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General Agent for Bail Corporation Licensing Checklist

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009

All Business Entities:
“Business entity” refers to a corporation, limited liability company, limited liability partnership and associations or other legal forms of organization. A business entity that is required to be licensed in this state, that transacts insurance without a license, is subject to an administrative fine of not more than $1,000 per act or violation.

Name Approval:

Applicants must contact the Division of Insurance (Division) for a verbal name approval prior to completing any articles of incorporation, articles of organization or amendments with the Secretary of State’s (SOS) office, or prior to filing any DBA/Fictitious Firm Name filings with the appropriate Nevada County Clerk’s office.
Division Phone: (775) 687-0700
Division General E-mail 

Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships and Associations, etc.:
Contact the Nevada Secretary of State (SOS) to obtain forms, instructions and applicable fees.
SOS Phone: (775) 684-5708
SOS Web site

Articles of Incorporation (Articles) Purpose Clause: Business entities whose purpose is to engage of the business of insurance are required to file with the SOS must include the following statement within the purpose clause of its Articles of Incorporation, “To engage as a bail agent, bail enforcement agent and/or general agent for bail in all lines of authority permitted under the license issued in compliance with Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) and Nevada Administrative Codes (NAC).” The articles or amendment must be forwarded to the Division of Insurance prior to being filed with the Secretary of State by either of the following methods:

  • Mail the Articles or amendment to the Division’s address with the fee for the SOS in a separate sealed envelope labeled “Secretary of State” or “SOS.”
  • Fax the Articles or amendment to the Division’s office. Upon approval of the Articles or amendment, the Division will fax the information to the fax number provided by the applicant for filing with the SOS. The Division’s fax number is (775) 687-0787

Upon the Division’s approval of the Articles or amendment, the Division will forward its approval to the SOS for its consideration. When the SOS completes its review and approval process, the business entity will be required to furnish a filed copy of the approved Articles or amendment.

Sole-Proprietorships: Sole proprietors must file a DBA/Fictitious Firm Name with each county clerk’s office where they intend to conduct business. A copy of the filing must be provided to the Division along with the licensing application. Contact the appropriate County Clerk’s office for filing instructions. Refer to Chapter 602 of NRS for information on doing business under an assumed or fictitious name.

Uniform Application for Business Entity, Form 325
Download the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC) Uniform Business Entity Application

Fees effective July 1, 2009:
The licensing fee is $185. Fees are payable by check or money order to the Nevada Division of Insurance, and are nonrefundable.

Bail Bondsman Bond Form, Form 330
Pursuant to NRS 697.190, applicants for a general agent for bail license must provide a $50,000 surety bond. The bond must be an original, must be countersigned by an agent directly appointed by the surety company in this state, and the original Power of Attorney form must be attached to the bond.

A bond must remain in force until released by the Commissioner, or cancelled by the surety. Without prejudice to any liability previously incurred under the bond, the surety may cancel the bond upon 30 days’ advance written notice to the licensee and the Commissioner.

Appointment /Affiliation Requirements:
An applicant for a general agent for bail license must either be appointed by an authorized surety company or be affiliated with a general agent for bail agency. If the applicant is applying as a general agent for bail, the appointment form must accompany the application.

Appointment or Affiliation:
An affiliated applicant/licensee works through the business entity affiliation. General agent for bail applicants must provide and maintain a supporting appointment from an authorized surety.

Termination of Appointment/Affiliation:
Upon the issuance of a license by the Division, the licensee must maintain either an appointment or agency affiliation. Upon termination of all appointments or agency affiliations, and the licensees’ failure to replace the appointment or affiliation within 30 days of the cancellation, the license expires and the license must be delivered to the Commissioner.

Licensing Prohibitions:
Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 697.170 (2), a person is not entitled to receive, renew or hold a license as a bail solicitor if he:
(a) Has been convicted of a felony in this state or of any offense committed in another state which would be a felony if committed in this state; or
(b) Has been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude or the unlawful use, sale or possession of a controlled substance.

Uniform Application for Individual Insurance Producer License, Form 327

Resident bail individuals who are not currently licensed in Nevada must submit the Uniform Application for Individual Insurance Producer License application, Form 327.

The authorized to act bail licensees fee is $245 ($185plus $60 for the agency affiliation).

Nevada Approved Prelicensing Education Sponsors, Form 343

An applicant for a general agent for bail must take and pass a 6-hour course of pre-licensing education specifically for bail agents.

Local Law Enforcement Print Out:
NRS 697.183(3) A letter from a local law enforcement agency in the applicant’s county of residence which indicates that the applicant:
(a) Has not been convicted of a felony in this state or of any offense committed in another state which would be a felony if committed in this state; and
(b) Has not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude or the unlawful use, sale or possession of a controlled substance.
(Added to NRS by 1997, 3382)

Proposed Doing Business As (DBA) Names or Fictitious Names:

NRS 683A.301 sets forth the requirements approval or disapproval of the use of a fictitious name. Contact the Division for name approval prior to filing a fictitious name with the County Clerks’ Office. A DBA or fictitious name may only be used by the licensee and must be listed together with the licensee’s true name for advertising purposes.