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Title: Bail Bond Agent
Alternate Title: Hold
Description:

In accordance with Rule 702 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for District Courts, before procuring bail bonds in the State of Minnesota, agents must complete an application and approval process with the Minnesota Judicial Branch.


Subject: Bailbondsmen
Creation Date: 12/20/2012 2:14:13 PM
Modification Date: 2/25/2021 5:06:41 PM
Agency Name: Judicial Branch, Minnesota
Agency URL: https://www.mncourts.gov/
Agency Description: The Minnesota Judicial Branch is made up of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and the District (Trial) Courts. The Supreme Court is responsible for the regulation of the practice of law and for judicial and lawyer discipline. As the highest court in Minnesota it promulgates rules of practice and procedure for the legal system in the state.
Agency Phone: 651-297-7650
Agency Fax: Agency URL: https://www.mncourts.gov/
Agency Address:
Minnesota Judicial Center
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155


Unit Name: State Court Administrator's Office (SCAO) -Bail Bonds Program, Court Services Division
Unit URL:
Unit Description:
Unit Phone: 651-297-7650
Unit Fax:
Contact person(s): Unit URL:
Unit Address:

25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 105
St. Paul, MN 55155


Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:
Requirements:

Minnesota district courts allow appearance-only bail bonds to be filed for a defendant’s release from jail in criminal matters. Bail bond agents, bonding agencies, and sureties issuing bail bonds in Minnesota's district courts must be approved by the State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO). Approval is based on the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts Rule 702 and the Bail Bond Procedures

Once approved by SCAO, agents, agencies, and surety companies may issue bail bonds in any district court throughout the state. Approvals are dependent on appropriate licensing by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Approved agents, agencies, and surety companies are listed on the Approved Bail Bond Agents List. Bail bonds issued in the district courts must include a completed copy of CRM702 - Bail Bond for Appearance Only and a surety Power-of-Attorney (POA).

SCAO also oversees the complaint, review, and suspension processes for approved agents, agencies, and surety companies.

 Important Information for Bonding Agencies and Agents

Revisions to the Bail Bonds Procedures and CRM702 - Bail Bond for Appearance Only went into effect on October 15, 2018.
Revisions include:

  • Addition of the Qualifications, Duties, Roles, and Responsibilities sections.
  • New and updated application procedures for bonding agents, agencies, and surety companies.
  • New and updated Standards of Conduct.
  • Revisions to CRM702 - Bail Bond for Appearance Only remove the requirement of a witness signature on the form. Rule 702(d) requires the use of this form when issuing a bail bond in Minnesota district courts.

Review Bail Bond Program


Rules: - Refer to the General Rule of Practice for District Court Rule 702 listed in the Requirements section.

Statutes:
Forms:
New Bail Bond Agent Application
An agent must complete this application if one of the following applies:

  • Applicant has never applied to be a bail bond agent with the Minnesota district courts.
  • Applicant was previously approved, but has been inactive for more than three months.
Important Reminder: The Criminal Background Check form must be sent directly to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The form and instructions are located on the last page of the New Bail Bond Agent Application.

New Bail Bond Agent Application
 
Renewal Bail Bond Agent Application
Approved agents must renew their approval every two years. When an approved agent receives a Notice of Renewal from SCAO, the agent must complete and submit the Agent Renewal Application Form to SCAO on or before June 1 of the applicant’s renewal year. Agents who submit a renewal application after June 30 will not be reauthorized to issue bail bonds in Minnesota until their application is approved.

If an agent does not submit a renewal application, the agent’s name will remain on the Approved Bail Bond Agents List with an expired status for 30 days and will then be removed.

 
Renewal Bail Bond Agent Application


Change of Bail Bond Agency Application
Complete the Change of Bail Bond Agency application if you are an approved bail bond agent who wants to issue bail bonds for a different bonding agency.

Bail bond agents changing bonding companies are prohibited from engaging in bail bond work until the submitted application has been approved.


Change of Bail Bond Agency Application
 

Change of Information Request

Approved agents, agencies, and surety companies must have valid contact information on file with SCAO. Contact information includes a valid mailing address, email address, and phone number.

Complete the Change of Information Request if one of the following applies:
  • The contact information for an agent, agency, or surety changes.
  • A new surety is added to a agent’s or agency's information.
Change of Information Request
 

*New* Bail Bond Agency and Surety Application
Agencies must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and registered with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State to do business in Minnesota district courts. Surety companies must be registered with the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Agencies and surety companies must be approved by SCAO to issue bail bonds in Minnesota district courts.

Complete the Bail Bond Agency and Surety Application if:
  • An agency or surety company has never applied or been approved by the SCAO.
  • A previously approved agency or surety company has received a Notice of Renewal from SCAO.
  • A previously approved agency or surety company has been inactive for three months or more. 
Bail Bond Agency and Surety Application

Forms and information are available at Bail Bond Program, click on the Applications and Instructions tab.


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Period of Issuance:
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Activity: Attorney
Lawyer
License Detail URL:

Bail Bond Program

State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO)

Approved Bail Bond Agents List

Minnesota Judicial Branch

  
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