New Agent Application Form
In accordance with Rule 702 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for District Courts, Title VIII. Rules Relating to Criminal Matters
, before procuring bail bonds in the State of Minnesota, agents must complete an application and approval process. Questions about the application process should be directed to the State Court Administrator's Office (SCAO)
at (651) 297-1096.
Instructions can be found on the first pages of the Application Form. Applications will not be processed until the entire application is complete and all required documentation is received. When an application is approved, notification of approval will be sent to the approved agent, the Bonding Agency the agent works for, and the Surety Company(ies) insuring the approved agent.
If you wish to apply to become an approved bail bond agent, please complete the Application Form:
Agent Renewal Application Form
Rule 702(a), as amended effective February 1, 2005, states: “Approved applicants are required to apply for renewal of approval within a time period (not less than one year) established by the State Court Administrator’s Office.”
Approval to issue bail bonds is subject to renewal every two years. All agents are assigned to a renewal group. Renewal Group A expires on June 30th
of even numbered years and Renewal Group B expires on June 30th
in odd numbered years.
Renewal Notices are sent no later than 60 days before the expiration of an agent's approval. The renewal notice is sent to the agent's last known home address on file with SCAO. Notice is also sent to the agent's bonding company at the bonding company's last known business address on file with the SCAO.
Renewal Application Deadline:
Your renewal application must be submitted to SCAO on or before June 1 of your renewal year for approval of your application prior to the June 30th
Consequences of Failure to Submit a Timely Renewal Application:
If you do not submit a timely renewal application, you will not be authorized to issue bail bonds in Minnesota beginning July 1. Your name will remain on the Approved List showing an “Expired” status for one month, and thereafter will be removed from the list. In the event that you do not submit a renewal application by June 1, you may be required to complete a New Agent Application Form, including the full BCA criminal background check, in order to obtain approval and have your name included on the Approved List.
Renewal Instructions and Application Form
Change of Information Form
Approved Agents, Bonding Agencies and Surety Companies are obligated by the Bail Bond Program Notices
to promptly advise the SCAO
of any changes in information, insolvency, and criminal background.
The Change of Information Form should be used to inform SCAO of any of the following changes:
- contact information changes for an agent, Bonding Agency or Surety Company;
- an agent is changing Bonding Agencies;
- a new Surety Company is added to an agent or Bonding Agency's record.
Please submit the Change of Information Form to report changes in an agent, agency, or surety’s status to the SCAO.
New Bonding Agency Application Form
In order for a Bonding Agency to be approved to conduct bail bond business in Minnesota District Courts, the Agency must be licensed with the Minnesota Department of Commerce and have registered the Agency name with the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office. Once the Agency has completed these processes, application can be made to the SCAO.