Bail Recovery Agent

DEFINITION

A bail recovery agent, also known as a bounty hunter or fugitive recovery agent, is an individual (other than an attorney or law enforcement officer) utilized by a surety company or bail bond agent to apprehend a defendant who was released on bail and who failed to appear in court when required. ARS § 13-3885(A) and (G)(3).

BAIL RECOVERY AGENT REQUIREMENTS (not an exhaustive list)

The Arizona Department of Insurance does not issue licenses for bail recovery agents; however, you must satisfy certain requirements before acting as a bail recovery agent.

Not everyone qualifies to act as a bail recovery agent. Arizona law prohibits a bail recovery agent from being "...a person convicted in any jurisdiction of theft, any felony or any crime involving carrying or the possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument." ARS §§ 20-340.04(A) and 13-3885(G)(2).

Submit the following to the Arizona Department of Insurance before acting as a bail recovery agent and on or before September 1st every third year after the intial submission (per ARS §§ 20-340.04(B)):

SURETY COMPANY AND BAIL BOND AGENT REQUIREMENTS (not an exhaustive list)

Prior to retaining, employing, hiring as an independent contractor or otherwise utilizing a person as a bail recovery agent, a surety company or bail bond agent must verify that the person is qualified to act as a bail recovery agent.

Within 24 hours after retaining, employing, hiring as an independent contractor or otherwise utilizing a bail recovery agent, a surety company or bail bond agent must complete and submit Form L-BRA (Notice of Bail Recovery Agent Utilization).


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