How Do I Become a Bounty Hunter?

How do I become a bounty hunter? is the most common question we are asked on a daily basis.  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.

Here are 10 easy steps on becoming a bounty hunter:

  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, we wish it were that easy but it’s not – though it is definitely not impossible!

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 a lot of men and women out there trying to get in, too.

 Let us give you an advantage.

Since we don’t know anything about you or your experience, we are 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 we are 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 trade craft, 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). Commit to at least 5 hours a week just to learn more about some aspect of this business; improve your marketing skills, stay abreast of the changing climate of our industry, practice new methods of skip tracing, surveillance etc; each are extremely valuable topics to pursue.

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 school’s validity and 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.

Through this website you will find a ton of FREE information, articles and excerpts from our online bail enforcement course so that you can have an insider’s peek at what we have to offer, with no obligation whatsoever. We want you to make an informed decision and be confident in your training investment, whether that be with us or another service provider.

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, we 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 we 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 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 Pursuit Institute’s, we certainly hope that you find what you are looking for and that we can help you in your own pursuit of success! Feel free to connect with us should you have any questions!


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