Order No. 2022-04 was issued on 10/21/2022 reminding all Surety Insurers, Surety Bondsmen, Professional Bondsmen, and Runners and Other Sureties authorized to transact bail bonding business in the State of South Carolina of their obligation under the law when handling reports of noncompliance with defendants’ bail conditions including electronic monitoring. Copies of the order were distributed by mail and electronic mail to all licensees at their addresses on record with this Department.

Bondsmen who ignore or disregard reports that criminal defendants are violating the terms and conditions of the bail bond and who fail to act as outlined in S.C. Code Ann. § 38-53-50 and in accordance with the release order not only risk having their bonds estreated by the court, but they also risk the imposition of administrative disciplinary action by this Department.

A copy of the full order can be read here.

SC Code Law for Bondsmen is Title 38, Chapter 53.

All notices are sent via email. Go to to keep your current email on file. 


Initial Application

  • You will need to complete a 30-hour Pre-Licensing Course for Bail Bondsmen. Please contact the sponsors to find the locations and times for the classes.
  • Pass the Bondsman test. You may set that up through PSI
  • Once the passing test score has been uploaded to our system, you will need to apply on NIPR for a new license.
  • Contact IdentoGo to get your fingerprints taken. Bondsman ORI is SC920040Z.
  • Complete this Additional Questionnaire and email to Specialty Licensing. 

Renewal Application

Renewal Period: April 1 to June 30 annually
Here is a Navigation tool for applying through NIPR.


Court Forms

Insurance Forms

  • Surety Bondsman affidavit to Proposed Insurer
  • Former Insurer affidavit to Proposed Insurer - no outstanding
  • Former Insurer affidavit to Proposed Insurer - outstanding

Change Contact Information

Visit the NIPR website to update contact information.

Miscellaneous Forms

Insurance Company

This is a list of insurance companies that underwrite bail bonds in the state of South Carolina.