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Which Surety Bonds in Pennsylvania Do You Need?

There are three types of surety bonding in Pennsylvania that can be required of you:

  • License bonds needed for many professions such as auto dealers and mortgage brokers to operate legally.
  • Contract bonds for public construction projects.
  • Court bonds required by the courts for various purposes.

It’s vital you understand how surety bonds work and that you're responsible to pay claims in full (including legal costs).

Getting License and Permit Bonds

Pennsylvania requires license and permit bonds in order to obtain and file licenses/permits for many different professions. You can find the full list of license and permit bonds required by using our bond requirement search tool.

Pennsylvania Surety Bond Search

Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Tax Bond Bureau of Motor and Alternative Fuel Taxes Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Appraisal Management Company Bond Commonwealth of PA - State Board of Certified Real Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Athlete Agent PA State Athletic Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Athlete Agent Bond Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Athletic Comm Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Auctioneer Bond State Board of Auctioneer Examiners Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Auctioneer or Trading Assistant Bond State Board of Auctioneer Examiners Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Barber Examiners Barber School Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners Barbe Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania BCO-160 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept of State Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania BOND - FORM BCO-160 Department of State Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania BOND AND SURETY (MEMO) Memo Money Order Company Inc Camp Hill Apply
Pennsylvania BOND FORM FOR PROFESSIONAL BOXING PROMOTER Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Bucks County Detectives License Bond Bucks County Clerks of Courts Doylestown Apply
Pennsylvania City of Pittsburgh Street Location Work Permit City of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania City of Pittsburgh, PA Excess Weight Bond City Of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania City of Pittsburgh-Telecommunications Installing and Operating Bond City of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania Collector-Repossessor Bond Department of Banking and Securities Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Credit Services Organization Bond department of state Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Dealer/Agent/Messenger/Salvor Department of Transportation - Bureau of Motor Vehicles - Dealer Registration Section Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Dealer/Agent/Messenger/Salvor Department of Transportation - Bureau of Motor Vehicles - Dealer Registration Section Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Debt Management Bond Department of Banking Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Detectives License Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Norristown Apply
Pennsylvania Dismantling of Deer Fences Bond Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - DCNR Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Employment Agencies PA Dept. of Labor and Industry Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Event Permit Bond Township of Bensalem Bensalem Apply
Pennsylvania Event Permit Bond (Antrim Township, PA) Antrim Township, Franklin County Greencastle Apply
Pennsylvania Fishing License Agent Bond Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Fringe Benefits Only Bond I.B.E,W Local Union #5 Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania Health Club Bureau of Consumer Protection Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania Herbicide Application Bond Game Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania IBEW Local Union #98 IBEW Local #98 Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania Investment Advisor Bond PA Securities Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Liquid Fuels and Fuels Tax PA Dept of Revenue Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Local 420 Steamfitters Bond Local 420 Steamfitters Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania Local Union 27 Plumbers Benefit Funds Bond Local 27 Plumbers Union Coraopolis Apply
Pennsylvania Lottery Retailer Pennsylvania Lottery Middletown Apply
Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Bond Dept of Revenue, Bureau of Business Trust Fund Tax Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Money Transmitter Bond Merchants Express Money Order Company, Inc. Camp Hill Apply
Pennsylvania Mortgage Broker Bond (Advance Fees) Bureau of Licensing, Compliance & Consumer Services, Dept of Banking Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Mortgage Lender Dept of Banking , PA 17101-2290 Apply
Pennsylvania Mortgage Loan Correspondent Bond (Advance Fees) Bureau of Licensing, Compliance & Consumer Services, Dept of Banking Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Mortgage Originator Bond Department of Banking and Securities Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Motor Carrier Broker License Bond (PUC No. A-0012344) Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania New, New & Used, Auto, & Mobile Home Dealers Dept of Transportation Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania News Stand Permit License Department of Licenses and Inspection Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania Official Inspection Station Certificate of Appointment Bond Manager of the Vehicle Inspection Division Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Wells Bond PA DEP Meadville Apply
Pennsylvania Outdoor Concert Event Permit Bensalem Township Bensalem Apply
Pennsylvania Peters Township, PA Road Weight Permit Bond Peters Township McMurry Apply
Pennsylvania Pine Township Excess Weight Permit Bond Pine Township Linesville Apply
Pennsylvania Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 47 Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 47 Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania Plumbers Local 27 Plumbers Local 27 Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania Private Academic Schools Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept of Education Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Private Detective Bond Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania PRIVATE LICENSED SCHOOL SURETY Commonwealth of PA - Dept of Education Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Professional Mixed Martial Arts Promoter Bond Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Professional Wrestling Promoter Bond PA State Athletic Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Public Adjuster Pennsylvania Insurance Department Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Public Offical License City of Johnstown Johnstown Apply
Pennsylvania Public Official Borough of Malvern Malvern Apply
Pennsylvania Public Official License City of Johnstown Johnstown Apply
Pennsylvania Public Utility License PA Dept of Licensing Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Public Utility License PA Public Utility Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Reading, PA UGI Utilities Reading Apply
Pennsylvania Real Estate Education Provider Bond Commonwealth of PA - Dept of State Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Removal of Deer Deterrent Bond Game Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Road Weight Permit Bond Township of Nottingham Eighty Four Apply
Pennsylvania Road Weight Permit Bond Township of Burlington Towanda Apply
Pennsylvania Sales Finance Company Bond Pennsylvania Department of Banking Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Sidewalk Cafe Bond (City of Philadelphia) City of Philadelphia, Department of Licenses Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania Solicitation Bond (Millcreek Township, PA) Millcreek Township Erie Apply
Pennsylvania Solicitation Bond (Planet Energy Pennsylvania Corporation) City of Altoona Department of Code Enforcement Altoona Apply
Pennsylvania Sponsor of Mortgage Originators Bond Department of Banking Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Steamfitters Local 449 Steamfitters Local 449 Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania SURETY BOND (Hauling) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Surety Bond (Street Permit) PENNDOT - Bureau of Maintenance & Operations Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Telecommunications Installing and Operating Bond City of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania Telemarketing Bond Department of State Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Temporary Boat Registration Agent PA Fish & Boat Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Timber Stumpage Sale Contract Bond Pennsylvania - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Title Insurance Agent Pennsylvania Department of Insurance Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Travel Agency Bond (PPUC) Public Utility Commission Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Union Township, PA Road Weight Permit Bond Union Township Finleyville Apply
Pennsylvania Utility Deposit Bond (PECO Energy) PECO Energy Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania Vegetation Removal Bond Commonwealth of PA - DCNR Harrisburg Apply
Pennsylvania Wage & Fringe Benefit Bond (IBEW Local 380) Local No.380 I.B.E.W. Collegeville Apply
Pennsylvania Wages & Fringe Benefit Bond IBEW Local No. 380 Collegeville Apply
Pennsylvania Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond Steamfitters Local Union 420 Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond IBEW Local 98 Philadelphia Apply
Pennsylvania Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond (Local Union 5, IBEW) I.B.E.W. Local Union #5 Pittsburgh Apply
Pennsylvania Weight Restricted Highways Program Performance Bond (Exhibit E) PENNDOT - Bureau of Maintenance & Operations Harrisburg Apply
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    Getting Contract Bonds for Public Jobs

    Contract bonds such as bid and performance bonds are needed to work on public construction jobs. However, these are usually required by cities or municipalities as opposed to the state. You can learn more about what’s needed to get bonds for public construction jobs.

    Getting Court Bonds in Pennsylvania

    Court bonds aren’t needed as often as the bonds mentioned above, but can be required by the courts if you need to appeal a court decision, become a legal guardian of a minor or operate as a fiduciary of an estate.

    What Do Pennsylvania Surety Bonds Cost?

    Surety bonds generally cost 1-15% of the required bond amount. Surety bond costs vary significantly depending on the bond amount that you need and your rate (which is the percentage of the full bond amount you must pay). You can use our bond premium calculator to get an instant estimate, or apply online to get an exact quote.

    Can You Get a Bond with Bad Credit?

    It’s possible to get a surety bond with credit issues, but it will depend on the bond type you need and how severe your credit issues are. You can get approved for most license and permit bonds regardless of your credit situation. However, it’s harder to get approved for contract bonds with bad credit. You may be able to get approved for contract bonds with minor credit problems (you’ll likely be limited to smaller projects). Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to get contract bonds with severe credit issues such as civil judgments or large collections. Remember, you’re responsible to pay bond claims, which makes finding a bond company that will defend you from claims priceless.


    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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