Bail Bondsman
Applications may be submitted to the Department using one of the following options:
  • In-person at the Washington Building, 1100 Bank St., Richmond, VA 23219 (you may use the secure drop box located inside the main entrance)
  • Regular mail to this address: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, P.O. Box 1300, Richmond, VA 23218
  • Fax at 804-786-6344 (applications must have the Credit Card Authorization Form attached for processing)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a minimum of 18 years of age;
  2. Be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States; and
  3. Have received a high school diploma or GED.
  4. Have successfully completed all initial training requirements at a certified or licensed private security services training school. This is to include a minimum passing grade of 70% on the bail bondsman exam.

Submit to the Department

Property Bail Bondsman

Agent Bail Bondsman

Surety Bail Bondsman

Additional Information for Property Bail Bondsmen

  1. Additionally, prior to the issuance of a property bail bondsman license, each property bail bondsman applicant shall provide
    1. Proof of collateral of $200,000 on his bonds and
    2. Proof of collateral of $200,000 on the bonds of each of his agents.
    3. Any collateral that is not in the form of real estate, cash, or certificates of deposit issued by a FDIC-insured financial institution shall be specifically approved by the Department before it may be used as collateral.
  2. If the property used as collateral is real estate, such real estate shall be located in the Commonwealth. In addition, the property bail bondsman applicant shall submit to the Department:
    1. Title Certificate Report (report required for each property)
    2. True Copy of the Current Tax Assessment or Real Estate Appraisal (required for each property)
    3. Powers of Attorney (if applicable)
    4. Lien/Obligation Documentation (if applicable)
  3. If the property used as collateral consists of cash or certificates of deposit, the property bail bondsman applicant shall submit to the Department:
    1. Current Financial Statement (required for each account)
    2. Powers of Attorney (if applicable)

Additional Information for Surety Bail Bondsmen

  • Submit copies of each qualifying power of attorney that will be used to provide surety. All qualifying powers of attorney filed with the Department shall contain the name and contact information for both the surety agent and the registered agent of the issuing company. In the event an applicant for a surety bail bondsman license is unable to obtain a qualifying power of attorney prior to the issuance of his license, you will be issued a temporary licensure letter affording you thirty days to submit the power of attorney to the Department. This licensure letter will not authorize you to bond.
  • To view information regarding the licensing process for a Property & Casualty license, please see the SCC, Bureau of Insurance‚Äôs website at


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