In the world of bail bonds, there are several different types of jobs.
One of those jobs is a bail permittee, which is a person who is permitted to solicit, negotiate, issue and deliver bail bonds, according to the California Bail Education textbook.
This is different compared to a bail agents who is a person permitted to solicit, negotiate and effect understandings of bail on behalf of any surety insurer, according to the textbook.
“A similar type of training is required for a bail permittee as with a bail agents,” said Inessa Chavez, vice president of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. “You still have to put in hours of studying and classroom work.”
The minimum age to be certified as a permittee and work at a bail agency such as All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita is 18 years old.
“You must be a California resident,” Chavez said. “A minimum of 20 hours of approved prelicensing classroom study and 6 hours of annual continuing education are required.”
This type of licensing is only for individuals and not for a corporation which is different from being licensed as a bail agent.
“As part of the education process, just like bail agents, you are trained in laws and regulations, rights of the accused and ethics,” Chavez said, who had to go through the training herself before she owned All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita.
There are other numerous requirements to become a bail permittee.
Federal law states that anyone who has been convicted of a felony involving dishonesty or a breach of trust from conducting insurance business cannot be licensed as a bail permittee without a written consent from the Insurance Commissioner, according to the textbook.