Licensing Requirements

Professional Bail Bondsman
  • Please complete the professional bondsman / runner / surety bondsman application online by selecting SCDOI Online Services. Any trade name used must be shown on the application. The department must be advised immediately of any change in trade name, business, or residence address.
  • Pay the license fee of $400. The license fee is non-refundable. Checks should be made payable to the South Carolina Department of Insurance.
  • Attach a passport-sized photograph to the application.
  • Provide proof of completion of a 20-hour bail bonding pre-licensing education.
  • Provide the original exam score report from PSI. The score report expires 12 months after issuance. Contact PSI directly at 800-733-9267. View exam content outlines.
  • Submit two fingerprint cards. The fingerprint cards should be coded for the South Carolina Department of Insurance and must be certified by an authorized law enforcement officer. The top portion of the cards must be entirely completed.
  • Submit proof of net worth (current bank statement or certificate of deposit).

Please do not highlight any areas of the documentation being submitted to the department. Highlighted documents may be returned.

Runner & Surety Bondsman
View runner and surety bondsman license requirements.