Amendment of Bail Bond Disclosure Requirements

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019
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Notice of Adoption

Notice of Adoption to promulgate a new rule to implement Local Laws 142 and 143 of 2018, which require that bail bond agents make certain disclosures. 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs by Sections 1043 and 2203(f) of the New York City Charter, and Sections 20-104(b) and 20-833 of the New York City Administrative Code, and in accordance with the requirements of Section 1043 of the New York City Charter, that the Department adds Sections 5-272, 5-273, and 6-71 to Title 6 of the Rules of the City of New York.

This rule was originally proposed and published on December 19, 2018. A public hearing was held on January 18, 2019.  This rule was proposed and published again on February 27, 2019, and a second public hearing was held on March 29, 2019.

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

The Department of Consumer Affairs is adding new rules to implement Local Laws 142 and 143 of 2018, which require that bail bond agents make certain disclosures.  Local Law 142 requires bail bond agents to post a sign containing certain fee information at the location where transactions are executed.  Local Law 143, among other things, requires bail bond agents to provide a consumer bill of rights to prospective customers.  Specifically, these new rules:

  • clarify the size and font requirements for the informational sign required by section 20-831(b) of the Administrative Code;
  • clarify the size and font requirements for the informational flyer that must be given to consumers as required by section 20-831(c) of the Administrative Code;
  • create the consumer bill of rights required by section 20-831(a) and (c) of the Administrative Code; and
  • create the bail bond fees sign as required by section 20-832 of the Administrative Code.

Finally, these rules add a penalty schedule to chapter 6 of title 6 of the Rules of the City of New York for violations of the Code and Rules relating to bail bond agents.