Bail Bond Merchant Account Experts

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Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by Corepay

Bail bond merchants operate in a profitable yet highly risky industry. Whether you’ve been in the industry for many years or are a startup, we are confident we can assist and add immediate value to your business.

This article will explain what makes the industry risky and why you should choose Corepay for your merchant services.

Key Takeaways

  • Bail bond merchant accounts are specific payment processing accounts for high-risk bail bond businesses.
  • Bail bond merchants play a critical role in criminal justice by ensuring defendants have a material stake in their cases.
  • Banks consider bail bond businesses high-risk due to inconsistent cash flow, legality in specific states, and excessive chargebacks.
  • Corepay offers payment processing to bail bond businesses and ensures a swift onboarding process.

What Is A Bail Bonds Merchant Account?

It’s a type of bank account that allows your business to accept payments via credit or debit cards.

Because the bail bonds industry is considered high-risk due to inconsistent cash flow and a high rate of chargebacks, not all payment processors will accept bail bond-related transactions.

However, it’s about more than accepting payments. A good merchant account also offers features like fraud prevention and seamless integration with your existing systems, making it an essential tool for your business.

At Corepay, we offer an anti-chargeback suite through our sister company, CB-ALERT, significantly reducing merchants’ chargebacks.

Applying For Your Merchant Account

When you’re ready to start accepting payments for your bail bonds business, applying for a merchant account is straightforward.

  • Voided check
  • Proof of business/personal bank account
  • Prior processing history
  • Fully compliant website
  • Chargeback history

Why Are Bail Bonds Merchants High Risk?

Bail bond merchants are high-risk for several reasons:

  • Chargebacks: Chargebacks are rampant for several reasons in the bail bond industry. Chargebacks. Numerous defendants or their friends/families often utilize credit cards to settle payments with bail bond agents. Following the release of these individuals from jail, the person who made the payment may initiate a chargeback with their credit card company, seeking a refund.
  • Legality in certain states: Bail bonds are not legal in every state. As of 2024, commercial bail bonds are unlawful in Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin. 
  • Large transactions: Bail bond merchants often have larger than normal transactions, making them riskier than your average merchant.

Why Choose Corepay

At Corepay, we are registered as an iso in Europe and the USA, allowing us to offer our clients an experience and competitive pricing that others simply can’t match.

We boast years of experience collaborating with bail bond merchants, aiding them in reaching new heights.

Here’s a quick list of what we offer at Corepay:

  1. 24/7 customer services
  2. Fast onboarding
  3. Highly competitive rates
  4. Over 20 years of payment processing experience
  5. Deep understanding of the bail bond industry
  6. Maximum approval rates

Can You Use A Traditional Option Such As Paypal?

PayPal might seem logical for your bail bonds business, but significant limitations/problems exist. PayPal tends to be unfriendly to high-risk industries like bail bonds, explicitly prohibiting transactions associated with such activities in its user agreement. Additionally, their chargeback protection may not cover risky transactions, potentially leaving you responsible for fraudulent charges. PayPal also reserves the right to terminate accounts linked to high-risk activities abruptly. In essence, relying on PayPal for your bail bonds business could be risky. 

At Corepay, we recommend choosing a partner specializing in your industry.

Frozen Merchant Account

When you choose a low-risk partner such as Stripe or Paypal, you can begin accepting payments until they realize the type of business you are running.

Once they find out, your account can be closed or frozen immediately, leaving you with funds locked away for up to 180 days.

If this has happened to you, fill out the application on this page, and we will assist as swiftly as possible.

Customized Merchant Accounts Tailored To Your Needs

Tailor your merchant account to suit the distinct requirements of your bail bonds business, enabling you to maximize profits and explore new avenues in the competitive industry of bail bond sales.

A personalized merchant account provided by Corepay empowers you to fine-tune your payment processing specifically for bail bonds, ensuring smooth transactions and a boost in revenue. 

Leveraging our expertise in handling high-risk payment processing, we comprehend the unique challenges bail bond merchants face and present dependable and cost-efficient solutions.

Count on us to thoroughly discuss the following aspects before welcoming you onboard:

  1. Rate
  2. Reserves
  3. Payout Cycle
  4. Volume Limits
  5. EU Registration
  6. Chargeback Limits
  7. Banking Requirements
  8. Accepted Currencies
  9. Virtual Terminal Access
  10. Payment Gateway

If you’re looking for a long-term partner that is familiar with the industry, fill out the application below and find out what Corepay can offer.

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