February 23, 1999
BECOMING A BAIL BONDSMAN
By: Benjamin H. Hardy, Research Analyst
You asked how someone becomes a bail bondsman in Connecticut.
To become a professional bondsman licensed to furnish bail in criminal cases, one must be a resident voter of good moral character and sound financial responsibility. Law officers and convicted felons cannot hold licenses.
According to law (CGS Chapter 533), anyone who makes a business of furnishing bail bond in criminal cases or who furnishes bail in five or more cases during a year must obtain a professional bondsman's license by applying to the commissioner of public safety, giving information under oath about himself and any partners. The required information includes personal particulars, financial assets and liabilities, criminal record, if any, and whatever other information, such as fingerprints and photographs, that the commissioner may require.
If the public safety commissioner's investigation indicates the applicant has the required qualifications, the applicant pays a $100 license fee and receives the license. The commissioner decides how long the license will be valid, up to one year.