Requirements To Become A Bounty Hunter


License requirements to become a bounty hunter vary from state to state so before going any further, I want to warn you that this is not legal advice and you should check your states specific laws.

Now that’s out of the way. You should know that bounty hunting is restricted in many states. As a matter of fact it is outright banned in Illinois, Kentucky, North & South Carolina, Wisconsin & the District of Columbia

States that have laws outlining the requirements to become a bounty hunter or bail bondsman include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Why some states have strict requirements to become a bounty hunter and others don’t allow the practice doesn’t make much sense. Just look at the good they do for the law enforcement community and society at large.

For example bounty hunters also known as bail enforcement agents capture criminals out on bail who don’t show up for their court date. They do so with out the same legal authority as a police officer but still face the same dangers.

Bounty Hunter Requirement: 1
Know all state requirements backward and forward. Not doing so can put you on the wrong side of the law yourself. While doing research I ran across a story of a Maryland bounty hunter who was arrested in the District of Columbia.

He had a tip on the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive so he contacted the local police for back up. Instead of getting his man. He was arrested for possession of a fire arm and let the fugitive go.

Apparently he didn’t follow the letter of the law and had to pay a steep price for his ignorance. So to repeat. The #1 requirement of a bounty hunter is know the law!

Bounty Hunter Schools: teach courses in investigation techniques, psychology and surveillance among others. In these classes you learn critical skills to maximize your safety and effectiveness as a bounty hunter.

When conducting investigations a bail bondsman / bounty hunter needs to know how to perform background checks to help solve the case. By finding out as much information about the fugitive as possible they are able to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

The specific requirements of becoming a bounty hunter are state specific, so start there first. Once you’ve decided that this is the career you want to pursue, It is definitely worth the investment of time to check out a bounty hunter school for training