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    Hello Mark, that is a very good question that you asked. Please forward any answers or help that you can get to those particular questions that you asked. I do know someone who is in the same position who is also trying to do what you are doing. That would be nice to know so that we can find something else if it does not work out.
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    Re: Badge?

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    Can a Fugitive Recovery Agent wear a badge in the course of Bail Enforcement?
    Not in California.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Georges E Abou-Habib View Post
    is there anyone who can train me?thank you
    A good training resource in California is:

    Bob Barton - 866-357-3030

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Joseph, I believe the presumption is that in order to have been granted a PI license (in most states, anyway) that your experience would have covered what you would have learned in the classes.
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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Here is a link to the California Research Bureaus review of the current law.
    http://www.library.ca.gov/crb/07/07-010.pdf

    I was a part of the research panel and this report will be used to modify the current laws in the near future.
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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    I Need To Know How And Where To Become A Bounty Hunter From Scratch.i Have No Felonys Etc.please Any Help Would Be Appreciated

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel George View Post
    I Need To Know How And Where To Become A Bounty Hunter From Scratch.i Have No Felonys Etc.please Any Help Would Be Appreciated
    To start you will want to learn the requirements and laws for the state or states you wish to work in.

    Once you know those 2 things you then work on getting qualified based on the requirements and laws.

    After that I would say you might want to work with an established group to learn the hands-on of the job.

    For the record this is my opinion on the subject.

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    Interesting. Thanks to the OP for the thread, however, IIRC, possibly 12 yrs ago I spotted a bail enforcement agent near a Riverside PD station with a silly looking tac outfit and he clearly had a badge. More than likey the law changed since that time.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    How could i get training in this field?

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Jones View Post
    How could i get training in this field?
    Start with this:
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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    I have my Bail enforcement Lic in Co I would like to find out what I need to do for one In Ca Thank You

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    Re: Badge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy D Maurer - View Post
    Can a Fugitive Recovery Agent wear a badge in the course of Bail Enforcement?
    Yes, as long as it doesnt have anything to do with Law Enforcement. For instance, my badge says "Fugitive Apprehension Agent" and my badge number. Also the seal of the state of California. No mention of Law Enforcement. It wouldn't be recommended to have the state seal on there. Technically it is not illegal but if you are just starting off people might get the wrong idea.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    don't do it , it is not worth it

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    Re: Simple question

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith E Masteller View Post
    What are my best options for approching employment with a recovery team. I have seen DOG and I do not want to sound like the Kid that sit's there and says thats cool.

    I spent the time to get my 12 bail pre-license, and I am working on the P.C. 832 class, also the B.S.I.S 8 hour power of arrest.

    Any comments welcome on getting my foot in the door the right way.

    P.S. For anyone looking into getting started Read the laws, Rules and Regulations. Start by searching the web. You find ANYTHING!
    Do be honest, if you have already taken the pre-licensing I would just go for my Bail Bondsmen license. PC 1299 (California) allows bondsmen to act as FRA's. Private Investigators can also operate as FRA's under 1299. If you get your Bondsmen license, you can bail em' out and chase em'. Its not that hard finding a bondsmen job in relation to finding a steady stream of cases as a bounty hunter alone. Be a bondsmen and go after your own skips. Its really hard (I mean REALLY hard) to get your foot in the door as a new bounty hunter. Unless you know someone, its 0000 near impossible. I got lucky and knew someone. But if you have your bondsmen license you can bail them out to and work for a bail bonds company. If you have your PI license, you can do PI work on the side. Going through the loops to meet the requirements of a FRA (which there is a loophole somewhere in the PC 3000 range about bail that makes it so ANYONE can go after skips, Ill find it and post it later) isn't really worth it. Though a PC 832 is always a good thing to have. Feel free to ask my any questions you may have. Im a FRA in California.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    So, it sounds like it is true that licensed PI's in CA do not need a seperate license to do bail enforcement? If that is true how would one begin to find work?

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Pray View Post
    So, it sounds like it is true that licensed PI's in CA do not need a seperate license to do bail enforcement? If that is true how would one begin to find work?
    Steve has given you a great suggestion in the Level 4 Members area here:

    Bounty Hunter - Bail Enforcement Agent - How to Find local cases

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    http://www.privateinvestigators.cc/index.php?cPath=67

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Pray View Post
    So, it sounds like it is true that licensed PI's in CA do not need a seperate license to do bail enforcement? If that is true how would one begin to find work?
    You have to have some experience in the field and be insured before any bail bondsmen wil hire you.....I assume you have your Ca. P.I. license already...also it is hard to get P.I. insurance if you plan on doing fuigitve recovery....some companies will not provide it

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    To clear up a few misconceptions about CA Bail Recovery Agents:

    A recovery agent can wear a badge in CA. It must NOT indicate or lead anyone to believe that the person wearing it is any kind of law enforcement officer.

    It IS illegal to wear or use the seal of the state of California unless you are specifically authorized to do so.

    The BSIS exposed weapon permit is NOT valid for bail recovery work! Only licensed,employed, in uniform and on duty security guards can carry exposed with that permit. Period.

    Its Bob Burton.

    PC 273.5 can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

    All bail agents licensed after Jan 1, 2000 have to complete the PC 1299 requirements if they are going to pick up their own or other bail agents skips.

    Those licensed before Jan 1, 2000 do not have to complete the requirements if they are going after their own skips only.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Hello to all members,

    I would like to add that PC1299 has expired on 1-1-10, so it looks like this info is now dated.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Thank you for the up-date.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    From Online Resources:
    In September of 1999 California became one of the states in which Bounty Hunters require specific training and licensing. As such, becoming a Bounty Hunter in California takes a bit more effort but can also be very rewarding. Bail Recovery Agents are expected to work closely with local law enforcement agencies and practice careful and calculated fugitive recovery. Training and licensing ensure effective and safe skip tracing and the State of California promotes safe Bounty Hunting techniques.

    How to Become a Bounty Hunter in California

    Becoming a Bounty Hunter in California involves taking courses as well as meeting several other requirements. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) handles licensing for the state and only allows people over 18 to apply. The first thing that must be done is the completion of a 12 hour “pre-licensing bail education” course. Then, you must apply for your Bounty Hunter license through the CDI and take a bail license examination and score at least 70%. Lastly, you must negotiate a contract with a surety company to pursue fugitives that have skipped bail. The California Bail Agents Association can help you obtain the required licenses and offers information about specific location of classes in the state.
    California Bounty Hunter Licenses and Requirements

    Once you are licensed as a Bail Recovery Agent, the CDI requires 6 hours of continuing education every year. Additionally, Bounty Hunters in California are required to notify the local police 6 hours prior to making an arrest and carry documentation of their training and licensing at all times when working. Furthermore, Bounty Hunters may not wear a uniform or identify themselves as law enforcement in any way or forcibly enter a residence except as outlined in laws regarding arrest by a private person. Lastly, the fugitive must be delivered to the state of California within 48 hours of arrest.

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    good news the act and requirements expired ! no there is nothing ~

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    I believe even if the state has a time out there are still the Federal guide lines

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    Re: CALIFORNIA LAW: Bounty Hunter-Recovery Agent

    Does anyone have a news link to verify this?

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