Surety Insurance Companies - Bail Bond Authority
Legislative Change Resources
2015 Legislative Updates
S.L. 2015-180 - AN ACT TO AMEND THE STATUTES GOVERNING BAIL BONDSMEN TO INCREASE THE AGE OF QUALIFICATION FOR LICENSURE AS A BAIL BONDSMAN OR RUNNER, TO LENGTHEN THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE RETURN OF SECURITY TO INCLUDE THE TIME PERIOD IN WHICH AN APPEAL FROM DISTRICT COURT MAY BE FILED, TO REQUIRE THE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE TO RETURN THE AMOUNT OF A BONDSMAN'S SECURITY DEPOSIT ABOVE OUTSTANDING BOND LIABILITY IN EVENT THE BONDSMAN IS KILLED OR CEASES WRITING BONDS, AND TO ALLOW A BONDSMAN TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS' CIVIL INFORMATION SYSTEMS.
S.L. 2015-180 was signed by the Governor and became effective August 5, 2015.
Section 1 of S. L. 2015-180 amends G.S. 58-71-50 (b)(1) to require bondsmen to be 21 years of age or over effective August 5, 2015. This applies to applications for licenses filed on or after the August 5, 2015 date.
Section 2 of S.L. 2015-180 amends G.S. 58-71-95(5) to increase the amount of time for return of collateral security or other indemnity requested by the bondsmen to 15 days after final termination of liability on the bond.
Section 3 of S.L. 2015-180 amends GS. 58-71-151 adding language to indicate how security deposits can be returned. "If a bondsman discontinues writing bonds due to death, permanent incapacitation, or some other circumstance that results in the bondsman returning the license issued under this Article to the Commissioner and the Commissioner is satisfied that no more bonds can be written against the bondsman's security deposit, the Commissioner shall return the portion of the security deposit in excess of that required to secure the bondsman's outstanding bond liability."
Section 4 amends G.S. 58-71-200 to allow all actively licensed professional bail bondsmen, surety bail bondsmen, and bail bond runners to request access to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts' (NCAOC) civil records, in addition to criminal records. Bondsmen and runners requesting access to the Automated Criminal/Infractions System (ACIS) and the Civil Case Processing System (VCAP) pursuant to G.S. 58-71-200 should follow these "Instructions for NCAOC's Criminal (ACIS) and Civil (VCAP) Systems Access for Bondsmen and Runners"
All questions about these Instructions for Bondsmen and Runners requesting access to NCAOC's Criminal and Civil Data should be directed to NCAOC's Access Administration team at 919-890-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Agent Services Division at 919-807-6800 if you have any questions.