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Anthony Bridgestone
01-15-2001, 08:42 PM
[b]Bail enforcement agents must be licensed. Requirements are being at least 21 years of age, resident of the state at least 1 year, no felony record. Miss. Stat. Ann. § 83-39-3.

jhm
03-18-2001, 11:34 AM
Everything that is stated is true with one little exception. To work as BEA in Mississippi you have to be working for a bail bondsmen to acquire your license. Which means you cannot be an independent agent in Mississippi. This is according to the Mississippi Department of Insurance, Licensing Division. Also I was told by a bondsmen that as of May 2000 you are required to attend a class at an approved school for an undetermined amount of time. I hope this helps! If anymore questions go to state of mississippi's official webpage and click on insurance division, Department of Insurance.

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03-18-2001, 05:06 PM
Originally posted by jhm
Everything that is stated is true with one little exception. To work as BEA in Mississippi you have to be working for a bail bondsmen to acquire your license. Which means you cannot be an independent agent in Mississippi. This is according to the Mississippi Department of Insurance, Licensing Division. Also I was told by a bondsmen that as of May 2000 you are required to attend a class at an approved school for an undetermined amount of time. I hope this helps! If anymore questions go to state of mississippi's official webpage and click on insurance division, Department of Insurance.

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Steven Lofing
11-25-2005, 01:11 PM
I recently checked with a bailbondsman and it requires an eight hour course, i didn't know about the 1 year residency requirement.
Can that be supplimented by a sherrif waiver? :confused: Please let me know if so.
Thanks
Steven Lofing

Liz Mason -
04-09-2011, 07:32 AM
From Internet Resource:
Mississippi is one of the states that has specific legislation pertaining to Bounty Hunters, or “Bail Enforcement Agents” as they are known in the state, and requires a license. However, Fugitive Recovery Agents enjoy a great deal of freedom and are allowed to make arrests anywhere in the state, as well as having the luxury of requesting the assistance of law enforcement in making an arrest. Thus, while there are specific restrictions on who can become a Fugitive Recovery Agent in the state, it is rewarding to work there and having the support of law enforcement can help to ensure the safety of Bounty Hunters in Mississippi.

How to Become a Bounty Hunter in Mississippi

To become a Bounty Hunter in Mississippi, one must first obtain a license, requirements for which are described below, and then find work with a bail bond company. The upside of acquiring a license is that it requires education and training, which proves to prospective bond companies that you are knowledgeable and prepared to carry out safe and effective skip tracing.

Mississippi Bounty Hunter Licenses and Requirements

A license is required to become a Bounty Hunter in Mississippi and it can be obtained through the Department of Insurance. There are, however, a number of requirements that must be met to receive a license. Licenses can only be issued to individuals who have been a resident of the state for at least one year and is at least 21 years old. No law enforcement officers, surety agents, judicial officials, or attorneys may be licensed. Before obtaining a license an individual must complete at least 8 hours of education approved by The Professional Bail Agents Association of Mississippi and offered by Mississippi Judicial College or another approved institution. Licenses expire annually on the last day of May, and an additional 8 hours of continuing education is required for renewal. One contingency is that individuals may work as Fugitive Recovery Agents without education but must complete the education at the first possible opportunity. Other requirements include a $40 fee, “proof of good moral character,” and proof that the applicant is not a felon.