Surety Bondsman Licensing Requirements

Apply for a Surety Bondsman License
  • Please complete the professional bondsman / runner / surety bondsman license application. 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.
  • Attach a passport-sized photograph to the application.
  • Provide proof of completion of a 20-hour bail bonding pre-licensing education.
  • Provide proof of passing the producer licensing examination. All bondsman applicants must obtain a producer license before applying.
  • 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.