How Do I Become a Bounty Hunter?

Bounty Hunters arrest fugitives who skip bail for cash rewards paid to them by bail bondsmen when they fail to appear in court.

How do I become a bounty hunter?” is the most common question I am asked and as a veteran bail enforcement agent I am  uniquely qualified to answer your questions.  On this site you will find the bail enforcement training and information that others have long attempted to duplicate but have come up short because they either do not have the same amount of experience (if any at all) or they are not committed to bringing you an up to date, professional education program.

Becoming a bounty hunter shouldn’t be all that hard right? I mean I’ve boiled it down into 10 easy steps…Be a Bounty Hunter or Bail Enforcement Agent - Investigate Fugitive Recovery

  1. Find a quality bounty hunter school or training.
  2. Get licensed, if the state in you want to work requires it.
  3. If you are unsure if licensing is required, look it up.
  4. Get the essential gear and support systems in place.
  5. Market your services.
  6. When you get an assignment, find and arrest the fugitive, then take him to jail as quickly as possible.
  7. If successful, invoice and collect for services from client.
  8. Repeat steps 6 through 8 as often as necessary.
  9. Find more bounty hunter training and improve your skills so that you can successfully complete more assignments faster.
  10. Again, repeat as often as necessary.

Actually, I wish it were that easy but it’s not – though it is definitely not impossible as many want you to imagine.

To be sure, bounty hunting is a challenging career… loaded with successes and failures, as well as the occasional adrenaline charged pursuit resulting in the arrest of a hunted man or woman.  With the right education this can be a rewarding occupation, but you have to learn industry secrets quickly to be competitive. There are alot of men and women out there trying to get in, too.

Let me give you an advantage.

Since I don’t know anything about you or your experience, I am going to assume that you are starting from scratch… no experience with the bail bond industry, skip tracing, taking people into custody, or finding a bounty hunter job.

With that in mind I am going to give you the best advice you will get in our profession:

Commit right now to becoming a lifelong student of the bail recovery tradecraft, which means (most importantly) finding a mentor, taking courses, reading books, research, practicing and refining critical skills and networking! This is not just for the short-term… but also for as long as you intend to find fugitives for business (or for pleasure). I commit to at least 5 hours a week just to learn more about some aspect of this business; improving my marketing skills, staying abreast of the changing climate of our industry, practicing new methods of skip tracing, etc; each are extremely valuable topics to pursue.

Competency is developed from the study and refinement of these skills. Competency leads to success!

This is absolutely not a career or job that you should take lightly… it can be dangerous. There are many secrets you need to learn in order to remain reasonably safe, liability-free and staying legal so that you do not end up in jail, too. Finding the right school is of paramount importance. No other single decision made by someone wanting to learn to become a bounty hunter is as crucial!

Finding the right course can be tough! You have to consider a lot of options and weed through the rip-off courses (and there are more than a few) to find a truly great bail recovery course. Ask about the training director’s validity and his background… if they do not answer your questions or get defensive, that would be a really good sign to stay away. Pick their brain a little… does what they have to say give you cause for concern or does something feel not quite right? Walk away if something feels wrong.

Click here to find out more about choosing the right fugitive recovery course.

Through this website you will find a ton of FREE information, articles and excerpts from my online bail enforcement course so that you can have an insider’s peek at what we have to offer, with no obligation whatsoever. I want you to make an informed decision and be confident in your training investment, whether that be with us or another service provider.Be a Bounty Hunter or Bail Enforcement Agent - Investigate Fugitive Recovery

Ultimately a variety of courses and books from a few reputable companies would be in your best interest; this is a complicated business. The professionals all tend to approach the industry a little bit differently and no one can cover every topic important to your success as a bail enforcement agent. It would not hurt to expose yourself to as much information as you feel comfortable or are able to afford.

Lastly, I want to leave you with this:

Having dealt with thousands upon thousands of people asking the most frequent questions about getting started in bail enforcement I find that the one singular cause of frustration and eventual failure is that people interested in becoming a bounty hunter are too busy trying to reinvent the wheel rather than enlisting the help of a bail enforcement agent has been in the field a while or availing themselves of their training programs.

Give yourself a fighting chance and start with Step #1, get quality training, rather than starting halfway down the list.

You’ll be glad you did.

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.-Muhammad Ali

Thank you for visiting BeABountyHunter.com, I certainly hope that you find what you are looking for and that I can help you in your own pursuit of success! Feel free to connect with me should you have any questions!

Warmest Regards,

L. Scott Harrell, Owner
CompassPoint Investigations
In Relentless Pursuit of your Success!
http://compasspointpi.com

FLPI Lic# A 2500251
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L. Scott Harrell began a full-time career in private investigation and bail enforcement in 1995. He has apprehended over 1,700 bail fugitives and successfully closed several hundred additional skip trace and missing persons assignments. He routinely works with national surety companies and owned two very successful investigation agencies in Louisiana, Texas and now Florida. He is a noted speaker, author and mentor in the bail enforcement and fugitive recovery profession.

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  1. Linda Quejado` says:

    Aloha my name is Linda Quejado and I was interested in becoming a bounty hunter my question is how do I go about getting my license? I live in the state of oahu, hi please give me a call at (808)454-0550 Mahalo

    • I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice, but from what I understand there is no specific licenses required for Bounty Hunters in Hawaii.

      Bail Enforcement specific training is absolutely the most important investment you can make in yourself! Our comprehensive online course (only $129.95) in Bail Enforcement will facilitate a career in this field. You will learn the basic techniques of Apprehending a Bail Fugitive and other very important aspects of the bail recovery occupation. The course outline can be found here: http://beabountyhunter.com/main/online-course

      In addition I teach you how to market yourself, network properly in the right places, become attractive to potential employers and how to obtain new clients so that you will have the edge over others competing for the same job opportunities. These concepts are so important that we’ve dedicated several chapters to them specifically.

      Good luck in your endeavors.

      • Thanks Scott
        I have always wanted to get into bounty hunting.
        I live in Huntsville, Alabama and really want to help the police here get those that run from the law.
        I have went out with a friend who is in PI work.
        He and i were looking at a house of the man we were after and the man rolled up on us.
        You are not kidding when you said there is danger involved because there is but, that only made me want to get into it that much more.
        can you give me any tips that i can use?

  2. Cole says:

    how hard is it to become a bail enforcment agent in texas and what are the requirements in texas to become a bailenforcement agent

    • In order to apprehend bail fugitives Texas if you are not a commissioned peace officer you must obtain your Private Investigator license from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Private Security Bureau.
      They have their own background, age and pre-licensing requirements.

      See: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/psb/consumer/bounty_hunter.htm Contact the Texas Department of Public Safety in Texas for licensing questions.

      Network and get as much training as you can. Bail enforcement agents must be good investigators. Call and ask local recovery agents who may be able to point you in the right direction. If you want to get into the business get used to reading statutes, learn how to find them etc. to be successful. Spend some time in your local library reading about bail law to inform yourself of the laws regarding bail investigation. These laws may vary from state to state.

      Take a course or two in Bail enforcement. Bail Enforcement specific training is the most important investment you can make in yourself!

      Our comprehensive online course (only $129.95) in Bail Enforcement will facilitate a career in this field. You will learn the basic techniques of Apprehending a Bail Fugitive and other very important aspects of the bail recovery occupation. The course outline can be found here: http://beabountyhunter.com/main/online-course

      Good luck in your endeavors.

  3. Robert says:

    hi my name is robert i have a question wear are the schools at and wat do i need to do to become a bounty huntin in Williamsport PA

  4. FOX says:

    how i get my license in Indonesia? you can send me message to my email

    • I am sorry, I am not familiar with licensing laws in Indonesia.

      I am not familiar with your bail laws and whether or not they provide for private bail and the ability or the authority to apprehend bail-secured defendants for a reward or payment.

  5. jamal morris says:

    Hello I am also inerested to become a bounty hunter in the state of new jersey . number 201-687-4488

    • Bounty Hunting became is regulated by the Division of State Police in New Jersey.

      See: http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/about/pd-bounty-hunters.html

      My comprehensive online course (only $129.95) in Bail Enforcement will facilitate a career in this field. You will learn the basic techniques of Apprehending a Bail Fugitive and other very important aspects of the bail recovery occupation. I also teach you how to market yourself, network properly in the right places, become attractive to potential employers and how to obtain new clients so that you will have the edge over others competing for the same job opportunities. These concepts are so important that we’ve dedicated several chapters to them specifically.

      The course outline can be found here: http://beabountyhunter.com/online_program_outline.htm

  6. jamal morris says:

    I am inerested in bounty hunter of the state of new jersey

  7. Matthew Durrence says:

    hi, my name is matt and i am 22 years old and I live in Leesburg GA. Am I old enough to become a fugitive recovery agent? If so, how?

    • Bounty Hunting in Georgia is regulated by the Georgia General Assembly in conjunction with the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen

      See: http://www.gapb.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=6

      Network and get as much training as you can. Bail enforcement agents must be good investigators. Call and ask local recovery agents who may be able to point you in the right direction. If you want to get into the business get used to reading statutes, learn how to find them etc. to be successful. Spend some time in your local library reading about bail law to inform yourself of the laws regarding bail investigation. These laws may vary from state to state.

      Take a course or two in Bail enforcement. Bail Enforcement specific training is the most important investment you can make in yourself!

      Our comprehensive online course (only $129.95) in Bail Enforcement will facilitate a career in this field. You will learn the basic techniques of Apprehending a Bail Fugitive and other very important aspects of the bail recovery occupation. The course outline can be found here: http://beabountyhunter.com/main/online-course

      Good luck in your endeavors.

  8. chad hoffman says:

    Hi my name is chad. Right now I am a privte security. Looking to get into bail enforcement. I am in virginia. Just had some questions on it. Please email me or text me my number is 757 913 2192. Please state who you are so I know who it is. Thank you

    • Bounty Hunters in Virginia are regulated through the Department of Criminal Justice Service Private Security Services.

      See this link for the qualifications: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/pss/howto/licenses/bailbondsman.cfm

      My comprehensive online course (only $129.95) in Bail Enforcement will facilitate a career in this field. You will learn the basic techniques of Apprehending a Bail Fugitive and other very important aspects of the bail recovery occupation. I also teach you how to market yourself, network properly in the right places, become attractive to potential employers and how to obtain new clients so that you will have the edge over others competing for the same job opportunities. These concepts are so important that we’ve dedicated several chapters to them specifically.

      The course outline can be found here: http://beabountyhunter.com/online_program_outline.htm

    • Bounty Hunters in Virginia are called Bail Enforcement Agents.

      They are regulated through the Department of Criminal Justice Service Private Security Services.

      See this link for the qualifications: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/pss/special/bailEnforcementAgent.cfm

      Network and get as much training as you can. Bail enforcement agents must be good investigators. Call and ask local recovery agents who may be able to point you in the right direction. If you want to get into the business get used to reading statutes, learn how to find them etc. to be successful. Spend some time in your local library reading about bail law to inform yourself of the laws regarding bail investigation. These laws may vary from state to state.

      Bail Enforcement specific training is absolutely the most important investment you can make in yourself! Our comprehensive online course (only $129.95) in Bail Enforcement will facilitate a career in this field. You will learn the basic techniques of Apprehending a Bail Fugitive and other very important aspects of the bail recovery occupation. The course outline can be found here: http://beabountyhunter.com/main/online-course

      In addition I teach you how to market yourself, network properly in the right places, become attractive to potential employers and how to obtain new clients so that you will have the edge over others competing for the same job opportunities. These concepts are so important that we’ve dedicated several chapters to them specifically.

      Ultimately a variety of courses and/or books from a few reputable companies would be in your best interest- this is a complicated business and the “pros” all tend to approach the industry a little bit differently and none of us are able to cover everything 100%; it would not hurt to expose yourself to as much as you feel comfortable.

      Good luck in your endeavors.

  9. eric says:

    I am also inerested to become a bounty hunter in Scranton pa you can send me message to my email

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