How to Become a Bounty Hunter in Tennessee

Bounty hunting in Tennessee is not governed by any specific legislation. Because of this, Tennessee is 1 of the easiest states in which to find employment as a bounty hunter. Tennessee does require bounty hunters to complete 8 hours of continuing education courses in order to obtain a certificate that qualifies them for the profession, however. Those persons with a felony record may not qualify to be a bounty hunter in Tennessee.

In Tennessee, a fugitive recovery agent has the authority to make an arrest only after providing law enforcement with a warrant, a copy of the bond and credentials of the bondsman on behalf of whom they are making the arrest. Fugitive recovery activities such as skip tracing are legal in Tennessee, and bounty hunters in Tennessee are authorized to carry firearms with the proper permits in accordance with common law.

Because you do not need a license to operate as a fugitive tracker in Tennessee, and because there are no provisions that apply explicitly to the regulation of bounty hunters in the state, it is possible to become a fugitive tracker in Tennessee with a criminal record. However, you cannot have been convicted of a felony.

The first step in becoming a bounty hunter in Tennessee is to complete the required 8 hours of education classes needed in order to obtain your certificate. Before taking the course, which is administered by the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents, you must undergo a criminal background check showing that you have never been convicted of a felony. Costs for the course may not exceed the amount of $240.

Once you have completed the education requirements and receive your certificate, you must find employment under a bail bondsman or other insurance company that deals in bail bonds. There are a number of bail insurance providers and other bail enforcement agencies in the state of Tennessee that you can contact for employment.

Even though there are no specific educational and licensing requirements for bounty hunters in Tennessee, it is recommended that those considering the profession become familiar with federal legislation that applies to bounty hunting by earning a college degree in criminal justice or public administration.  As well has providing a good foundation of knowledge on the U.S. criminal justice system, a degree in either subject opens up other law enforcement career opportunities  such as patrol officer or corrections officer.