Bail Bondsmen Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Bail Bondsmen Business


Your business requires a Graduated Business License (GBL). Use the links below to download a GBL application and/or access  information about the GBL. 

(Graduated Business License Information and Fee Schedule), (Graduated Business License Application)


If you are not sure if your business requires a Graduated Business License (GBL), please click the link "Business License Information", where you will find more information about licensing and a list of business types.  Once you are there, click on the business type that describes the type of business you plan to do in the City of St. Louis.

If you still have questions about your business type, please contact our office at 314-622-4528 to find out the appropriate steps that you will need to follow to obtain a business license for the City of St. Louis.


Step 1

Before visiting City Hall to acquire your Graduated Business License you must have Surety approved by:

   Court Administrators Office
   Pretrial Release Commissioner
   Carnahan Building
   1114 Market St.
   St. Louis, MO 63103

If you obtain a Surety Bond through an Insurance Co., that Insurance Co. MUST also be approved by the Court Administrators Office.

Step 2

Visit the License Collector’s office in Room 104 of City Hall.  For your convenience, you may fill out the Graduated Business License form in advance.  You can download it here.


Step 3

In addition to visiting the License Collector’s office, you will also need to obtain a clearance from the Collector of Revenue’s office at the location below:

    City Hall Room 410
    1200 Market St.
    St. Louis, MO 63103
    (314) 622-3291

        St. Louis City Ordinance 63454
        St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.010 - Statement of Clearance - Required

Step 4

You must also obtain an Occupancy Permit from the Building Division at the location below:

   Building Division
   Department of Public Safety
   City Hall Room 425
   1200 Market St.
   St. Louis, MO 63103
   (314) 622-3313

What to Expect

Once all clearances and payments are received, you will be able to obtain your license to do business in the City of St. Louis.

Additional Information

If you pay by check, the license application may be held for several working days until the check clears.

A separate Graduated Business License is required for each business location or trade name.

      St. Louis City Ordinance 52030
      St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.040

Please visit our general information page to get more important information that you will need to know before obtaining your business license.  You can get there by clicking the link:  "Business License Information".

For more information about the License Collector's Office other resources and services, please visit our office home page by clicking on the link "License Collector" below.  Once you are there, you will find a list of links to the various other resources and services provided by our office.  Those links can be found to the right of the home page under the section titled "Related information".

Link:  License Collector



Assessor - Personal Property Assessment and Records;

(314) 622-4171

1200 Market St, Rooms 115 & 117
St. Louis, MO 63103

Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact the Assessor - Personal Property Assessment and Records

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