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Which Washington Surety Bond Do You Need?

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

It’s important you understand how surety bonds work and that you're responsible to pay claims in full. You can also take a look at our guide to learn how to get bonded in Washington State.

How to Get Licensed and Bonded in Washington State

Washington requires license and permit bonds in order to get 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.

The most frequently needed license and permit bond is the continuous contractor’s bond for general and specialty contractors, which is required by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Another license bond that’s often applied for is the vehicle dealer bond required by the Washington State Department of Licensing (a bond is also required for vessel dealers, vehicle manufacturers, registered tow truck operators, wreckers and scrap metal businesses).


Washington Surety Bond Search

Washington Agricultural Dealer Bond Department of Agriculture Olympia Apply
Washington Appraisal Management Business & Professions Division Olympia Apply
Washington Appraisal Management Company Washington Dept of Licensing - Business & Professional Division Olympia Apply
Washington Appraisal Management Company Bond Real Estate Appraisal Management company Olympia Apply
Washington Auction Company WA State Dept of Licensing- Auctioneer Section Olympia Apply
Washington Auctioneer/Auction Company Bond State of Washington Seattle Apply
Washington Bail Bond Agency/Branch Office Washington State Department of Licensing Olympia Apply
Washington Bond of Registered Waste Tire Storage Site Owner Department of Ecology Olympia Apply
Washington Check Seller Business Bond WA Department of Financial Institutions Tumwater Apply
Washington Collection Agency or Out-of-State Collection Agency Bond Business and Professions Division, Collection Agency Section Olympia Apply
Washington Commercial Fundraiser State of Washington - Secretary of State Olympia Apply
Washington Commercial Installer and/or Maintenance Service Provider Specialist Bond Island County Health Department Coupeville Apply
Washington Consumer Loan Business Bond Dept. of Financial Institutions Olympia Apply
Washington Continuous Contractor's Surety Dept of Labor and Industries, Contractors Registration Section Olympia Apply
Washington Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics, and/or Manicuring School Washington Department of Licensing Lacey Apply
Washington Electrical/Telecommunications Contractor's State of Washington Dept of L&I Olympia Apply
Washington Escrow Agent Business State of Washington D.F.I. Olympia Apply
Washington Farm labor Contractor Bond Dept of Labor & Industries Employee Standards Sec Olympia Apply
Washington Fire Sprinkler System Contractor's License Bond Fire Protection Bureau-Sprinkler Licensing Program Olympia Apply
Washington Fuel Tax Bond Washington State Olympia Apply
Washington Health & Welfare, Vacation, Pension Funds & JATC Fund Assessments Bond Puget Sound Electrical Workers Seattle Apply
Washington Hearing Aid Business License Washington State Department of Health Olympia Apply
Washington In Lieu of Deposit Bond Puget Sound Energy Bellevue Apply
Washington Insurance Agents/Brokers Bond State of Washington Olympia Apply
Washington Insurance Broker's Bond Insurance Commissioner Olympia Apply
Washington Investment Adviser Surety WA Securities Division Olympia Apply
Washington Lease and Commission Agreement Bond Convenience Retailers LLC Kent Apply
Washington Local Union 191 Welfare Traning Fund Board of Trustees of the Fringe Benefit Board Everett Apply
Washington Mortgage Broker Business Dept of Financial Institutions Olympia Apply
Washington Mortgage Broker Business w/ Independent Contractors Dept of Financial Institutions Olympia Apply
Washington Mortgage Broker Dealer Washington State Securities Division Olympia Apply
Washington Operate Money Services Business Department of Financial Institutions Olympia Apply
Washington Port of Townsend Lease/Contract Bond The Port of Port Townsend Port Townsend Apply
Washington Private Investigative Agency Public Protection, Department of Licensing Olympia Apply
Washington Professional Boxing, Martial Arts, and Wrestling Washington State Department of Licensing Olympia Apply
Washington Promoter's License and Refund Bond Nevada Athletic Commission Seattle Apply
Washington Recreational License Dealer Bond Department of Fish and Wildlife, License Division Olympia Apply
Washington Residential Loan Servicing Business Bond Dept of Financial Institutions Redondo Apply
Washington Seller of Travel Surety Washington Department of Licensing Olympia Apply
Washington Service Contract Provider's Bond Insurance Commissioner of the State of Washington Olympia Apply
Washington Side Sewer Contractor Performance and Warranty Bond (Remond, WA) City of Redman Redmond Apply
Washington Side Sewer Contractor Registration City of Seattle, Department of Planning & Developm Seattle Apply
Washington Small Loan Endorsement Bond DEPT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Olympia Apply
Washington Structural Pest Inspector Bond Department of Agriculture Olympia Apply
Washington SURETY BOND - DEGREE-GRANTING INSTITUTIONS Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board Olympia Apply
Washington Vehicle Ownership Bond Professions Division Department of Licensing Olympia Apply
Washington Vehicle, Vessel, Vehicle Manufacturer, Department of Licensing Olympia Apply
Washington Vehicle, Vessel, Vehicle Mfgr, Reg Tow Truck Oper or Wrecker Bond Department of Licensing Olympia Apply
Washington Vehicle, Vessel, Vehicle Mfgr, Reg Tow Truck Oper or Wrecker Bond Department of Licensing Olympia Apply
Washington Warehouseman/Grain Dealer Bond WA Department of Agriculture Spokane Apply
Washington Waste Tire Carrier State of Washington Olympia Apply
Washington Wholesale Cigarette Dealer Bond Special Programs Department Olympia Apply
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    Getting Construction Bonds for Jobs

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

    Getting Court Bonds

    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 Washington Surety Bonds Cost?

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

    Can You Get Surety Bonds in Washington with Bad Credit?

    It’s possible to get surety bonds with bad credit, 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 with bad credit. However, it is more difficult to get contract bonds with credit issues.


    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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