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How Much Does Bail Cost?

AboutBail has compiled a list of the allowable bail bond premiums by state to serve as a resource to illustrate how much bail costs in each state. The amount that bail agents are allowed to charge varies by state and regulations. If you are looking to find what each state sets as a rate, look no further.

The Cost of Bail By State

Bail Cost By State

Bail Costs Table

StateAllowable Bail PremiumAdditional InformationSource
Alabama 10% mandated   Alabama Department of Insurance
Alaska No maximum set However, rates must be filed with Division of Insurance. Alaska Division of Insurance
Arizona 10% mandated 8% special exceptions Arizona Department of Insurance
Arkansas 10% (within $5) maximum $50 minimum 2010 Arkansas Code § 17-19-301
California 10% maximum   Consumers: Surety and Bail Bonds, California Department of Insurance
Colorado 15% maximum   Consumer Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, Colorado Division of Insurance
Connecticut $50.00 for bond amounts up to $500.00; 10% of the bond's face value for bond amounts from $500.00 to $5,000.00; and 7% of the bond's face value for bond amounts in excess of $5,000.00   CT General Statutes Chapter 701
Delaware No maximum set   Delaware Department of Insurance
District of Columbia There is no private bail in DC.
Florida At least 6.5%   FL Statutes Title XXXVII Chapter 624, Section 4094
Georgia Cannot exceed 15% or $50, whichever is greater.   Georgia Code - Criminal Procedure - Title 17, Section 17-6-30
Hawaii No maximum set   Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Idaho No maximum set Premium rates are not to be excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory. Idaho Code § 41-1405
Illinois There is no private bail in Illinois.
Indiana 10%   Indiana Department of Insurance
Iowa No maximum set Cannot exceed the rate on file with the IID. Iowa Insurance Department
Kansas No maximum set   Kansas Insurance Department
Kentucky There is no private bail in Kentucky.
Louisiana Cannot exceed 12% or $120, whichever is greater.   LA Rev Stat § 22:1443
Maine Commercial bail is very rare in Maine.
Maryland 10%   Maryland Insurance Administration
Massachusetts There is no private bail in Massachusetts.
Michigan 10% maximum Regular prevailing fee which shall not exceed 10% of the bond for a 12 month period or any part of it Mich. Stat. § 750.167b
Minnesota No maximum set   Minnesota Department of Commerce
Mississippi Cannot exceed $50 or 10%, whichever is greater; for defendants charged with a capital offense or residing out-of-state, greater of $50 or 15%   Miss. Code § 83-39-25
Missouri No maximum set Rate has to be on file with DOI. Missouri Department of Insurance
Montana No maximum set Subject to MCA. 33-16-203, MCA
Nebraska Commercial bail is very rare in Nebraska.
Nevada Cannot exceed $50 or 15%, whichever is greater.   NRS § 697.300
New Hampshire 10%   New Hampshire Insurance Department
New Jersey 10% $125 minimum New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
New Mexico 10%   New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
New York 10% up to $3000, 8% for $3000-$10000, 6% for the amount over $10000. In cases where the amount of the bond or deposit is less than two hundred dollars, a minimum premium of ten dollars may be charged. New York Insurance Department
North Carolina 15%   NC Stat. § 58-71-95(5)
North Dakota Cannot exceed 10% or $75, whichever is greater.   Summary of Insurance Legislation, North Dakota Department of Insurance
Ohio 10%   ORC Chapter 3905
Oklahoma No maximum set   Oklahoma Insurance Department
Oregon There is no private bail in Oregon.
Pennsylvania No maximum set   42 Pa. Stat. § 5748
Rhode Island Bail bonds regulated by the courts pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-13-21   R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-13-21
South Carolina May not be less than $25 and may not exceed 15% of the bond amount.   South Carolina Department of Insurance
South Dakota No maximum set While there are no minimums or maximums, must comply with SDCL 58-24. South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Tennessee 10%   Tenn. Code § 40-11-316
Texas In accordance to Chapter 17.04 of the Texas Occupations Code, counties regulate.   Texas Insurance Department
Utah 20% 10% minimum UT Administrative Rule R590-196-4
Vermont 10%   Vermont Department of Financial Regulation
Virginia 15%   Code of Virginia § 9.1-185.8
Washington No maximum set $50 minimum; other applicable fees may be added. Bonds over $1,000 are usually 10% of the bond. Washington Department of Licensing
West Virginia 10%   West Virginia Offices of Insurance Commissioner
Wisconsin There is no private bail in Wisconsin.
Wyoming No maximum set. Subject to Wyoming Statute 26-15-110. Wyoming Insurance Department

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What is a Bail Bond Premium?

A bail bond premium is the fractional amount paid to a bail bondsman instead of covering the entire bail amount as set by the court system.

Often times, people cannot cover the full amount of bail and utilize a bail bond to free their loved ones. For the agreed-upon bond fee, the bail bondsman assumes responsibility of the bail amount and making sure that defendant makes the necessary court appearances.

Who sets the Bail Premiums for States?

Often times, bail premiums are set by statute or by the state’s Department of Insurance. Several states don’t set a specific maximum bail premium but require a bail bonds company to have an approved rate on file that is not “excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.”  There are also multiple states that do not allow private bail. You must go through the jail systems for bail in the no bail states.

What are the Federal Rates?

Bail bond rates for federal courts are set at 15%. Immigration bonds are set at 20%.

No Bail States

The following states do not permit private bail agents to deal in bail bonds or commercial bail bonds are very rare in these states. Please contact your local court or the jail in which the person is held for more information about release.

  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nebraska
  • Oregon
  • Wisconsin
  • Washington, DC

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