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What is 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. If you would like to learn more about what surety bonds are and how they work, you can read our detailed guide here.

If you're unsure whether you need a bond, you can select your state from the list below to view the bond requirements.

What will your bond cost?

Bond costs are a small percentage of the bond amount and vary by applicant, bond amount and bond type. You can get a general idea of costs using our instant cost estimate tool. If you're ready for a firm quote, you can apply and get 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 surety bond writer in the country, we are able to obtain the lowest rates from the strongest bonding company partners.

Frequently Asked 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".

What if a false claim is filed?

You must contact us immediately, as we have a team of claim specialists here to find a resolution for you. Keep in mind, it is crucial that you work with an expert in the surety industry. Learn more about how to ensure you choose the proper bond company.

Are you looking for a different type of bond?

You can take a look at our full list of license and permit bonds.

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