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Which Surety Bond in Texas Do You Need?

There are three types of surety bonds in Texas that can be required of you:

  • License bonds needed for many professions such as contractors and auto dealers to operate legally.
  • Court bonds required by Texas courts for various purposes.
  • Contractor bonds for public construction projects.

The obligee (the one requiring the bond of you) should be able to provide a copy of the Texas surety bond form you need. It’s important that you understand how surety bonds work and that you're responsible to pay claims. You can also take a look at our guide to learn how to get bonded in Texas.

Getting License and Permit Bonds

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

One of the most commonly needed license bonds is the Texas motor vehicle dealer bond needed to sell vehicles and get a dealer license, which is required by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TXDMV). Another commonly needed bond is the certificate of title bond needed to transfer the ownership of a vehicle that has a lost/inaccurate title, which is also required by the TXDMV. Lastly, another frequently needed bond is the contractor license bond required to perform contracting work in several cities across Texas. Keep in mind, there are no contractor license bonds required by the state itself, only cities and towns. It’s possible that you may need both a contractor license bond and contract bonds depending on the type of work and where you’re performing it.

Texas Surety Bond Search

Texas (City of Copperas Cove, TX) Solicitation Bond City of Copperas Cove, Texas Copperas Cove Apply
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Texas 7-11 Preformance Bond 7-Eleven, Inc. Dallas Apply
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Texas Annual Contractor License Bond (City of Austin, TX) City of Austin Austin Apply
Texas Athlete Agent Secretary of State Austin Apply
Texas Athlete Agent Financial Services Bond Secretary of State Austin Apply
Texas Atmos Energy Utility Deposit Bond Atmos Energy Corporation Dallas Apply
Texas Barber School Bond Texas Department of Licensing and Registration Austin Apply
Texas Bingo Prize Fees Texas Lottery Commission Austin Apply
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Texas Blanket Performance Bond Railroad Commission of Texas: Oil & Gas Division Austin Apply
Texas BNSF Railway Company-Transportation Charges Bond BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth Apply
Texas Book/Magazine Solicitors Bond City of Euless Police Dept Euless Apply
Texas Building Contractor's Bond (City of Abilene) City of Abilene Abilene Apply
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Texas Business Opportunity Seller SECRETARY OF STATE - Statutory Documents Section Austin Apply
Texas Centerpoint Energy Utility Bond CenterPoint Energy Houston Apply
Texas Certificate of Title Bond Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Houston Apply
Texas Child and Adult Care Food Program Bond Texas Department of Agriculture Austin Apply
Texas City of Galveston, TX -(Local) Payment & Performance City of Galveston Galveston Apply
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Texas Conduct Surety Bond Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Austin Apply
Texas Consumer Debt Management Services The Office of Consumer Credit Austin Apply
Texas Continuous Bond of Seller (Sales Tax) Dept. of Licensing Austin Apply
Texas Continuous Manufactured Housing License Dept of Housing and Conmmunity Affairs - MHD Austin Apply
Texas Contract/Alternating Resident and Non Resident Brewers and Manufactures Fee Interest Bond Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Austin Apply
Texas Contractor License - Galveston, TX City of Galveston, TX Galveston Apply
Texas Contractor License Bond (City of Amarillo, TX) City of Amarillo Amarillo Apply
Texas Contractor License Bond (El Campo, TX) City of El Campo El Campo Apply
Texas Contractors Bond (City of Midland, TX) City of Midland Midland Apply
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Texas Environmental Monitoring Facility Removal Closure and Restoration Bond City of Houston Department of Public Works Houston Apply
Texas Equipment Use Bond BNSF Railway Fort Worth Apply
Texas For-Profit Legal Services Contracts Department of Licensing and Regulation Austin Apply
Texas General Contractor Bond (City of Lockhart, TX) City of Lockhart Lockhart Apply
Texas General Contractor License Bond City of Galveston Galveston Apply
Texas General Contractor's City of Olmos Park San Antonio Apply
Texas Grain Warehouse Schedule D- Operator Bond Texas Department of Agriculture Austin Apply
Texas Gross Receipts Tax Bond Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Austin Apply
Texas Guaranty Bond City of Dallas Water Department Dallas Apply
Texas Health Spa Secretary of State Austin Apply
Texas Home Improvement Contractor Bond (City of Converse) City of Converse Converse Apply
Texas Home Improvement Contractor's/Salesman Bond City of Kirby San Antonio Apply
Texas Insurance Agency Department of Insurance Austin Apply
Texas International Fuel Tax License Bond Comptroller of Public Accounts Austin Apply
Texas Liquor Tax Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Austin Apply
Texas Medicaid Provider Bond Medicaid & Health Partnership Austin Apply
Texas Metal Recyclers, Metal Dealers or Secondhand Resellers City of Houston, TX Houston Apply
Texas Money Services Bond Texas Banking Commissioner Austin Apply
Texas Mortgage Lender Dept of Savings and Mortgage Lending Austin Apply
Texas Motor Fuels Tax (Diesel) Continuous Comptroller of Public Accounts Austin Apply
Texas Motor Fuels Tax (Gasoline) Continuous Comptroller of Public Accounts Austin Apply
Texas Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Department of Transportation - Motor Vehicle Division Austin Apply
Texas Navigator Entity Bond Texas Department of Insurance-Financial Regulation Austin Apply
Texas Nursing Homes Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services Austin Apply
Texas Outdoor Advertisers Bond Department of Transportation Austin Apply
Texas Over Axle and Over Gross Weight Tolerance Permit Bond Dept. of Motor Vehciles, Motor Carrier Division Austin Apply
Texas Paving Bond (City of Dallas) City of Dallas Dallas Apply
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Texas Pole Attachement AEP Texas Central Company Corpus Christi Apply
Texas Polygraph Examiner Bond Department of Licensing and Regulation Austin Apply
Texas Private Child Support Enforcement Agencies Bond Texas Department of Banking Austin Apply
Texas Professional Employer Organization Bond Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Austin Apply
Texas Public Insurance Adjuster Bond Texas Department of Insurance Austin Apply
Texas Public Safety Organization, Independent Promoter Texas - Office of Attorney General Austin Apply
Texas Real Estate School Texas Real Estate Commission Austin Apply
Texas Residential Mortgage Loan Servicer Bond Dept of Savings and Mortgage Lending Austin Apply
Texas Residential Service Company Bond Texas Real Estate Commission Austin Apply
Texas Sales Tax Bond Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Austin Apply
Texas Service Contract Provider State of Texas Austin Apply
Texas Service Contract Provider Surety State of Texas Austin Apply
Texas Sexual Oriented Business Bond (County of Ector) Ector County- Sgt. Lewis Odessa Apply
Texas Staff Leasing Service TX Dept of Licesning and Regulation Austin Apply
Texas Subscription Program Texas Department of Health Austin Apply
Texas TABC - Performance Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Austin Apply
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Texas Tax Bond Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Austin Apply
Texas Taxable Fuel Bond Certification Department of the Treasury Houston Apply
Texas Telephone Solicitation Office of Attorney General Austin Apply
Texas Texas Escrow Officers Schedule Bond Texas Department of Insurance Austin Apply
Texas Texas-New Mexico Power Company Utility Bond Texas New Mexico Power Company Lewisville Apply
Texas Third Party Debt Collector Bond Secretary of State, Statutory Documents Section Austin Apply
Texas Title Insurance Agent's Direct Operation's Bond Department of Insurance Austin Apply
Texas Utility Deposit Bond CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Houston Apply
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Texas Utility Deposit Bond City of Fort Worth Water Department Fort Worth Apply
Texas Utility Deposit Bond (City of Houston) City of Houston Houston Apply
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Texas Utility Services Bond ATMOS ENERGY Dallas Apply
Texas Vendor's Bond CITY OF PLACIOS Palacios Apply
Texas Veterans Organization Solicitor's Bond Secretary of State Registrations Unit Austin Apply
Texas Wage and Welfare Bond (Local Union #68) U.A. Plumbers Local Union No. 68 Houston Apply
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    Getting Court Bonds in Texas

    Court bonds can be required by the courts for various reasons. For example, you’ll need an appeal bond in Texas if you want to appeal a court decision. If you want to become a legal guardian of a minor/disabled individual, you’ll need a guardianship bond. Lastly, you will need a probate bond if you want to operate as a fiduciary of an estate.

    Getting Contract Bonds for Public Jobs

    Contract bonds such as bid and performance bonds are needed to bid and work on public construction jobs. However, they’re typically required by cities or municipalities as opposed to the state. Learn more about the process of getting bonded for jobs by reading our construction bond guide.

    Texas Surety Bond Costs

    "How much will my surety bond cost?" is one of the most common questions. Surety bonds generally cost 1-15% of the required bond amount. Pricing varies drastically depending on the bond amount required of you and your rate (which is the percentage of the full bond amount you must pay and will depend on your financial strength, e.g. personal credit). Bond costs are generally 1-10% of the full bond amount that's required of you in Texas. For example, if you need a $10,000 bond, your costs could be anywhere between $100 - $1,000. Bond pricing varies drastically depending on the bond amount required of you 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. If you need to get a firm surety bond quote, you can apply to get an online approval. Keep in mind, pricing isn’t the only thing you should think about when buying a surety bond. Purchasing your bond from the wrong Texas bonding company can lead to it getting rejected with no refund. Find out how to choose the right bond company for you.

    Can You Get Bonded with Bad Credit?

    It’s possible to get surety bonds with bad credit in Texas, but it will depend on the bond type you need and how serious your credit issues are. You can get approved for most license and permit bonds even with bad credit.

    It’s also possible to get approved for court bonds with credit issues, but this will depend on how serious the issues are.

    However, it’s harder to get contract bonds with credit issues. You may be able to get contract bonds with minor credit problems; however, you’ll probably be limited to smaller projects. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to get approved for contract bonds with severe credit issues such as large collections or civil judgments (unless you’re a larger contractor with strong CPA business financials). Surety companies will view your personal credit issues as a direct reflection of how you will handle the responsibilities that come along with working on a public job, and your ability to pay bond claims if they happen. Find out how our company can save you money on bond claims if they happen.


    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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