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Which California Surety Bonds Do You Need?

There are three types of surety bonds that can be required of you:

  • License bonds needed for various professions such as contractors and tax preparers to operate legally.
  • Contractor bonds for public construction projects.
  • Court bonds required by California courts for various purposes.

It's vital that you understand how surety bonds work. Since you are responsible to pay bond claims, it’s important that you choose only to work with bond agencies that will defend you from claims. You can also read our guide to learn how to get bonded in California.

Getting License and Permit Bonds

California requires license and permit bonds in order to obtain and file licenses/permits for various professions such as a California tax preparer bond (sometimes referred to as a CTEC bond), a contractor’s license bond, a seller of travel surety bond or an auto dealer bond. You can find the full list of license and permit bonds that are required by using our bond requirement search tool.

California Contractors Bond for Your License

The most commonly needed license bond is the California contractor bond required by the CSLB (Contractors State License Board) for contractors to get their license. If you're a contractor, it's possible that you need both a California contractor’s license bond and contractor bonds for public jobs depending on the type of work and where you're performing it.


California Surety Bond Search

California (National City, CA) Pawn Broker Bond City of National City National City Apply
California Adoption Facilitator Dept of Social Services-Adoptions Support Unit Sacramento Apply
California Auctioneer/Auction Company California Secretary of Sate Sacramento Apply
California Auctioneer/Auction Company Bond California Secretary of State Sacramento Apply
California Bill Guaranty Bond (PG&E) PG&E Sacramento Apply
California Bond of Public Insurance Adjuster State of California Sacramento Apply
California Bond of Qualifying Individual CSLB Sacramento Apply
California Bond of Seller State Board of Equalization Sacramento Apply
California Bond of Special Lines' Surplus Line Broker Producer Licensing Bureau Sacramento Apply
California Bond of Surplus Line Broker State of California - Dept of Ins Sacramento Apply
California Business Partner Automation Registration Operations Division Sacramento Apply
California Business/Dealer Bond (City of Hawthorne, CA) City of Hawthorne Hawthorne Apply
California Car Wash Department of Industrial Relations San Francisco Apply
California Cargo Shipper's Agent Bond Producer Licensing Bureau Sacramento Apply
California Cemetary Broker Cemetery and Funeral Bureau Sacramento Apply
California Check Sellers Bond CA Commissioner of Business Oversight Los Angeles Apply
California Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Bond State of California Dept of Equalization Sacramento Apply
California City of Los Angeles Utility Bond Department of Water and Power Los Angeles Apply
California Commercial Fundraiser for Charitable Purposes Bond Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts Sacramento Apply
California Commercial Requester Account State of California DMV Sacramento Apply
California Company Registration Structual Pest Control Board Sacramento Apply
California Company Registration Bond Structural Pest Control Board Sacramento Apply
California Contract Postal Unit USPS Frazier Park Apply
California Contractor's Bond Contractors State License Board Sacramento Apply
California County Sanitation Contractor License PP County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles Whittier Apply
California CPCN or WIR Telephone Corporation Bond California Public Utilities Commission San Francisco Apply
California CPUC - NDIEC Telephone Corporation Bond Public Utilities Commission of California San Francisco Apply
California Credit Services Organization Bond Secretary of State Sacramento Apply
California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law Licensee Department Of Corporations Los Angeles Apply
California Diesel Fuel Supplier Bond California Board of Equalization Sacramento Apply
California Disposal Payment Bond Allied Waste Transfer Services of California, LLC Santa Fe Springs Apply
California District Council of Iron Workers CA District Council Of Iron Workers Roseville Apply
California Driving School Owner or ATV Safety Training Org Principal Bond Department of Motor Vehicles Sacramento Apply
California Edison Company Southern California Edison Company Rosemead Apply
California Electric Service Provider Bond California Public Utilities Commission San Francisco Apply
California Employment Agencies CA Secretary of the State Sacramento Apply
California Employment Counseling Service California Secretary of State Sacramento Apply
California Escrow Licensee California Department of Corporations Los Angeles Apply
California Farm Labor Contractor Bond Dept of Industrial Relations San Francisco Apply
California Fee-Related Talent Service Bond CA Dept of Industrial Relations San Francisco Apply
California Finance Lender Commissioner of Corporations, Dept of Corporations Los Angeles Apply
California Financial Responsibility Bond CA DMV Sacramento Apply
California Foreclosure Consultant Bond Secretary of State Sacramento Apply
California Foreign Vehicle Ownership Bond State of California Dept. of Motor Vehicles Sacramento Apply
California Franchise Registration Bond Department of Corporations Los Angeles Apply
California Guarantee Payment of Taxes in Subdivisions Bond Auditor-Collect/Treas/Tax Coll/Prop Tax Div San Bernardino Apply
California Health and Human Services Agency CA Health & Human Services Sacramento Apply
California Health Facility Bond CA Dept of Public Health Sacramento Apply
California Home Study Traffic School Traffic Violator School Monitoring Division - LA Monterey Park Apply
California Immigration Consultants California Secretary of State Sacramento Apply
California Insurance Adjuster Bond Producer Licensing Bureau Sacramento Apply
California Insurance Broker Bond Producer Licensing Bureau Sacramento Apply
California IRP Bonded Web User Bond Department Of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Div. Sacramento Apply
California Legal Document Assistant California Secretary of State Sacramento Apply
California Lessor-Retailer Bond State of California Department of MVD Sacramento Apply
California Meter Reader Contract Bond The City of Needles Needles Apply
California Mobile Car Wash State of California DMV Rancho Cucamonga Apply
California Modesto Irrigation District Utility Deposit Bond Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Apply
California Money Order, Money Gram, Buypay Bond PNB Remittance Center, Inc. Los Angeles Apply
California Mortgage Broker Commissioner of Corporations, Dept of Corporations Los Angeles Apply
California Motor Vehicles Ownership Bond State of California Dept of Motor Vehicles Sacramento Apply
California Motorcycle Dealer, Motorcycyle Lessor-Retailer, All-Terrain Vehicle Dealer, or Wholesale-Only Dealer (Less Than 25 Vehicles Per Year) Bond Department of Motor Vehicles - Occupational Licensing Sacramento Apply
California Northern California Drywall Finishers Dist 16 Northern CA Health & Welfare Trust Fund Oakland Apply
California Parking Lot License City of Los Angeles Los Angeles Apply
California Parking Occupancy Tax Collection Bond City of Los Angeles - Office of Finance Los Angeles Apply
California Parking Tax Collection City and County of San Francisco San Francisco Apply
California Pawnbroker RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF Riverside Apply
California Pawnbroker Department of Justice Sacramento Apply
California Pawnbroker Bond City of Newport Beach, CA Newport Beach Apply
California Pawnbrokers Department of Justice- Second Hand Dealer Pawn Bro Sacramento Apply
California Pest Control Business Licensees Bond State of Califonia, Department of Pesticide Regula Sacramento Apply
California Pharmacy Wholesaler or Non-Resident Wholesaler California State Board of Pharmacy Sacramento Apply
California Professional Club and Promoter's Bond State Athletic Commission Sacramento Apply
California Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond State of California, Public Utilities Commission San Francisco Apply
California Public Utilities Commission Public Utilities Commission San Francisco Apply
California Public Works Bond (Sonoma County Department) Sonoma Count PRMD Santa Rosa Apply
California REGISTRATION SERVICE SURETY BOND California Registration Operations Division Sacramento Apply
California Residential Mortgage Lender and-or Servicer Bond Commissioner of Corporations, Dept of Corporations Los Angeles Apply
California Retail Dealer Department of Motor Vehicles - Occupational Licensing Sacramento Apply
California Retail Dealer Department of Motor Vehicles - Occupational Licensing Sacramento Apply
California Roofers Health and Welfare Trust Roofers Health and Welfare Trust Fund of California Downey Apply
California Sacramento Municipal Utility District Bond Sacramento Municipal Utility District Sacramento Apply
California Sales, Use & Consumer Tax Bond State Board of Equalization Irvine Apply
California San Francisco Street Excavation Bond Dept of Public Works San Francisco ca San Francisco Apply
California SCEC Utility Deposit Bond Southern California Edison Company Covina Apply
California SDGE Utility Deposit Bond SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC San Diego Apply
California Seller of Travel Discount Programs Bond Secretary Of State Sacramento Apply
California Seller of Travel Surety Bond Dept. of Justice, Seller of Travel Program Los Angeles Apply
California Sewer/Storm Drain Connectin Bond City of Los Angeles Los Angeles Apply
California SMWIA Performance Bond SMWIA, Local 104 San Jose Apply
California Southern California Gas Company Bond Southern California Gas Company Los Angeles Apply
California Southwest Gas Corporation Utility Bond Southwest Gas Corporation Victorville Apply
California Southwest Gas Corporation Utility Deposit Bond Southwest Gas Corporation Victorville Apply
California Streetwork and Excavation Bond (City of Fresno) City of Fresno Fresno Apply
California Subdivision Tax Bond (County of Alameda, CA) County of Alameda Oakland Apply
California SURETY BOND / PRODUCE DEALERS ACT Department of Food & Agriculture Sacramento Apply
California Talent Agency Department of Industrial Relations San Francisco Apply
California Talent Agency Screen Actors Guild Agency Los Angeles Apply
California Tax Preparer Bond Tax Education Council Sacramento Apply
California Telephonic Seller Bond Attorney General's Office Los Angeles Apply
California Third-Party Logistics Provider or Nonresident Third-Party Logistics Provider Bond California State Board of Pharmacy Sacramento Apply
California Tobacco Manufacturer and Importer Bond CA Office of the Attonrey General Sacramento Apply
California Traffic Violator School (TVS) Owner Department of Motor Vehicles Sacramento Apply
California TRAFFIC VIOLATOR SCHOOL (TVS) OWNER BOND Department of Motor Vehicles Sacramento Apply
California User of Fuel Bond State Board Of Equalization Sacramento Apply
California Vehicle Verifier State of California DMV Sacramento Apply
California Wage & Welfare Sprinkler Fitters UA Local #709 Whittier Apply
California Waste Collector's Performance Bond City of Los Angeles - Environmental Affairs Dept Los Angeles Apply
California Waste Hauler Bond County Santiation Districts of Los Angeles Whittier Apply
California Waste Tire Hauler California Integrated Waste Management Board Sacramento Apply
California Wholesaler or Nonresident Wholesaler Surety Bond State Board of Pharmacy Sacramento Apply
California Yacht and Ship Broker Bond California Department of Boating and Waterways Sacramento Apply
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    Getting a Contractor's Bond in California for Public Jobs

    Contractor bonds such as bid, performance and payment bonds are required to bid and work on public construction jobs. However, they're usually required by cities or municipalities rather than the state. Learn more about how you can get bonded for projects by reading our construction bond guide. As mentioned above, contractors who want to get their license also need contractor’s license bonds in California.

    What Do Surety Bonds in California Cost?

    Surety bonds generally cost 1-15% of the required bond amount. Surety bond costs vary drastically depending on the bond amount required of you and your rate (which is the percentage of the full bond amount you must pay). You can get a ballpark estimate by using our bond premium calculator, or you can apply online to get a firm bond quote.

    Can You Get Bonded with Bad Credit?

    It's possible to get surety bonds in California with bad credit, but it will depend on the bond type that you need and how severe your credit issues are. You can get approved for most license and permit bonds regardless of your credit issues.

    Getting Court Bonds in California

    Lastly, court bonds are less commonly needed, but can be required by California courts if you need to appeal a court decision, become a legal guardian of a minor or operate as a fiduciary of an estate.


    Frequent Questions

    What is the process to obtain the bond?

    Apply, get approved online, submit the indemnity agreement, and pay for the bond online. Then we will ship the original bond to you using your preferred method of shipping.

    Can I get this bond with bad credit?

    Yes. We have exclusive programs that allow us to write these bonds, even if you have credit issues. You can apply and get a quote instantly.

    Does it matter where I get my bond?

    Yes. Due to the large volume of bonds written, we provide the lowest rates possible. Apply on our website and receive an online approval instantly.

    What if a false claim is filed?

    You need to contact the surety company's claims department and present proof that the claim is false.

    Do all states require a bond?

    No, many do not. You can view our full list of state bond requirements. It is also wise to contact your state directly to determine any requirements youm ust meet.


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