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If you are looking to get into the bail bond industry, you may be asking yourself many questions. What is a bail bond? How do bail bonds work? How do I become a bail bond agent? What training is required for bail bond agents? We have answered some of these questions below, but we invite you to give us a call to learn more at 800.935.2245.

What is a bail bond?

A bail bond is an insurance product that guarantees the appearance of a defendant in court. It involves an legal agreement between the bail agent, insurance company, indemnitor and court that the defendant will show up for all court appearances or be liable for the full amount of the bond to the court. Below are some definitions to a few common terms used in the bail industry. Just click on each question to expand the text and read the answer.

If you would like additional information on the bail industry please check out some video questions and answers at www.expertbail.com/resources/bail-bond-faqs.

How does a bail bond work?

Most people don’t know exactly how bail bonds work, unless they have had to use the services of a bail bondsman or know someone who is a bail agent. Basically a judge or magistrate sets the amount of the bond based on the crime, the background of the defendant and the potential risk to public safety if that person is released. The family or friends of the defendant will pay a premium to a bail agent, typically 10%-15% of the bond amount. The defendant is then released to prepare for their trial and take care of their responsibilities. The defendant must show up for ALL court dates or the bond will forfeit and they will be remanded back into custody.

If you would like additional information on the bail industry please check out some video questions and answers at www.expertbail.com/resources/bail-bond-faqs.

How do I become a bail bond agent

Every state has different laws and different requirements to obtain your bail bond license. Typically, the process involves some kind of pre-licensing education and then the obtaining of a license through the local regulatory body. Some states require minimum amounts of work experience in the bail business as well. The best way to find out the requirements in your state is to contact the regulatory body for bail, which is typically the Department of Insurance.

These are just a few of the many questions you might have about becoming a bail bond agent. If you are interested in learning more about the bail bond industry or becoming a bail agent, then you have come to the right place. As the nation’s oldest and largest family of bail bond insurance companies, we have been providing guidance to those looking to get into the bail industry for more than 100 years. Please call our Agent Development team now at 800.935.6245 or email us at info@aiasurety.com to learn how you can become a member of the AIA Family of Companies.

As a new bail bond agent with AIA, you get more than just a power of attorney. You get:

  • Guidance and mentoring from the industry’s largest and most experienced family of bail agents to help you become the most successful bail agent possible.
  • The most stable and trusted family of bail bond insurance companies in the industry with over 100 years of credibility and experience. This experience will help you learn how to underwrite bail the right way, ensuring the success of your career as a bail bond professional.
  • A dynamic team with a broad set of bail surety expertise ranging from technology to marketing to law to assist you in all aspects of your business.
  • A FREE suite of eServices designed to make your bail operations more efficient.
  • The bail industry’s only true nationwide network, so you can service all of your customers’ needs, even out of your immediate service area.

Call us now at 800.935.6245 to learn how you can become part of our family and experience what’s behind the paper.

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Have you asked yourself, “what’s behind my paper?”

Does your surety make itself available to help you 24/7/365? Does your surety give you access to free online eServices? Does your surety offer assistance and guidance on how to expand your business? We think these are very important questions that you should be asking yourself. At AIA, we are not just another bail bond insurance company. In fact, we decided a long time ago that we were not just going to be like every other company – going through the motions and just giving agents powers of attorney (or “paper”). Our goal was to be the best “partner” in the business. A partner that listens to the needs of its agents and provides real solutions to make each and every bail bond agent the best agent they can be. So whatever the need you have as a business owner, to be left alone to run your business, or to work side by side with us to grow your business, we are there to help.



As a new bail bond agent with AIA, you get more than just a power of attorney. You get:


  • The most stable bail bond surety in the industry with over 100 years of credibility and experience from two of the most well-respected bail insurance companies in the nation, Allegheny Casualty and International Fidelity.
  • An experienced and knowledgeable staff with a broad set of bail bond industry expertise to provide you with insights and guidance in a number of areas including technology, marketing and legal.
  • Opportunity to join the ExpertBail Network, which is the largest branded network of bail agents in the country designed to differentiate AIA agents from the competition.
  • The bail bond industry’s leading defender of pro-bail legislation
  • A FREE suite of eServices designed to make your bail bond business more efficient
  • The bail industry’s largest transfer bond system and only true nationwide network. We write bail in all states where bail can be written, including Puerto Rico.
  • The best agent service in the industry with 24/7/365 agent support; you don’t have office hours, why should your surety?
  • A dedicated Account Manager to help you manage and grow your bail bond agency.
  • Access to a number of preferred vendor programs designed to enhance your bail bond business.
  • …and much, much more.

Contact us today to find out how to submit an application and write with the leading surety in the business, AIA