Michigan Surety Bonds

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

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Popular Michigan 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



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

Federal/countrywide Bonds
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services









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)


















Michigan Director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services of the State of Michigan Deferred Presentment Service Provider Bond

Michigan
Director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services of the State of Michigan




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











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











Trustee Bond

Michigan
Variable obligee


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 MI surety bond?

Surety bonds in Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan

The state of Michigan requires a variety of surety bonds which can be broken into two primary categories: 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 tend to relate to a specific license or permit and are required by the state of Michigan and other municipal groups to ensure businesses comply with all regulations and codes needed to protect the general public. Some of the most common bond types in Michigan include:

  • Motor Vehicle Dealer Bonds: The Michigan Department of State requires a surety bond to sell used or new motor vehicles in the state.
  • Mortgage Broker Bonds: The Michigan Department of Financial and Insurance Services requires Insurance Broker Bonds to guarantee industry standards and regulatory compliance.
  • Contractor License Bonds: These bonds are required in the city of St. Clair Shores and Oakland County to ensure that a contractor complies with laws relating to their field.
  • Vehicle Title Bonds: Title bonds are required by the Michigan Department of State in situations where a vehicle’s title is lost or defective.
  • Freight Broker Bonds: These bonds are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to legally operate as a transportation broker.
  • Collection Agency Bonds: The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs requires surety bonds to ensure collection agencies accurately report the accounts they collect.
  • Notary Bonds: The Michigan Secretary of State requires surety bonds to ensure notary publics perform their function as an unbiased and impartial witness.

How much does a surety bond cost in Michigan?

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 tend to range between 1% and 15%. When determining your premium rate, the surety company evaluates your credit history, financial statements, industry experience, and licensing history. The better your financial standing, the better rate you will receive. Bad credit can result in higher premiums and make it harder to secure certain bonds.

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

  • Michigan Mortgage Broker Bond: Mortgage brokers with loan volume between $12 million and $24 million are required by the Michigan Department of Financial and Insurance Services to post a surety bond of $25,000. EZ Surety Bonds can offer premiums for these bonds as low as $375.
  • Janitorial Service Bond: Cleaning services can post surety bonds to provide reassurance and protection to their customers. Total bond amounts for Janitorial Service Bonds start at $10,000 depending on the size of the company. EZ Surety can issue these bonds in the state of Michigan for a premium as low as $111, instantly.
  • 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.