How to Get Licensed As a Fugitive Recovery Agent in Georgia


Fugitive recovery agents are more commonly known as bounty hunters. In Georgia, they are legally known as bail recovery agents. These men and women assist bail bonds companies in locating criminal defendants who have jumped bail. When such fugitives do not appear at their scheduled court hearings or trials, the bail bond companies search for them and bring try to them in; otherwise, the companies lose their money.

Fugitive recovery agents are employees or owners of bail bond agencies. Bail recovery agents in Georgia must be at least 25 years old and U.S. citizens. They must also meet other specific legal requirements.

Things You'll Need

  • State firearms license
  • Bail recovery agent ID card
  • Obtain a firearms license. Fugitive recovery agents in Georgia must possess a valid state permit. Apply for this permit at a county probate court.

    To qualify for a firearms license in Georgia, individuals must be at least 21 years old. Individuals who are fugitives or who have been convicted of felonies are ineligible for licenses. Persons who have been convicted of manufacturing, distributing, possessing or using controlled substances or other dangerous drugs are also ineligible. Hospitalization in a mental hospital, alcohol treatment center or drug treatment center within the five years before applying for a permit disqualifies applicants, too.

  • Complete an 8-hour continuing education class that covers Georgia laws and the responsibilities of fugitive recovery agents and bail bond companies. The class must be part of an education program approved by the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen.

  • Make sure your employer registers you with your county sheriff's office.

    In Georgia, fugitive recovery agents must be registered in order to work in the state. Bail bond companies are responsible for completing this registration requirement.

  • Obtain an identification card from your employer, who must be a professional bondsman. The identification card must show your name, photograph and signature. It must also provide your address, height and weight. The signature of your employer must be on the identification card.

Tips & Warnings

  • Georgia does not have any minimum training requirements for individuals to meet in order to become fugitive recovery agents. However, experts in the field recommend that individuals obtain the necessary training. Aspiring recovery agents can gain their training by working in entry positions with bail bonds companies and by enrolling in courses and workshops offered by schools and professional organizations. Some fugitive recovery agents acquired their skills through previous jobs in law enforcement or the military.
  • Georgia requires that bail recovery agents complete an 8-hour continuing education class each year to maintain their professional status.

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