“Can I sign for myself,” they ask, “or will I need another cosigner?”

Bail bonds companies often get phone calls from people who have been recently arrested, asking if they are eligible to cosign for their own bail bonds.


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There is no cut and dry answer to this question since there are many factors that will contribute to the bondsman’s decision. This includes everything from whether the defendant has a prior history of arrest, if they live locally (or out of state,) whether the defendant is employed, what type of work they do and how long they’ve been with their job, whether they were arrested for warrants (because they have a past history of not going to court when they are supposed to), the overall health of their credit score and whether the person in custody owns their own home.

If you are wanting to sign for your own bail bonds, the  bail bondsman will likely ask if they can run your credit; if you own your own home they may also run a property report.

Yes, the agent will check these things.

If the person in custody claims to have excellent credit and own their own home, but a search shows the defendant doesn’t have credit or own their own property, they will clearly not be permitted to sign for themselves and the bondsman will require an outside signer.

On the other hand, if the defendant has stable employment, this is their first arrest and their credit report looks good, there is a very good chance they will be able to post their own bail bonds.