FAQ: Do I have to use a bondsman or can I just pay the bail myself?
In San Mateo, a bondsman is not required to post bail. However, most people simply find it more convenient and affordable. For most, the high San Mateo bail amounts are not affordable. If the bail amount is one you can afford to pay, you may go directly to the court or jail to post the bond for your friend or family member. Bail must be paid with cash or a cashier’s check. Depending on the amount of bail, the court will need to verify that the funds were obtained legally.
Since bail is often in excess of $10,000 and may range as high as a million dollars, paying for San Mateo bail in cash is out of reach. Instead, the cost of a bail bond, 10% of the full bail amount, is more reasonable. Keep in mind that when you use a bondsman, you pay a non-refundable fee.
For information on San Mateo County bail bonds, call 1-650-227-3547 and a licensed bondsman will explain your options.