Thank you for your interest in contacting How to Become a Bounty Hunter. We regret that we cannot offer personalized advising or guidance to individuals. If you have additional questions that are not addressed in our FAQs below or elsewhere on our site, the best point of contact is typically the agency overseeing fugitive recovery for the state in which you wish to work or local bail bond agencies.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to some of our visitors’ most frequently asked questions, sorted by inquiries related to bounty hunting regulations, training for fugitive recovery specialists, and careers in bounty hunting.
Bounty Hunting Regulations
What are the requirements to become a bounty hunter?
Each state sets its own requirements and guidelines for bounty hunters and fugitive recovery agents. In some states, the practice of recovering fugitives as a private agent is not permitted. In others, there are specific requirements for training, insurance, and other regulations governing fugitive recovery. In still others, agents must be licensed or registered. For more information, see our guide to regulations by state.
Training for Fugitive Recovery Agents
Can you send me a list of training programs?
We do not maintain lists of programs other than those that are publicly available on our site. You can visit our training guide to find information on common education and training paths.
How can I enroll in your school?
As an informational resource, How to Become a Bounty Hunter does not offer courses or programs. Please see our training guide for more information. You can also check with the state agency–typically the state police or department of insurance–overseeing fugitive recovery agents in your state for specific requirements.
Working in Fugitive Recovery
What careers are available if you have an associate’s or bachelor’s in criminal justice or a related field?
Bail bond or surety agents who hire bounty hunters and fugitive recovery agents may be likely to give closer consideration to applicants who have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree compared to applicants who do not. Earning at least an associate’s degree in the criminal justice field provides you with a familiarity with law and due process that can be very helpful on the ground in this line of work. You may also be more likely to find avenues for advancement such as supervising or managing other agents. Some who work as bounty hunters also seek out work as private detectives in order to earn additional income, since the skillset for private detectives often overlaps with fugitive recovery.
Can you qualify for a fugitive recovery license if you have a criminal history?
In states that license fugitive recovery agents, having a criminal history may impede your ability to qualify for a license. Check with the agency in charge of licensing or regulating fugitive recovery agents in your state for further information.