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In Minnesota, there are no bounty hunters specific law.  Minnesota’s statutes currently do not contain regulations regarding the licensing of bail bond recovery or bail enforcement agents. A bounty hunter’s conduct must comply with any applicable state laws.

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 629.63, the surety may arrest or have another person or the sheriff arrest the defendant, when a surety believes that a defendant for whom the surety is acting as bonding agent:

  • is about to flee;
  • will not appear as required by the defendant’s recognizance; or
  • will otherwise not perform the conditions of the recognizance.


When a surety or another person at the surety’s direction arrests the defendant, the surety or the other person shall take the defendant before the judge before whom the defendant was required to appear and surrender the defendant to that judge[i].

[i] Minn. Stat. § 629.63.

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