How to Become a Bounty Hunter in Missouri


In the state of Missouri, bounty hunters are also known as bail recovery agents and are regulated by the State Department of Insurance. These individuals find those out on bail and fugitives from the law. While the job may sound exciting, it does require some effort. Only after doing specific things can someone become a bounty hunter in Missouri.

  • Complete the initial basic training as outlined on the Missouri Department of Insurance website. Once you’ve completed this step you’ll have one year in which to apply for your bounty hunter license in the state. This basic training covers all the coursework you’ll need to take prior to taking the final examination.

  • Schedule an examination from the Pearson Vue website. Once you register to take the test you can download practice exams and a study guide so you can see exactly what type of questions you’ll be asked. The company has testing centers scattered throughout Missouri.

  • Set up a time to be fingerprinted. The state uses only one company, L-1 Identity Solutions. The website allows you to schedule a time for the fingerprinting and lets you see anything you may need to bring with you. They will then send the information directly to the Missouri Department of Insurance.

  • Complete the application form found on the Missouri Department of Insurance website. This PDF file contains everything you need to know about working as a bounty hunter in the state and includes detailed information on filling out the form as well as any other information you may need to send the state.

  • Mail the completed form along with a check or money order to pay for your licensing fees to the Missouri Department of Insurance. Once they’ve received all your forms and testing results they’ll make a determination and mail you your license if you’ve been approved.

Tips & Warnings

  • Missouri has several types of bail bond agents including those that handle only property. Make sure you know what type of agents you’ll be working with in the future.
  • Pay attention to the expiration date on your license. If your license expires, you’ll need to start the process all over again from scratch.

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