Nevada Bounty Hunter Guide: Requirements and Steps

With a private bail system in place, Nevada offers a licensing structure for bounty hunters or bail enforcement agents to work legally in the state. The state allows bail enforcement from private individuals and even though the perform the same duties, the state prohibits the use of the word “bounty hunter.” Bail enforcement agents in Nevada must be licensed by the Nevada Division of Insurance. Bail enforcement agents work for bail bondsmen to locate and return defendants who have skipped bail. If you are interested in becoming a bail enforcement agent in Nevada, you’ll need to understand the licensure requirements and steps to follow before beginning work. This information can be found below.

Requirements for Prospective Bail Enforcement Agents in Nevada

Working as a bail enforcement agent can be a dangerous job. To ensure the safety of the agent as well as the fugitive, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a US or naturalized citizen
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a resident of Nevada for at least one year
  • Have no felony convictions, convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude or any crimes involving a controlled substance

Steps to a Career as a Bail Enforcement Agent in Nevada

Subsequent to meeting the requirements, there is a process you must follow in order to receive your license from the Division of Insurance. In Nevada, bail enforcement agents must submit an application, attend a training course, and pass an exam to become licensed. For more details on each step in the process, continue reading.

1. Complete the required training.

The Division requires that you complete an 80-hour basic bail enforcement course prior to receiving your license. The training will include topics like Nevada law, operational procedures for field work, skills needed to be a bail enforcement agent, and ethics of an agent. The Division has approved training through the College of Southern Nevada or Truckee Meadows Community College. If you were trained for a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency as a peace officer or you received training the armed forces, that experience can be substituted for the basic training course. You must also complete a first aid and CPR certification course. In addition to this training, you may wish to pursue a formal education in criminal justice to further enhance your bail enforcement training.

2. Take and pass the examination.

All bail enforcement agent applicants must take and pass the Nevada State Insurance Exam. The exam consists of 50 questions and you must answer 67% of the questions correctly to pass. As of May 2016, the exam fee was $51. The test administrator provides a content outline to help you prepare for the exam. There is no limit on the number of times you can take the exam to pass.

3. Complete the application.

After you’ve completed the training and the exam, you may apply for licensure as a bail enforcement agent. As of May 2016, the application and license fee in Nevada is $185. Applicants must undergo a background criminal history check which includes fingerprints. The cost for fingerprinting and the background check is $38.25 (as of May 2016). To become licensed, you have to submit to a psychological examination from a psychiatrist or psychologist licensed in the state of Nevada. You must submit the following documentation with your application:

  • A certified copy of your high school diploma or GED
  • A copy of your Nevada state driver’s license
  • The results of your psychological examination
  • Certification that you completed the basic training course

You will also need to submit to a drug test, to be taken within 30 days of submitting your application. If you are not a US citizen, you must submit a copy of your green card or resident alien identification card.

4. Receive your license.

After completing the steps listed above, you will become a licensed bail enforcement agent in the state of Nevada. Bail enforcement agents must renew their license every three years. To renew, you must complete three hours of continuing education from a provider approved by the Division of Insurance. As of May 2016, the fee to renew a bail enforcement agent license in Nevada is $185.

Related Careers

Bail enforcement agents will often work other jobs to gain more experience or to supplement their monthly income. Two of those positions include working as a private investigator or working as a process server. Here is some information for both professions in Nevada.

Private Investigator/ Private Detective

Private detectives (PDs) work to find information on personal, financial, or criminal matters for their clients. Private investigators in Nevada are licensed by the Nevada Private Investigator’s Licensing Board. Private investigators in Nevada must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude, illegal use or possession of a weapon, and no felony convictions
  • Be a US citizen or resident alien
  • Submit to a criminal background check and be fingerprinted*
  • Have five years of investigative experience (10,000 hours)
  • Take and pass the exam
  • Pay an application and licensure fee of $750 (May 2016)
  • Provide all application documentation to the Board

*If you have ever lived in or visited the state of California, you must submit a fingerprint card for California in addition to a fingerprint card for Nevada.

To apply for a private investigator license in Nevada, submit an application to the Licensing Board.

Process Server

Some bail enforcement agents may also work as process servers to earn additional income. A process server works for the court system to file legal papers, serve documents to parties involved in a lawsuit, and retrieve documents when needed. Process servers in Nevada must be licensed by the Nevada Private Investigator’s Licensing Board. To be issued a license, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude
  • Be a US citizen or have the right to work in the US
  • Pass the state examination
  • Pass a criminal background check

For an application to become a process server, visit the Nevada Attorney General website. The application and license fees are $750 (as of May 2016).

Training and Education Options in Nevada

You can add to your training by obtaining a two- or four-year degree in criminal justice or a related field. Training in criminal justice can teach you how to interpret the law and help you understand and resolve social problems. Another benefit to having a degree in criminal justice is that it shows potential employers that you take your career seriously. Below we have identified some schools in Nevada that offer an associate degree in criminal justice or a related field.

College of Southern Nevada
700 College Dr
Henderson, NV 89002

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

Western Nevada College
2201 W College Pkwy
Carson City, NV 89703

Finding Work

As you start your career in bail enforcement, you will need to begin networking and possibly identify an experienced mentor to guide you along your path. Most bail enforcement jobs are found via word-of-mouth so having a professional network in place will be key. Join a local bail bondsmen association to meet other bondsmen and perhaps identify an apprenticeship program. Professional Bail Agents of the US lists 17 member bail bond agencies in the state of Nevada.

Featured Bail Bond Agencies in Nevada

This listing provides information on some highly-rated or well-known bail bond agencies in Nevada. We recommend that you start your career by contacting one or more of these bail bond agents.

A Hope Bail Bonds
800 S Casino Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Able Bail Bonds
4430 Bennie Ln
Reno, NV 89512

Action Bail Bonds
575 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

Bail Bonds Unlimited
205 S Sierra St
Ste 101
Reno, NV 89501

Dad’s Bail Bonds
600 S 3d St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

eBail Bail Bonds in Las Vegas
3100 E Charleston Blvd
Ste 108
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Express Bail Bonds
820 S Casino Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Free Bail Bonds
121 Gass Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Hero Bail Bonds
117 Gass Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Knotty Girls Bail Bonds
1479 S Wells Ave
Ste 1
Reno, NV 89502

Mac’s Bail Bonds
910 E Parr Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

To find more bail agents in Nevada, use the Find a Bail Agent tool on the PBUS website.

Bounty Hunter Salary and Outlook in Nevada

Salary data is not provided for bail enforcement agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), so we use data for private investigators due to the similarities in the job function. In 2015, 210 private investigators were employed in Nevada and they earned an average annual salary of $44,300.2 Projections Central projects that jobs for private investigators will increase by 6% between the years 2012 and 2022.3

City or Metropolitan AreaNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise140$43,800

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.2

Additional Resources

Here are two associations that may be beneficial to your bail enforcement career.

1. US Census Bureau Quick Facts, Nevada: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/NV/PST045219
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015, Nevada: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nv.htm
3. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: https://projectionscentral.org/Projections/LongTerm