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North Dakota Laws Regarding Bail Bonds & Bounty Hunters

Below is basic information on bail bond laws for North Dakota 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. Bail bond law state statutes:
      NDCC, 26.1-26.6-07 North Dakota Century Code Title 26.1.  Insurance Chapter 26.1-26.6. Bail Bondsmen.

      N.D.R. Crim.P. North Dakota Court Rules Annotated North Dakota Rules Of Criminal Procedure X. General Provisions.  Rule 46. Release from custody.

  2. Licensing requirements for Bail agents:
      The North Dakota statutes contemplated further licensing provisions to be added at a future date. Currently, however, the following provisions are the only slim guidelines for the licensing of “bondsmen” or any other bail agents. No legislation on this subject is currently pending.

      NDCC, 26.1-26.6-01 North Dakota Century Code Title 26.1. Insurance Chapter 26.1-26.6. Bail Bondsmen 26.1-26.6-01 Definition:

        “Bail bondsman” means any person who has been approved by the [Insurance] commissioner and appointed by an insurer by power of attorney to execute or countersign bail bonds for the insurer in connection with the judicial proceedings and charges and receives money for the services.

      NDCC 26.1-26.6-02 Licensing and continuing education requirements.

        The licensing and continuing education requirements under chapter 26.1-26 apply to bail bondsmen.
  3. Bail agent’s arrest authority.
      NDCC, 26.1-26.6-07 North Dakota Century Code Title 26.1. Insurance Chapter 26.1-26.6. Bail Bondsmen 26.1-26.6-07 Surrender of defendant prior to breach.

        At any time before there has been a breach of the undertaking in any type of bail provided herein, the surety or bondsman may surrender the defendant, or the defendant may surrender, to the official to whose custody the defendant would have been given had the defendant been committed. The defendant may be surrendered without the return of premium for the bond if the defendant has been guilty of nonpayment of premium, changing address without notifying the bondsman, self-concealment, or leaving the jurisdiction of the court without the permission of the bondsman, or of violating the defendant’s contract with the bondsman in any way that does harm to the bondsman, or the surety, or violates the obligation to the court. For the purpose of surrendering the defendant, the surety may arrest the defendant before the forfeiture of the undertaking, or by written authority endorsed on a certified copy of the undertaking, may empower any peace officer to make arrest, first paying the lawful fees therefore.
  4. Bounty hunter (fugitive apprehension) provisions:
      At this time, there appear to be no specific regulations for “Bounty Hunters” in the North Dakota statutes.
  5. Links to State and Local Authorities:

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