California Surety Bond Guide

Which California Surety Bond Do You Need?

California requires two main types of surety bonds. The first are license and permit bonds needed for hundreds of professions such as contractors and auto dealers to operate legally. The second type is contract bonds for public construction jobs. If you're unsure of what bond type you need, continue reading or contact a bond professional. It's vital that you understand how surety bonds work and that claims can put your business at risk.

Getting License and Permit Bonds

California requires license and permit bonds in order to obtain and file licenses/permits for various professions. You can find the full list of license and permit bonds required in California by using our bond requirement search tool. The most commonly needed license bond is the contractor's license bond required by the CSLB for contractors to get their license. If you're a contractor, it's possible that you need both a contractor's license bond and contract bonds depending on the type of work and where you're performing it.

Getting Contractor Bonds for Public Jobs

As mentioned above, contract bonds such as bid and performance 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 public construction jobs.

What Do Surety Bonds Cost in California?

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). Find out how your rate is determined, or use our bond pricing tool to get a ballpark estimate or an exact 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. However, getting contract bonds with bad credit can be a bit trickier.

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.


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