Bail Bond Apprentice Program Information
Under Louisiana law (La. R.S. 22:1574) a person seeking to become a resident individual insurance producer for the line of bail bond is required to first participate in the Bail Bond Apprentice Program.
Step One: Register
Individuals are required to register with the Department of Insurance at least ten days prior to beginning a bail bond apprenticeship program. The prospective apprentice must complete and submit to the Department the Bail Bond Apprentice Program Registration Form. This form may be faxed to (225) 342-3754.
Step Two: Employment
The Bail Bond Apprentice Program is comprised of three consecutive months of employment with a Louisiana licensed bail bond producer (supervising producer) during which the apprentice is required to work no less than 24 hours per week. During that time the apprentice is to observe the supervising producer perform every phase of the bail bond business and to perform all of those phases except for the solicitation, negotiation, quotation of fees and execution of the bail bonds.
The apprentice must be employed and paid by the supervising bail bond producer and the supervising producer is required to maintain records including time sheets and payroll information about that employment. This information is subject to examination and review by the Department of Insurance.
The apprentice may not be paid commissions on insurance business written by the supervising producer and may not engage in any activity for which an insurance producer license is required. A person who has been convicted of any felony is prohibited from participating in the Bail Bond Apprentice Program.
Step 3: Prelicensing Education Course and Application
Before the end of the Apprentice Program the apprentice must complete the prelicensing education course. After completion of the prelicensing course, the apprentice must submit an application for license to the Department and schedule and sit for the required examination. The apprentice must submit the application and sit for the examination within one year of completion of the prelicensing course.
Step 4: Apprentice Affidavit
After submission of the application form to the Department the apprentice and the supervising producer must complete the Three Month Bail Bond Apprentice Affidavit and submit it directly to the Department of Insurance. No person will be allowed to sit for the required examination until the Affidavit has been completed and submitted to the Department of Insurance.
An applicant for a resident insurance producer license for the line of bail bond will also be subject to the fingerprinting requirements.