How to Become a Bounty Hunter in North Carolina

North Carolina refers to its bail enforcement agents as “runners.” Runners are employed by bail bondsmen to present the defendant to court or to assist in the apprehension and surrender of the defendant to a court. North Carolina does not have any specific provisions for bounty hunters, but does require that you have a certified copy of the bail bond upon surrender of the defendant to the local sheriff.

Bounty Hunter Education

To become a bounty hunter in North Carolina you must be at least 18 years of age, legally reside in the state, have no outstanding bail bond obligations or felony convictions. You must also have the knowledge, training and experience to perform bail enforcement duties competently. Additional requirements include not having been disqualified from bounty hunting from any other state.

Regulations also require that you be sponsored and employed by a licensed bail bondsman who is willing to supervise your activities. You must also sit for 20 hours of bail enforcement education to expand your training and knowledge of North Carolina’s state-specific regulations. This education is to ensure that you are more likely to perform your fugitive recovery duties competently. Following training, you must sit for and pass an exam administered by the Department of Insurance.

It is a good idea to complete a degree in sociology, criminal justice or public administration prior to starting a career as a runner in North Carolina.  A degree in any of these subjects will prove to be valuable experience as you work in the field, and it will also make you stand out from other candidates looking for a sponsor.

Bounty Hunter Certification

To become a licensed fugitive recovery agent in North Carolina, you must submit an application and a passport size photograph to the Department of Insurance. Fingerprints should also be submitted and certified by a law enforcement officer.

A background check is also required through the State Bureau of Investigation to check your criminal history and verify that you have no felony convictions. If warranted, your fingerprints may be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history background check. The final requirement for licensure is passing the North Carolina bounty hunting examination.

Each year, both a bail bondsman and a runner must renew their licenses with the state by notifying the state of their intention to continue working and a renewal fee.