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May I file a surety bond in lieu of money?
Yes, if the Appearance Bond states that a surety bond is acceptable in lieu of money. You must obtain a surety bond from a certified company approved by the United States Treasury. A list of acceptable surety companies is accessible at the United States Department of the Treasury's Financial Management Service's website at:, or you can contact:

United States Department of the Treasury
Surety Bond Branch
3700 East West Hwy., Room 6A04
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(202) 874-6850

After the company is approved by the United States Treasury, the company is also required to file a Power of Attorney with this Court. A total of seven original Powers of Attorney are required in this District (one for each division) at a cost of $322.00. Please see the Fee Schedule.