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Why do you need a public official bond?

You are required to obtain a bond to protect the public. If you do not follow county, municipality or state regulations while in public office, a claim can be filed on your bond. For example, if you are acting as a city treasurer and steal taxpayer money, a claim can be made.

What's your bond cost?

Bond costs vary by applicant, bond amount, bond type & the agency you choose. You can get a general idea of costs using our Quick Estimate tool to the right or an exact quote instantly online!

Why our rates are so low

When it comes to surety bond insurance, there is safety in numbers. As the largest volume writer in the country, we are able to obtain the lowest rates from the strongest bonding company partners.


Frequent Questions

What is the process?

Apply, get approved instantly, sign the indemnity agreement, pay on our website and we will ship the bond to you.

Where can I get a public official bond form?

We have public official bond forms on file. If we do not have the bond form you need, you must get it from the obligee (the one requiring the bond).

Who pays for a public official surety bond?

The government requiring the bond typically pays for it, as it is insures the government against public official theft. However, the public official will still need to personally indemnify, making them responsible for reimbursing any claims that may be filed on the bond.

Why is the public official's personal credit reviewed?

It is used as an indicator of how a public official handles financial obligations, the likelihood of bond claims and the ability of the public official to pay them.

Can a claim be filed after the bond expires?

Yes. There is a discovery period where claims can be filed on the bond after it has expired. The discovery period can vary depending on the specific bond form language. This is often referred to as a "bond tail".


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Our company has been with JW Surety for several years now so when we needed to obtain a bond for a new company, we immediately went to them for help. Our rep, Melissa, was extremely helpful and prompt which made the process extremely easy for me.
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Trying to get a local Surety Bond was like driving a car on three tires. I searched Surety Bonds and found JW Surety Bonds. I got online and filled out the information and with in 30 minutes received a response from Melissa. She was informative, friendly and helpful. One more super satisfied customer.

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