What Is a Delaware Contractor License Bond?
Construction contractors working in the state of Delaware must have a valid license. The licensing process requires contractors to secure a Delaware contractor license bond. This surety bond provides protection to customers and the state if business does not go as planned.
If work on a construction project is not performed in line with state rules and regulations, or if the contractor fails to complete a project, then a claim can be made against a Delaware contractor license bond. Claims are designed to cover financial losses or damages incurred by the contractor's misconduct or inability to complete the work.
How Does a Delaware Contractor License Bond Work?
A Delaware contractor license bond represents a contractual agreement among different parties.
The obligee is the state licensing authority requiring a bond to be posted as part of the licensing requirements for contractors in the state.
The contractor who is required to secure the bond for licensing is known as the principal.
The surety company provides the bond on behalf of the principal and initially pays any successful claims made against the bond.
Delaware Contractor License Bond Obligee Details
For Delaware licensed contractors, the obligee of a contractor bond is the State of Delaware. The contact information for the obligee is as follows:
State of Delaware
Division of Revenue
PO Box 8750
Wilmington, Delaware 19899
Who Needs a Delaware Contractor License Bond?
The state of Delaware requires specific individuals to obtain a license and a bond if they want to work on construction projects in the state. Resident and non-resident contractors must have a license and a Delaware contractor license bond.
Water drillers, electricians, plumbers, HVAC professionals, and pump installers must also have a license and a surety bond in place.
How Do You Get a Delaware Contractor License Bond?
You can start the process of securing a Delaware contractor license bond by submitting a short quote request online. The surety company needs details about the type of contractor license bond you need, as well as the total bond amount in order to provide an accurate quote.
If a credit check is needed, the surety company will provide this information and a quote once the details are reviewed. After paying the bond premium, a Delaware contractor license bond is in place until it needs to be renewed, typically one year after it is issued.
How Much Does a Delaware Contractor License Bond Cost?
Delaware contractor license bonds are priced based on the total amount of the bond required and the financial history of the licensed contractor. Cities and counties in the state dictate the total bond amount required, depending on the type of contractor license you hold.
A bond can range from $3,000 up to $200,000, but contractors are not required to pay this amount upfront. The surety company charges what is known as a bond premium, based on the total bond amount.
A bond premium typically ranges from 1 to 5 percent of the bond total, and the rate you pay is determined by your credit history.
Can I Get a Delaware Contractor License Bond with Bad Credit?
It is possible to obtain a bond with bad credit, but contractors who have had credit issues in the recent past will pay a higher bond premium than those who have a clean credit history.
How Do I Renew My Delaware Contractor License Bond?
Delaware contractor license bonds must be renewed one year after they are issued, and annually thereafter. You’ll receive a renewal notice each year, and it’s important to keep up with these renewals so that your bond does not expire.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Contractor license bonds ensure you will abide by the laws of your state, city or municipality when performing contracting work. Contract bonds guarantee public projects will be completed properly and are a separate bond type. You can learn more about contract surety bonds by visiting the contractor bond center.
It depends on who is requiring the bond of you, the local municipality, county or state. Depending on your location, it is possible you may need both a local and state bond, as contractor license bond requirements can vary drastically. You can select your state to see a full list of contractor license bond requirements.