UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 1, 2010:
- Bail Enforcement Agents (Bounty Hunters) may be employed by a Licensed Private Investigative Agency.
- Bail Enforcement Agents (Bounty Hunters) may be employed by a Licensed Bail Bonds Agency.
- Summary of Instructions as an employed BEA:
Locate a licensed private investigator agency and have the owner sign the following document:
Support Staff Employee's Statement : Click Here
For: Private Investigator, Bail Enforcement Agent, Watch, Guard, or Patrol Agency
- In addition to completing the above document, you will need to have your FINGERPRINTS TAKEN before submitting the form.
- Your employer MUST assign you an internal Employee Number on the above form, which will be used exclusively for you and no one else.
- Attach a copy of the Certification for Completion of the 25 hour course of instruction for New York Bail Enforcement Agency Employees from an APPROVED SCHOOL. Click here
Summary Interpretation: Therefore, if you do not personally have an agency license, then you are required to have your employer sign and submit the above application in order for you to receive your pocket ID card.
PREVIOUS 2002 INFORMATION:
NYS Department of State Licensing Services
Bail Enforcement Agents (a/k/a Bounty Hunters): General Information
Effective April 1, 2001, Article 7 will be amended to include a new licensing category: Bail Enforcement Agent (BEA) a/k/a Bounty Hunter.
A BEA is defined as an individual or entity who (for a fee) apprehends individuals who have failed to appear on bond or bail and surrenders them to the appropriate jail or to court.
Any NON-private investigator business entity that wishes to engage in bail enforcement MUST be licensed as a BEA and comply with the licensing requirements, training (25 hours), and background checks.
This amendment does NOT have any impact on private investigators (PIs). PIs (whether new to the field or existing) AND their employees can continue engaging in bail enforcement WITHOUT further licensing requirements or training.
Licensing Requirements for Agents.
*** New York’s statutes on the licensing of "Professional Bondsman" are very lengthy. Therefore, in an effort to be brief only the first several, and most relevant provisions are given below. See the statute in full for all relevant licensing provisions. *** see http://www.ins.state.ny.us/abindx.htm