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Title: Bail Bond Agent
Alternate Title: Hold

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: 10/31/2016 10:24:34 AM
Agency Name: Judicial Branch, Minnesota
Agency URL:
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:
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:
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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.


Change of Bail Bond Agency Application

Change of Information Request

Bail Bond Agency and Surety Application

New Bail Bond Agent Application Form

Renewal Bail Bond Agent Application

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


Period of Issuance:
Length of Determination:
Other Info:
Activity: Attorney
License Detail URL:

Bail Bond Program

State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO)

Approved Bail Bond Agents List

Minnesota Judicial Branch


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