- In most states, bounty hunters are allowed to arrest individuals as long as they have an undertaking order that identifies the person as a fugitive.
- Bounty hunters are allowed to pursue a fugitive anywhere within a specific state, although an arrest usually can not be made near schools unless the local police is also involved.
- In certain states, such as California and Iowa, bounty hunters must pass a background check before they are issued a working license (which can be revoked in the case of a felony).
- In most states, bounty hunters are not allowed to carry weapons or require a special carrying license to do so.
- Local officials must be notified before an arrest can be made, although some states allow exceptions in high-risk cases, if time is short or the fugitive has a high chance of escaping again.
- Some states, including Florida, do not allow bounty hunters.