National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents

National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents. The Professional Association for Fugitive Recovery Agents, Bail Enforcement Agents & Bounty Hunters



Q:   What is a Fugitive Recovery Agent ? 

A:    A Fugitive Recovery Agent is a person hired or contracted by a Bail Bond Company or Surety to act as their Agent for the purpose of locating and apprehending a Fugitive that has failed to appear in court or has otherwise violated the Bail Bond Contract or Release Conditions. Fugitive Recovery Agents are sometimes referred to as Bail Enforcement Agents or Bounty Hunters.


Q:     Where do Fugitive Recovery Agents derive their arrest authority ?

A:     Below is Text from the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Taylor v. Taintor, 16 Wall (83 U.S. 366, 21 L. Ed 287) 

   "When bail is given, the principal is regarded as delivered to the custody of his sureties. Their dominion is a continuance of the original imprisonment. Whenever they choose to do so, they may seize him and deliver him up in their discharge; and if that cannot be done at once, they may imprison him until it can be done. They may exercise their rights in person or by agent. They may pursue him into another State; may arrest him on the Sabbath; and if necessary, may break and enter his house for that purpose. The seizure is not made by virtue of new process. None is needed. It is likened to the rearrest by the sheriff of an escaping prisoner"

Note: Some States regulate the way in which a Surety or his Fugitive Recovery Agent may apprehend a Fugitive. Please visit the members area for information concerning local regulations. Moreover, Fugitive Recovery Agents do not have authority to apprehend fugitives that have fled to a foreign country, however they may skip trace the fugitive and liaise with local authorities to effect an arrest when necessary. 


Q:     Does the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents require completion of a training program ?

A:     No, we do not require completion of a training program in order to Register. However, it is paramount that anyone working as a Fugitive Recovery Agent understand the legal framework under which they operate, particularly the regulations or practices in the area in which they operate, not to mention the safety considerations, tactical and investigate aspects of the profession. For this reason we recommend that anyone entering the profession seek a reputable training provider. We also encourage those that are new to the profession to utilize our Apprentice Roster for the purpose of connecting with an experienced Fugitive Recovery Agent in their area for further training and mentoring. 


Q:     Do Fugitive Recovery Agents carry Badges & Wear Tactical Gear ?

A:     This falls under "local regulations or practices" so there is no blanket answer that applies Nationally, i.e. Pennsylvania tends to be liberal concerning the use of Badges by Fugitive Recovery Agents, while Connecticut specifies the Badge in which Fugitive Recovery (Bail Enforcement) Agents carry. This is another example of why understanding the Legal Framework, local regulations and practices is paramount.  


Q:     Does the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents offer Badges ?

A:     No, because regulations & practices are not consistent at the National Level we do not offer Badges. However, we do offer the NAFRA Registered Fugitive Recovery Agent Photo ID Card. Registered Fugitive Recovery Agents carry this Photo ID and often wear it in plain view while working for quick identification, many also carry or wear it in conjunction with a Badge they purchased from a Fugitive Recovery Supply Store. The owner of  copstore.net is a NAFRA member and offers a discount  for fellow NAFRA members. You can find Fugitive Recovery Agent Badges and other gear on their website www.copstore.net.


Q:     What's the difference between the Registered Fugitive Recovery Agent Photo ID Card issued by the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents and the Generic ID Cards sold at online stores ?

A:     The Generic Fugitive Recovery Agent Photo ID Cards sold at online stores are a "Novelty" , similar to the "Press", "Navy Seal", "CIA"  or other gag ID's sold online, they are not issued by a bona fide third party organization and a legitimate professional would not carry such a Card. 

The Registered Fugitive Recovery Agent Photo ID Card issued by the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents is designed similar to Drivers License quality, it can be verified by contacting the NAFRA, it contains the NAFRA Seal,photo, physical description, issue/expiration date, a registration number and corresponding bar code. This Photo ID Card verifies that a Fugitive Recovery Agent is Registered with the National Association and is subject to our code of ethics and complaints or violations are investigated by our professional standards unit. 


Q:     What is the National Registry ?

 A:     Click here to learn more about the National Registry. 


Q:     What is the Apprentice Roster and how does it work ?

A:     Click here to learn more about the Apprentice Roster. 


Q:     What is the Active Agents Roster and how does it work ?

A:     Click here to learn more about the Active Agents Roster. 


Q:     What is the NAFRA policy concerning use of the NAFRA Logo ?

A:     Click here for more information. 


Q:     Are there any restrictions on who may register ?

A:     Yes, anyone convicted of a Felony within the past 15 years, or any misdemeanor in the past 7 years is ineligible, and anyone convicted of a violent felony, drug related felony or any category of sexual offense is permanently ineligible. Also, anyone that has been de-registered and had their membership revoked in the past must obtain special approval. 


Q:     How do Fugitive Recovery Agents get paid ?

A:     While some Bail Bond Companies have "in house" Fugitive Recovery Agents on their payroll, the majority of Fugitive Recovery Agents operate as independent contractors and are paid a commission of between 10% and 25% of the Bond.  


Q:    Can registering with the NAFRA help me to get Fugitive Recovery assignments ?

A:     Yes, being registered gives you National exposure in that Bail Bond Companies from across the country contact us looking for assistance in locating Fugitive Recovery Agents. This normally happens when they have a Fugitive that has fled to another city or state and they need the services of a Fugitive Recovery Agent outside of their own area. We utilize the Active Agents Roster to identify a Registered Fugitive Recovery Agent in that area.  


Q:     Why doesn't the NAFRA make the National Registry or Rosters available to the public ?

A:     Given the nature of this profession we consider information regarding Registered Fugitive Recovery Agents to be sensitive, these professionals often deal with dangerous people and situations so we consider protection of their privacy to be paramount. Information concerning Registered Fugitive Recovery Agents is provided on a need to know basis.