulation of Bail Bond Recovery and Enforcement Agents

For more information, contact the Bureau of Criminal Identification at 801-965-4738.

BADGES AND APPROVED CLOTHING

Utah Code Ann. § 53-11-121 allows a bail enforcement agent or bail recovery agent to wear or display a badge of a design approved by the Bail Bond Recovery Licensure Board.  A bail enforcement agent or bail recovery agent may obtain a badge from any source, so long as it is identical to the badge depicted on the bureau’s website (shown below) and complies with the following specifications:

(i)  the badge must be 2.55 inches high and 2.66 inches wide;
(ii)  the badge must be in the shape of a five point star on a circle;
(iii)  the star must be gold in color and the circle must be silver in color;
(iv)  the center of the star must be black in color and contain a seal with the phrase “Liberty & Justice For All”;
(v)  the text of the badge must be written in block lettering and must be black;
(vi)  the silver circle must contain two panels with writing to indicate whether the agent is a bail enforcement or bail recovery agent; and
(vii)  the badge must contain two gold panels with writing to indicate the word “Utah” on the top panel and the agent’s license number on the bottom panel.

53-11-121.   False representation as a licensee -- Badge -- Identifying clothing.

            (1) A licensee under this chapter may not wear a uniform, or use a title or identification card other than the one issued under this chapter, or make any statement that would lead a reasonable person to believe the licensee is connected in any way with the federal government or any state or local governmental entity, unless the licensee has received authorization in writing by one of those governmental authorities to do so.

            (2) A licensee may possess a badge of a design approved by the board for use by a licensee.

            (3) The licensee shall wear the badge under Subsection (2) in a manner that prevents the accidental or inadvertent display of the badge to persons in the presence of the licensee.

            (4) The licensee may display the badge under Subsection (2) only if:

            (a) the licensee is also at the same time wearing an article of clothing that conspicuously displays on the chest and back of the article of clothing lettering that clearly identifies the licensee as a bail enforcement or recovery agent;

            (b) the licensee also displays the licensee's identification card described in Section 53-11-116.5, either:

            (i) upon request, while acting as a bail enforcement agent; or

            (ii) as necessary for the licensee to demonstrate authority while acting as a bail enforcement agent;

            (c) the licensee is making a planned apprehension of a defendant, and the licensee is also wearing an article of clothing described in Subsection (4)(a) or Subsection (5);

            (d) the licensee is making an apprehension that is unplanned and under exigent circumstances, and the licensee is not wearing clothing described in Subsection (4)(a) or Subsection (5); or

            (e) the licensee is acting as a bail enforcement agent but is not engaged in a planned apprehension or in another situation that does not require that the agent be wearing clothing as described in Subsection (4)(a) or (5) in order to display the badge.

            (5) A licensee may wear a jacket of a distinctive design or style that bears a printed, embroidered, or otherwise permanently attached symbol, emblem, or insignia that:

            (a) clearly identifies the wearer as a bail enforcement or recovery agent; and

            (b) is approved by the board.

            (6) When a licensee is acting as a bail enforcement agent and interacts with a law enforcement officer, the licensee shall, at the first opportunity, identify him or herself to the law enforcement officer and shall provide identification as a bail enforcement agent.


 

Updated August 31, 2011

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