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Illinois Laws Regarding Bail Bonds & Bounty Hunters

Below is basic information on bail bond laws for Illinois concerning Bail Enforcement, Bounty Hunters, Fugitive Apprehension and Bail Bondsman. This is not legal advice. Laws change frequently, please check the links provided for possible updates and current information.


  1. Illinois bail bond law state statutes:
      A statue enacted in 1963 designed to eliminate commercial bail bond industry.  See Schilb v. Kuebel, 264 N.E.2nd 377, 380 (Ill. 1970), aff’d 404 U.S. 357 (1971); Ill. Stat. Ch. 725 § 5/110-7, 5/110-8.  “No bail bondsman from any state may seize or tansport unwillingly any person found in this State who is allegedly in violation of a bail bond posted in some other state.”  Ill. Stat. Ch. 725 § 5/103-9.

      In Illinois, bail bonds must be obtained through the county or city rather than through any commercial situations. This state is a non commercial bail bonded state in that it does not allow for any commercial establishment to post bail for a criminal defendant. In this case, individuals must provide the funding for their bail through their own means or they are to be kept in jail until the case or trial has been completed. Illinois bail bonds laws do not allow for bail bondsmen to provide bail to these individuals.

  2. Licensing requirements for Bail agents:
      There is no licensing for commercial bail bonds.
  3. Bail agent’s arrest authority.
      Only Peace Officers within the state have authority to arrest.
  4. Bounty hunter (fugitive apprehension) provisions:
      Illinois does not permit ‘bounty hunters”
  5. Links to State and Local Authorities:

Please check with the Illinois’s Department of Insurance, Licensing Board and/or Local Law Enforcement for the most recent updates. If you know of any updates to Illinois’s bail bond laws, please provide as much detail as possible and send to us using our contact form.