2020 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 59A - Insurance Code
Article 51 - Bail Bondsmen Licensing
Section 59A-51-2 - Definitions.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 59A-51-2 (2020)

As used in the Bail Bondsmen Licensing Law:

A. "bail bondsman" means a limited surety agent or a property bondsman as hereafter defined;

B. "insurer" means any surety insurer that is authorized to transact surety business in this state;

C. "limited surety agent" means any individual appointed by an insurer by power of attorney to execute or countersign bail bonds in connection with judicial proceedings and receives or is promised money or other things of value therefor;

D. "property bondsman" means any person who pledges United States currency, United States postal money orders or cashier's checks or other property as security or surety for a bail bond in connection with a judicial proceeding and receives or is promised therefor money or other things of value; and

E. "solicitor" means a person employed by a bail bondsman for the purpose of assisting the bail bondsman in presenting the defendant in court when required, or to assist in the apprehension and surrender of the defendant to the court or in keeping the defendant under necessary surveillance, and to solicit bail bond business, to sign property bonds and to assist in other conduct of the business all as authorized by the employer bail bondsman. This does not affect the right of a bail bondsman to hire counsel or to ask assistance of law enforcement officers. A bail bondsman shall register a solicitor with the superintendent within seven days of employment.

History: Laws 1984, ch. 127, § 929; 2014, ch. 21, § 1.


The 2014 amendment, effective May 21, 2014, required bail bondsmen to register a solicitor with the superintendent; in the introductory sentence, after "As used in", deleted "this article" and added "the Bail Bondsmen Licensing Law"; and in Subsection E, added the last sentence.

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