California Surety Bonds

Surety bonds in California are legally binding agreements between the principal, obligee and surety that ensure obligations are met.Learn more

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Popular California Surety Bonds


Airlines Reporting Corporation Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Airlines Reporting Corporation


Business Services Dishonesty Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Variable obligee


California State of California Commercial Cannabis Licensee Bond

California
California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)



California California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program Centralized Applications Unit Care Facility Bond

California
California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program Centralized Applications Unit




California State Board of Equalization Aircraft Jet Fuel Dealer Bond

California
California State Board of Equalization


California State Board of Equalization Alcoholic Beverage Tax Bond

California
California State Board of Equalization


California State Board of Equalization Sales and Use Tax Bond

California
California State Board of Equalization


Cemetery and Funeral Bureau Cemetery Brokers Bond

California
Cemetary and Funeral Bureau


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare Durable Medical Equipment DMEPOS Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services




City and County of San Francisco Street Improvement Bond

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City and County of San Francisco












City of Los Angeles Grading Permit Bond

California
City of Los Angeles





California Concessionaire Bond

California
Variable obligee










California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, State of California Finance Lender and/or Broker Bond

California
Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, State of California


Department of the Army SDDC Freight Carrier Performance Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Department of the Army


Department of the Treasury Federal TTB Brewer's Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Department of the Treasury


Department of the Treasury Distilled Spirits Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Department of the Treasury



Department of Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Federal TTB Manufacturer Exporter Tobacco Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Department of Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)



Division of Codes and Standards, Registration and Titling Program Floating Home Bond

California
Division of Codes and Standards, Registration and Titling Program


California Electrical Industry Service Bureau, Inc. (E.I.S.B., Inc) Fringe Benefits Bond

California
Electrical Industry Service Bureau, Inc. (E.I.S.B., Inc)



ERISA - Qualified Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Variable obligee




Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration BMC-84 Freight Forwarder (ICC Broker) Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration



Federal/countrywide Installation Made Easy, Inc. IME Affiliate Surety Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Installation Made Easy, Inc.


Janitorial Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Variable obligee







Pacific Gas and Electric Company Utility Deposit Bond

California
Pacific Gas and Electric Company






California Process Server Bond

California
Variable obligee







Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artists SAG AFTRA Franchised Talent Agency Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artists



Social Security Administration Representative Payee Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Social Security Administration





Special Authorities Division, X-46, Office of International Aviation, US Department of Transportation Direct Air Carriers Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Special Authorities Division, X-46, Office of International Aviation, US Department of Transportation






California STATE OF CALIFORNIA / BUSINESS & TRANSPORTATION AGENCY / DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION / TOLL BRIDGE ADMINISTRATION Guarantee Toll Charges Bond

California
STATE OF CALIFORNIA / BUSINESS & TRANSPORTATION AGENCY / DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION / TOLL BRIDGE ADMINISTRATION












California State of California, Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources Blanket Oil and Gas Well Indemnity Bond

California
State of California, Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources


Commissioner of Business Oversight Check Sellers, Bill Payers and Proraters Bond

California
State of California, Department of Financial Protection and Innovation


California State of California Commercial Cannabis Licensee (Cultivation) Bond

California
State of California, Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)


California State of California, Department of Insurance Bail Bond Agent

California
State of California, Department of Insurance


California State of California, Department of Insurance Bail Bond Permittee

California
State of California, Department of Insurance


California State of California, Department of Insurance Bail Bond Solicitor

California
State of California, Department of Insurance


Producer Licensing Bureau Cargo Shipper's Agent Bond

California
State of California, Department of Insurance


California State of California, Department of Justice Seller of Travel Bond

California
State of California, Department of Justice












State of California Guide License Bond

California
State of California



State of California Health Studio Bond

California
State of California














State of California Notary Public Bond

California
State of California












California Secretary of State Job Listing Service Bond

California
State of California, Secretary of State





State of California Tax Preparer Bond

California
State of California










California The County of Orange, State of California Subdivision Tax Bond

California
The County of Orange, State of California




United State Postal Service Contract Postal Unit Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Variable obligee


United States of America Federal TTB Wine Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
United States of America



US Department of Agriculture Food Stamp Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
US Department of Agriculture




US Department of Commerce National Marine Fisheries Inspection Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
US Department of Commerce


US Department of Homeland Security Airport Customs Security Area Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
US Department of Homeland Security


US Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD Manufactured Housing Installer Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
US Department of Housing and Urban Development


US Department of Labor H-2A Farm Labor Contractor Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
US Department of Labor


US Department of Transportation Public Charter Operators Bond

Federal/countrywide Bonds
US Department of Transportation





How do you get a CA surety bond?

Surety bonds in California are legally binding agreements that ensure obligations are met. There are three parties involved in the contract:

  • The principal: The party that must fulfill the obligation.
  • The obligee: The party that needs a guarantee the principal will perform.
  • The surety: The party that issues the bond to guarantee the performance of the principal. If the principal fails to meet the agreed obligations, the surety will pay out claimed losses up to the bond amount with the principal ultimately liable for those losses.

The process in California begins when the obligee informs you or your business a surety bond is required. You must then research the type of bond that you need and its specific requirements. From there, you will apply online for the bond through a surety company or agency.

The surety company will require you to provide personal and business information such as names, addresses, social security numbers, and employee identification numbers. Their underwriters will use this information to review your financial health to assess the risk of issuing you the bond.

After your application is approved, you will receive a surety bond quote with the bond premium (which is another name for the price of the bond and which varies depending on the amount of bond coverage you applied for). If you accept the quote, you pay the premium and the surety company issues you the bond.

Who needs a surety bond in California?

California requires many different surety bonds across a variety of industries. There are two primary categories for these bonds; contract bonds and commercial bonds.

Contract Surety Bonds help project owners ensure that contractors perform their work properly. There are different types of contract bonds, including performance bonds which protect the project owner from financial loss if the contractor fails to perform in accordance with the agreement.

Contract Surety Bonds are most common in the construction industry but can also be used for janitorial services, transportation, and security services.

Commercial Bonds are often related to a specific license or permit and are required by the state of California and other municipal entities to ensure businesses conform to all regulations and codes needed to protect the general public. Some of the most common bond types include:

How much does a surety bond cost in California?

Surety bond costs vary depending on the bond amount and the premium rate. The obligee sets the required bond amount and the surety determines your premium rate, which is the percentage of the total bond amount you pay as the premium.

Premium rates for surety bonds in California tend to range between 1% and 15%. When determining the rate of the premium, the surety evaluates your credit history, financial statements, industry experience, and licensing history. The better your financial standing, the better rate you will receive. Bad credit won’t necessarily prevent you from obtaining a bond in California but it can result in higher premiums.

Below are the costs for some of the more popular surety bonds in the state of California.

  • California Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond: Auto dealers selling new motor vehicles are required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to post a surety bond of $50,000. EZ Surety Bonds can issue these bonds for a premium as low as $500, issued instantly.
  • Contract License Bond: The CSLB requires contractors in California to post a $15,000 surety bond. EZ Surety can issue these bonds for a premium as low as $349. Contract License Bonds are subject to underwriting meaning your personal credit history will determine the total price.
  • BMC-84 Freight Broker Bond: Freight brokers and freight forwarders are required by the FMCSA to post a $75,000 surety bond to receive a freight broker license. EZ Surety can issue these bonds for a premium as low as $938, subject to underwriter review.