Louisiana Bounty Hunter Guide: Requirements and Steps
Louisiana is the 25th most populous state with a population of 4.65 million people.1 Bounty hunters in the state are licensed by the Louisiana Department of Insurance. Bounty hunters use various techniques to find and apprehend fugitives who have skipped bail. Chapter 49 Regulation 65 of the Louisiana Administrative Code provides licensing guidelines for bail bondsmen and bail enforcement agents in the state. Per Chapter 49, bail recovery agents must be licensed as bail bond agents. If you are interested in becoming a bail recovery agent in Louisiana, continue reading for information on bail bond agent licensing requirements and procedures.
Requirements for Prospective Bail Recovery Agents in Louisiana
In Louisiana, bail recovery agents must be at least 18 years of age, be a US citizen or resident alien, and have no felony convictions. Once you meet those basic requirements, you can start the process of becoming a bail recovery agent in Louisiana.
Steps to a Career as a Bounty Hunter in Louisiana
Louisiana requires all bail agents to be licensed; bail recovery agents must adhere to the same licensing requirements as bail bond agents. Below are the four steps needed to become a bail recovery agent in Louisiana.
1. Complete the bail bond apprentice program.
The first step in becoming a bail recovery agent in Louisiana is to complete the bail bond apprentice program. Ther Louisiana bail bond apprentice program is a three-month program that requires prospective bail agents to work with a supervising bail bond producer for at least 24 hours per week. You will need to identify a supervisor, a licensed bail bond agent or bail recovery agent, to work with for the duration of the apprenticeship and he or she will be required to compensate you and maintain updated records on timesheets and payroll information. To enroll, you must register for the program at least 10 days before starting to work. Upon completion of the apprentice program, your supervisor must complete and submit the three month bail bond apprentice affidavit to the Department.
2. Obtain the appropriate training.
In addition to completing the apprenticeship program, applicants for licensure as bail recovery agents must complete eight hours of prelicensing education. The Department provides a listing of approved pre-license educators in the state. Bail bond training will cost about $325. Once you complete the pre-licensing education, you are ready to apply for licensure.
3. Complete the application.
After completing the three-month apprentice program and the pre-licensing education, individuals hoping to become licensed as bail recovery agents must submit an application to the Department. As of April 2016, the application fee was $75. If you are not a resident of Louisiana, you must submit your application electronically. Along with your application, you must submit to a criminal background check and fingerprinting. You may complete your fingerprinting at the testing site.
4. Take and pass the exam.
Before receiving your license, you must pass the licensing examination. Bail agents must complete the Bail Bond Series 108 exam and the fee is $15 (as of April 2016). You may retake the bail bond examination as many times as needed to pass, but you must pass within one year of submitting your application. The exam is 60 minutes and consists of 50 questions. You must score 70% or higher to pass. Consult the content study guide for topics that will be covered on the exam.
5. Receive your license.
Upon passing the examination and background check, you will become a licensed bail agent in Louisiana. With this license, you can locate and find fugitives for bail bondsmen or independently. Louisiana state law requires that you notify the law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction prior to apprehending a fugitive.
In Louisiana, bail agent licenses must be renewed on or before January 1 on odd years. To renew your license, bail agents must complete 12 hours of continuing education (CE); four CE hours must be in bail enforcement.
Bail recovery agents may supplement their income by working in fields related to bounty hunting. Two of those jobs include working as a private investigator (PI) or a process server. Each state has different requirements for PIs and process servers. To learn more about both professions and Louisiana-specific requirements continue reading below.
Private Investigator/ Private Detective
Private detectives (PDs) work for clients to find information on personal, financial, or criminal matters. Private investigators in Louisiana are licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigators. In Louisiana, private investigators must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have no felony convictions nor any convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude
- Be a US citizen or resident alien
- Not have a dependence on drugs or alcohol
- Have three years of investigative experience
- Complete the 40-hour basic private investigator course
- Take and pass the PI exam
To request an application, send $5 (as of April 2016), your name, address, and the license type to the Lousiana Board of Private Investigator Examiners.
Another way bail recovery agents supplement their income is by working as process servers. In this profession, individuals work for the court system to file legal papers, serve documents to parties involved in a lawsuit, and retrieve documents when needed. Process servers in Louisiana are not required to be licensed, but they must be at least 18 years of age and a US citizen (or resident alien) to work. For more information or to get started, visit your county clerk’s office.
Training and Education Options in Louisiana
In addition to the training required by the Louisiana Department of Insurance, you should look into obtaining an associate degree or certificate in criminal justice to enhance your bail enforcement training. A degree in criminal justice will broaden your ability to understand the criminal justice system and help you understand how to develop research strategies that could help you locate and detain fugitives in your career. Having formal education may also show your potential employer that you are serious about your career. Below we have identified some schools across the state of Louisiana that offer an associate degree in criminal justice or a related field.
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E Texas
Bossier, LA 71111
Grambling State University
403 Main St
Grambling, LA 71245
Louisiana State University at Eunice
2048 Johnson Hwy
Eunice, LA 70535
Sowela Technical College
3820 Sen J Bennett Johnston Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70615
Bail recovery agents must use a variety of sources to find work. The Louisiana bail apprenticeship should help you meet some other bail bond agents who may be looking to hire someone. If you don’t already have one, consider finding a mentor who can provide you with advice on searching for work as a bail recovery agent. You should consider joining a bail bond association to grow your network and to find new leads on jobs. Over 30 bail bond agents are registered with the Professional Bail Agents of the US in the state of Louisiana.
Featured Bail Bonds Agencies in Louisiana
Below is a listing of top-rated and/or well-known bail bond agencies in Louisiana to help you find job opportunities.
Abra-Ca-Da-Bra Bail Bonds
2909 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
333 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
Blair’s Bail Bonds
2767 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
Cousin’s Bail Bonds
1015 4th St
Gretna, LA 70053
Laurie’s Bail Bonds
2705 Meche Ln
Port Allen, LA 70767
Tina’s Bail Bonds
326 South Broad Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
Troy’s Bail Bonds
221 Derbigny St
Gretna, LA 70053
Ruffin Bail Bonds
1713 Wooddale Blvd, Ste 37
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Statewide Bail Bonds
3236 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001
If you want to find even more bail bond agents in Louisiana, use the Find a Bail Agent tool on the PBUS website.
Bounty Hunter Salary and Outlook in Louisiana
Salary data is not provided for bail recovery agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because bail recovery and private investigation careers are similar, we use salary data from that profession (PI) as a proxy. In Louisiana, 380 private investigators were employed in 2015 and they earned an average annual salary of $40,940.2 Projections Central projects that jobs for PIs in Louisiana will increase by 14.8% between 2012 and the year 2022.3
|City or Metropolitan Area||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary||Lafayette||60||$32,590||New Orleans||N/A*||$42,450||Baton Rouge||70||$40,670|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.2
*Estimates not released by the BLS.
Following are two associations that host events and other networking opportunities that may be beneficial to your bail recovery career:
- Association of Louisiana Bail Underwriters – An association of bail agents iin Louisiana that provides legal resources and networking opportunities.
- Louisiana Private Investigator Association – An association of licensed private investigators that provides networking and continuing education opportunities in Louisiana.
1. US Census Bureau Quick Facts, Louisiana: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/LA/PST045219
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015, Louisiana: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_la.htm
3. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm