Alabama - Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond

What Is the Purpose of the Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond?

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) requires individuals seeking a Special Agent License to obtain the $1,000 Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond (formally referred to as the Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Indemnity Bond). The surety bond provides an assurance that the special agent will collect, handle, and appropriately transfer all license funds due to the DCNR. The bond will act as a financial guarantee in cases of the special agent not upholding such obligations. 

Who Needs the Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond?

Any Alabama resident, firm, or corporation that is engaged in the business of selling hunting and fishing equipment may apply for a Special Agent License for the purpose of issuing hunting and fishing licenses to the public. The $1,000 Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond is a requisite of the Special Agent License application. 

There is no record of available exemptions or alternatives to this bonding requirement. 

What Do Surety Underwriters Need to Know About the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond?

Suretypedia has confirmed with industry experts that the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Indemnity Bond is low risk for underwriters to take on. While the bond amount does stand at a low $1,000 limit, some surety companies utilize a standard credit check of the applicant when providing rates while others do instant issue. 

Obtaining a Special Agent License is a pretty simple process. Individuals, firms, and corporations that meet Alabama special agent qualifications may apply for a Special Agent License by submitting a written application to their local county judge of probate or license commissioner. If granted, an official filing of the Special Agent License and Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is required. The special agent may not be furnished with a number of blank licenses from the county probate judge or license commissioner that value exceeds the $1,000 bond limit. 

The special agent is in charge of issuing hunting and fishing licenses to the public, as well as the collection, handling, and transfer of license funds due to the DCNR. The tasks are straightforward, and therefore it is rare for violations to go unresolved. If such a case occurs, the special agent’s license will be revoked and a claim will be filed on their bond.  

What Do Surety Claims Handlers Need to Know About the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond?

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources may file a claim on the Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond if the special agent violates the regulations of their license pursuant to Alabama Legislature Title 9, Chapter 11, Article 2, or the terms of their Special Agent Contract with their local probate judge or license commissioner. 

Special agents must submit accurate records of licenses issued, as well as all funds collected for the sale of such licenses, and a copy of the license sold to their local probate judge or license commissioner by the fifth of each month. Failure to do so is the ultimate reason for the pursuance of a bond claim by the DCNR. 

It is unclear what steps will be taken by the DCNR when it comes to bond claims, but it is assumed they will be notified of the special agent’s violations by their local probate judge or license commissioner only after they have been given a chance to resolve the violation through immediate payment of all hunting and fishing license funds due. In cases where the special agent is unable or refuses to resolve the issue, an official bond claim will be filed against them.

If an official claim is filed on the Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond, the DCNR should give a clear timeline for the bond handling and claim payout deadline, but if they do not, it is recommended that the surety provider default to their company’s claim handling and payout timeline standards.

How Much Does the Alabama Bond Cost?

The cost of a Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond ranges from 1 to 10% of the $1,000 bond limit. Surety company-provided rates will depend on the results of the principal’s personal credit check, if one is being completed. 

How Is the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond Filed?

The Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond is required to be signed and sealed by the surety provider and must contain a wet signature of the principal. The original bond form is required to be filed with the granted written Special Agent License to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources offices. The principal may submit an application for a Special Agent License by submitting such in writing to their local county judge of probate or license commissioner. 

All documentation must be sent to the following address:

Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
64 North Union Street, Suite 468
Montgomery, AL 36130

Can the Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bond Be Cancelled in Alabama?

The bond may be cancelled at any time by the surety provider. A written notice of cancellation must be sent to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Liability will be released within 30 days of receiving such notice. 

Are Hunting and Fishing Special Agent Bonds Renewable?

Yes, the surety bond is required to be renewed as long as the licensed special agent wants to engage in the issuance of Alabama hunting and fishing licenses. 

There is a common bond expiration date for the special agent set on every 31st of August. The bond form also states that the surety company may continue this bond from year to year by simply issuing a continuation certificate to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at least 30 days before the termination date.