Louisiana Laws Regarding Bail Bonds & Bounty Hunters
Below is basic information on bail bond laws for Louisiana 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.
- Louisiana bail bond law state statutes:
- Louisiana Statutes Annotated Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 22. Insurance Chapter 1. Insurance Code Part XXXXIV. Bail Enforcement Agents
Louisiana Statutes Annotated Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 15. Criminal Procedure Chapter 1. Code Of Criminal Procedure Ancillaries Code Title VIII. BAIL
Louisiana Statutes Annotated Louisiana Code Of Criminal Procedure Title VIII. BAIL Arts. 344 – 345.
- Louisiana licensing requirements for Bail agents:
- Louisiana Statutes Annotated Louisiana Revised Statutes (LRS) Title 22. Insurance Chapter 1. Insurance Code Part XXXIV. Bail Enforcement Agents § 1514. Regulation of bail enforcement agents
- Except as provided by the regulations authorized in this Part, bail enforcement agents shall be subject to the same licensing and fee requirements as bail bond insurance agents.
- Louisiana Statutes Annotated Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 22. Insurance Chapter 1. Insurance Code Part XXV-A. Pre-license And Continuing Educational Programs § 1191. Registered insurance agent and bail agent pre-licensing program
- Each registered bail agent pre-licensing program shall provide instruction by a qualified instructor in a structured setting with a minimum of eight hours of supervised instruction, including instruction in applicable underwriting principles, state laws and regulations, and ethical practices.
- Louisiana Statutes Annotated Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 22. Insurance Chapter 1. Insurance Code Part XXV-A. Prelicense And Continuing Educational Programs § 1193. Continuing education requirements
- A partnership or corporation may be licensed as an insurance agent, insurance broker, or surplus lines broker. Every partner, officer, director, stockholder, and employee of the corporation or partnership personally engaged in this state in soliciting or negotiating policies of insurance shall be registered with the Department of Insurance under such entity’s license, and each such member, partner, officer, director, stockholder, or employee shall also qualify as an individual licensee for any line of insurance the entity is licensed to transact. Any partnership or corporate licensee failing to comply with this requirement shall be subject to a fine of one hundred dollars per occurrence. This Subsection shall not apply to any management association, partnership, or corporation whose operations do not entail the solicitation of insurance from the public. An application for a license shall be accompanied by:
- If a corporation, a current letter of good standing from the secretary of state’s office, verification by the secretary of the corporation that the directors and officers were duly appointed or elected in accordance with the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the corporation, and an attestation by the president of the corporation disclosing the identity and percentage of ownership of the individual stockholders.
- If a partnership, a current letter of registration from the secretary of state’s office, verification by the appropriate partner that the partners listed on the application are duly named as partners in accordance with the partnership agreement, and a statement under oath verifying the percentage of interest and control of each partner in the partnership.
The commissioner of insurance is hereby authorized to adopt such regulations, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, as are necessary to effectuate the requirements of this Part to regulate bail enforcement agents.
The regulations adopted by the commissioner shall include provisions governing:
- (1) Pre-licensing and continuing education requirements for bail enforcement agents.
(2) Bail enforcement activities in this state by nonresident individuals.
(3) The notification of local law enforcement agencies.
(4) In-state bail enforcement procedures.
(5) Penalties for the violation of the regulation.
§ 1514.2. Licensing and fees
* The continuing education requirements for renewal of license under LRS 22:1113(E)(4) are set forth in this Section. The continuing education requirement shall be fulfilled by satisfactory completion of the required hours of instruction in continuing education programs approved by the commissioner.
* For bail agents and solicitors the continuing education requirement for renewal of license shall be twelve hours of approved bail underwriting instruction.
S 1113. Requirements; general license; penalties; validity of contracts (The section below provides additional details on licensing of insurance agents for bail bond work and the most relevant sections for purposes of the bail business are given).
An insurance agent may receive qualification for a license in one or more of the following lines:
- Louisiana bail agent’s arrest authority.
- Louisiana Statutes Annotated Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 22. Insurance Chapter 1. Insurance Code Part XXXIV. Bail Enforcement Agents § 1514.1. Definitions
- “Bail enforcement” means the apprehension or surrender of a person who is released on bail or who has failed to appear at any stage of the proceedings to answer the charge before the court in which he may be prosecuted.
- “Bail enforcement agent” means a person who engages in bail enforcement.
- Bounty hunter (fugitive apprehension) provisions:
- Licenses are required for bounty hunters. All recovery agents must be licensed by DOI. Out-of-state recovery personnel must contract with a bail agent licensed in Lousiana. Recovery personnel are required to wear apparel identifying the bail bond company during the apprehension or surrender in a private residence. For apprehension in a private residence, notification of local law enforcement is required. (LAC title 37, Part XIII, Ch. 49, Reg 65, Sec. 4901 et seq.)
- Links to State and Local Authorities:
Please check with the Louisiana’s Department of Insurance, Licensing Board and/or Local Law Enforcement for the most recent updates. If you know of any updates to Louisiana’s bail bond laws, please provide as much detail as possible and send to us using our contact form.