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2014 Legislative Updates

S. L. 2014- 120 – Regulatory Relief/Various Administrative Reforms

S. L. 2014 – 120 was signed by the Governor and became effective September 18, 2014.

Section 12.(a) of S.L. 2014-120 amends G.S. 58-71-40 (d1) to allow the design of the shield approved under G.S. 74C-5(12) and pictured in 12 NCAC 07D.0405 to be altered by stamping, inlaying, embossing, enameling or engraving to accommodate the license number. The size of the shield shall be 1.88 inches wide and 2.36 inches high.

Section 12(b) of S.L. 2014-120 amends G.S. 15A-540 by adding a new subsection "(d) a surety may utilize services and assistance of any surety bondsman, professional bondsman , or runner licensed under G.S. 58-71-40 to effect the arrest or surrender of a defendant under subsection (a) or (b) of this section".

2013 Legislative Updates

House Bill 597 – An Act to Approve an Official Shield for Bail Bondsmen

Effective June 26, 2013, a new subsection was added to North Carolina General Statute § 58-71-40 to authorize a licensed bondsman while engaged in official duties to display a shield. The shield must comply with North Carolina General Statute § 74C-5(12) and 12 NCAC 07D.0405 on May 2, 2013, and include other required wordage.

2011 Legislative Changes

House Bill 335 – Effective October 15, 2011, North Carolina G.S. 58-71-200 allows licensed professional bail bondsmen, surety bail bondsmen, and bail bond runners access to the Administrative Office of the Court’s criminal information systems.

House Bill 649 - An act to amend the laws pertaining to grounds for revocation of licensure under the laws regulating bail bondsmen and allowing a bail agent acting on behalf of a surety company to make written motions regarding setting aside bail forfeiture and relief from final judgment of bail forfeiture under the laws pertaining to criminal procedure.

House Bill 298 – Insurance Law Changes Effective July 1, 2011, update to North Carolina General Statute 58-2-69(g) relative to the Commissioner contracting with the NAIC or other persons for the provision of online services to applicants and licensees.

Bondsman and Runner Access to Criminal Record Information

Pursuant to House Bill 335 (SESSION LAW 2011-412), new bail bond statute G.S. 58-71-200, allows for all actively licensed professional bail bondsmen, surety bail bondsmen, and bail bond runners to apply to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) and pay an initial setup fee to get access to NCAOC criminal record information. G.S. 58-71-200 is effective October 15, 2011, and all hardware, software, telecommunications charges, or other expenditures required for such access shall be the sole responsibility of the individual bondsman or runner. Bondsmen and runners requesting access to the Automated Criminal/Infractions System (ACIS) pursuant to G.S. 58-71-200 should follow the instructions provided by NCAOC

All questions about these instructions should be directed to NCAOC’s Security Administration team at 919-890-2221 or

Please contact Agent Services Division at 919-807-6800 if you have any questions.